WILLIAMSTOWN -- Please join the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. for a very special afternoon with 2012 Clark Prize recipient Brian O’Doherty.
O’Doherty’s lecture, "Hopper’s Windows," offers personal insights into the life of his longtime friend, the enigmatic artist Edward Hopper.
O’Doherty will take questions from the audience before introducing Hopper’s Silence, a documentary film he created in 1981. The film, which begins at 3 p.m., examines Hopper’s paintings and the locations that inspired them, includes footage taken in the artist’s New York City studio as well as interviews with acquaintances.
A man of many parts, O’Doherty’s most durable identity has been both as artist and writer. He joined the New York Times as an art critic in 1961, was the editor of Art in America from 1971 to 1974, and has published many critical essays and several books, including "Object and Idea, American Masters: the Voice and the Myth"; the influential "Inside the White Cube: Ideologies of the Gallery Space"; and "Studio and Cube."
In addition to these achievements, O’Doherty has served as director of both the visual arts and film and media programs at the National Endowment for the Arts; taught film and art criticism at Barnard College and Long Island University; and has written two works of fiction, "The Strange Case of
As an artist, O’Doherty has exhibited at Documenta and the Venice Biennale and shown widely in Europe and America. He has had several retrospectives, most recently at New York University’s Grey Gallery in 2007. In 2012, the Galerie Thomas Fischer in Berlin hosted his most recent exhibition, where he was a guest of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Frequently intrigued by issues of identity, O’Doherty began signing his work under the name Patrick Ireland as a response to the "Bloody Sunday" killings in his native Ireland in 1972.
He maintained the pseudonym for 36 years until formally burying the identity after Northern Ireland established an all-party government in 2008.
Trained as a physician, O’Doherty holds a medical degree from University College Dublin and conducted research in experimental psychology at Cambridge University. He earned a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University after emigrating in 1957.
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