Clark Institute to launch lecture series on Brazilian Art


Running through June 2021, the Clark Institute’s Research and Academic Program (RAP) will present the monthly lecture series Art Worlds of Brazil / Os Mundos da Arte no Brasil, in anticipation of the 35th Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA) World Congress: “Motion: Migrations” to be held in São Paulo, Brazil from August 2–6, 2021. 

These pre-recorded lectures will be available on the Clark Institute and CIHA websites ( and 

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Each month, a scholar and foremost expert from Brazil will lecture on Brazil’s artistic heritage and contemporary culture. These talks will intend to introduce viewers to the rich, varied, and historically complex art environments of Brazil, spanning architecture, museums, galleries, collectives, alternative circuits, and artistic traditions originating within and expanding beyond the country’s borders. The series offers viewers the chance to learn directly from the academics and museum professionals who are researching, writing, teaching, conserving, and exhibiting these histories today.

Topics range from modern architecture and Indigenous art and collections to Afro-Brazilian and Japanese art traditions in Brazil, as well as many more exciting subjects. 

“This significant international collaboration allows an opportunity to highlight the important work of our colleagues in Brazil and the extraordinary collections held in Brazilian institutions,” the Starr Director of RAP, Caroline Fowler, said. “This lecture series also re-imagines lecture programming for the future, so that it may be accessible on a digital platform to a wide and diverse audience who otherwise might not be able to attend the lectures if they were held either in Williamstown or São Paulo.” 

Here is the full scheduled list of upcoming lectures:

  • November 19, 2020: Nineteenth-Century Art Collections in Brazilwith Valeria Piccoli (Pinacoteca São Paulo) 
  • December 10, 2020: Indigenous Art and Art Collections in Brazil with Naine Terena (Catholic University of Mato Grosso do Sul) [This lecture will be presented in Portuguese with English subtitles.] 
  • January 28, 2021: Contemporary Art Circuits in São Paulo (MAM, MAC, Biennale, Instituto Tomie Othake, SESC, Itaú Cultural, VideoBrasil)with Ana Magalhães (Contemporary Art Museum, University São Paulo) 
  • February 25, 2021: African and Afro-Brazilian Art Collections in Brazil with Juliana Ribeiro da Silva Bevilacqua (Queen’s University) 
  • March 18, 2021: Afro-Brazilian Contemporary Art Circuits in Brazil with Hélio Menezes (independent curator) 
  • April 22, 2021: Art Galleries in São Paulo and São Paulo Art Fairwith Felipe Chaimovich (Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado) 
  • May 27, 2021: Modern Architecture and Landscape Design in Brazil with Vera Beatriz Siqueira (State University of Rio de Janeiro) 
  • June 24, 2021: Japanese Art Traditions in Brazilian Contexts with Michiko Okano (Federal University of São Paulo)

Lectures are convened by Claudia Mattos Avolese, a member of the CIHA São Paulo organization committee, and the Research and Academic Program of the Clark Art Institute. 

The Clark Art Institute, opened in 1955 and 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.  

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