Clark art Institute’s research and academic program presents Lecture on the Collages of Henri Chopin

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Caitlin R. Woolsey presents “New Old Media: Tape, Type, and the Undiscovered Collages of Henri Chopin” on Tuesday, February 18, at 5:30 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in the Clark Art Institute’s auditorium.

Woolsey discusses the collages of Henri Chopin (1922–2008), better known for his “audiopoems” and concrete poems, discovered after his death. The talk considers how the medium of collage, favored by avant-garde circles in the early twentieth century, offered a way to reimagine the relations among image, text, and sound in the postwar period. More specifically, Woolsey examines how the limited materials Chopin chose to work with—magnetic tape, paper and typewriter ink, found objects, and ephemeral detritus—might reflect the obsolescence of media as the artist was confronting his own mortality.

Caitlin R. Woolsey is the Manton Post-doctoral Fellow in the Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program. Her research revolves around the historical confluence of visual art, performance, and media in the twentieth century. Before joining the Clark, she assisted in curating an exhibition of experimental poetry at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in fall 2019. Woolsey is currently preparing a book manuscript that examines how the integration of sound transformed intermedia artistic practices in France in the decades following the Second World War.

Learn more at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

ABOUT THE CLARK

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 275,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

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