Clark Art Lecture on Edgar Degas

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30 pm, the Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program presents a lecture by Michelle Foa (Tulane University/Florence Gould Foundation Fellow) in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center. 
 
According to a press release:
 
Foa frames Edgar Degas as an artist who was committed, above all, to investigating the life of matter and the matter of art, and whose career-long fixation on materials informed his work, practices, and interests in remarkable and little-understood ways. Foa is the co-curator of the Clark's upcoming Edgar Degas: Multi-Media Artist in the Age of Impressionism exhibition, along with Anne Leonard, the Clark's Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. The exhibition is on view from July 13 through October 6, 2024.
 
Described by a close friend as "an artisan passionate about all the means of his art" and his work characterized by one critic as "a strange collection of trials and errors," Degas' corpus was thoroughly shaped by his penchant for experimentation with diverse media and processes. More than a century after his death, there is still a great deal left to discover about the complexity and significance of Degas' unusual modes of production; his intertwining of motif, making, and media throughout his work; and his consistent testing of the possibilities and limits of representation.
 
Michelle Foa is associate professor of art history at Tulane University, where she focuses primarily on nineteenth-century European art and visual and material culture. Her current research interests include the history and ecology of artists' materials; the relationships between art, science, and technology; the history of conservation; and the intersections of art history and environmental studies. At the Clark she will work on two book projects: The Matter of Edgar Degas and The Making and Unmaking of Nineteenth-Century Paper. The former analyzes the conceptual complexity of the artist's material and technical experimentation and his various strategies for evoking the materiality and heft of the world around him in pictorial form. The latter draws out the network of global developments that dramatically reshaped the production and consumption of paper over the course of the nineteenth century and explores the impact of these developments on artistic and cultural production of the period.
 
Free. Accessible seats available; for information, call 413 458 0524. A reception at 5 pm in the Manton Research Center reading room precedes the event. 

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Williamstown Town Meeting Passes Progress Pride Flag Bylaw Amendment

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Mount Greylock sophomore Jack Uhas addresses town meeting on Thursday as Select Board member Randal Fippinger looks on.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — By a ratio of nearly 2-to-1, town meeting Thursday passed a bylaw amendment to allow the Progress Pride flag to be flown on town flag poles.
 
The most heavily debated article of the 40 that were addressed by the meeting was decided on a vote of 175-90, amending a flag bylaw passed at last year's town meeting.
 
Mount Greylock Regional School sophomore Jack Uhas of the middle-high school's Gender Sexuality Alliance opened the discussion with a brief statement, telling the 295 voters who checked into the meeting that, "to many, the flag is a symbol that, in our town, they belong."
 
The speakers addressing the article fell roughly in line with the ultimate vote, with eight speaking in favor and four against passage.
 
Justin Adkins talked about his experience as, to his knowledge, the only out trans individual in the town of about 7,700 when he moved to Williamstown in 2007.
 
"Most people, when I moved here, had never met a trans person," Adkins said. "Today, that is not the case. Today, many people in this room are free to say who they are.
 
"LGBTQ-plus youth still face a world where their basic being is questioned and legislated. … Flying a flag is, really, the least we can do."
 
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