Muses on the Mount
Holy Cross Celebrates 40 Years of Women in the Arts

Reunion Presented by the Visual Arts Department
March 22-24, 2013

2013 marks the 40th anniversary of women’s admittance to Holy Cross.

Jay A. Clarke

Jay A. Clarke has served as Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute since 2009, and is also a lecturer in the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College. Her publications include Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth (2009); essays on the critical reception of Käthe Kollwitz and Max Beckmann and on Julius Meier-Graefe as an art dealer; and several articles on Edvard Munch. She was the editor of Negotiating History: German Art and the Past (2002); Tradition, Innovation, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art (2012), and the forthcoming The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec (2013); and coeditor of The Spiritual Landscapes of Adrienne Farb, 1980–2006 (2006).

Jay A. Clarke received her Ph. D. from Brown University, working under the leadership of Kermit Swiler Champa, whose impassioned lectures inspired several generations of historians and curators. She served for twelve years as Assistant and then Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, curating a number of exhibitions including German Art and the Past: Prints and Drawings from Friedrich to Baselitz, Postwar German Works on Paper: Gifts of Susan and Lewis Manilow, Goya’s Vision: Prints from the Permanent Collection, and Max Klinger's 'A Glove': Tradition, Fashion, and Fantasy. Her exhibition Becoming Edvard Munch was hailed by The New York Times as “a thrilling exhibition” and by the Chicago Tribune as “among the institute’s finest of the last 30 years.”

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Tentative Schedule