Distinguished Visiting Art Historian to Give Public Lecture at Clark Art Institute

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. Sept. 19, 2003–Whitney Chadwick, the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor of Art History at Williams College, will give a talk “Amazons and Warriors: New Images of Femininity in Early Twentieth-Century France” on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Clark Art Institute Auditorium. A reception will follow the talk.

She is the author of numerous books and articles on the role of women in the arts and surrealism, including “Amazons in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks,” which offers a comprehensive analysis of the life of the 17th century female artist and reproduces for the first time in color 34 of the 40 nudes and portraits that Brooks painted and “Women and Artists in the Surrealist Movement.” Chadwick’s book,” The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars” is scheduled for publication this year by Rutgers University Press

At Williams this fall, Chadwick is teaching in both the Williams undergraduate and graduate art history programs. She is teaching “American Art: the 1960’s and 1970’s,” which begins with the study of pop and minimalist art before exploring the wide range of post-minimal art and its relationship to the social and political unrest of the time and a graduate course, “Reading/ Re-reading Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” a study of Picasso’s famous work in context of modernist theory before taking up revisionist critiques.

Chadwick is professor of art at San Francisco State University. She has also taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Her awards include the Distinguished Alumni Award in Art History from Pennsylvania State University in 2000 and the Award of Distinction from the National Council of Art administrators in 1999. This year, she is also a Clark Fellow at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Chadwick received her B.A. in fine arts from Middlebury College in 1965 and her Ph.D. in art history from Pennsylvania State University in 1975.


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