Professor contemplates what makes Western art western

Thursday March 28, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Amherst College professor Carol Clark will discuss the works that have defined American "western" art in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 3. Her talk, "What’s Western about Western American Art?" is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7 p.m.

Clark will consider the works of painters such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, George Catlin and Albert Bierstadt to probe undercurrents of racial mixing, psychological displacement and violent encounters that over time have defined the American West as place and idea.

Clark is William McCall Vickery 1957 Professor of the History of Art and American Studies at Amherst College, and chairwoman of Art and the History of Art department. She holds a bachelor’s in history and a master’s in the history of art from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in the history of art from Case Western Reserve University. Her courses address Art of the United States, with a focus on the 19th-century and on public art.

The talk is free and open to the public.

The 2012-2013 First Wednesdays series in Brattleboro concludes with "Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day" with Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea on May 1.

Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Brattleboro Savings and Loan, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, New Chapter, Inc., The Vermont Country Store and Windham World Affairs Council of Vermont.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or or visit


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