Art historian Susan Dackerman (10/4) and artist Paul Chan (10/25) to deliver Claflin Lectures at Vassar in October.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Art historian and Vassar alumnus Susan Dackerman ’86 and artist Paul Chan will deliver two Claflin Lectures this October. On Thursday, October 4, at 5:00pm, in Taylor Hall, room 203, Dackerman will discuss “Dürer’s Prints and the Pursuit of Scientific Knowledge,” while on Thursday, October 25, at 6:00pm, in Tayor Hall, room 102, Paul Chan delivers a lecture entitled “Untitled.” Both programs are free and open to the public.

A graduate of Vassar College in art history, Susan Dackerman earned her M.A. and Ph. D.  degrees from Bryn Mawr. Formerly  head of the Department of Drawings, Prints and Photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art, she has been, since 2005, Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints at the Harvard University Art Museums where last year she produced  a major exhibition entitled Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe.

Paul Chan is an artist who lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited widely in many international shows including: Documenta 13, Kassel, 2012; Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, 2009; Medium Religion, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2008; Traces du sacrê, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2008 and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include Paul Chan: The 7 Lights, Serpentine Gallery, London and New Museum, New York, 2007–2008. In 2007, Chan collaborated with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Creative Time to produce a site-specific outdoor presentation of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot in New Orleans. Chan’s essays and interviews have appeared in Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, October, Tate etc, Parkett, Texte Zur Kunst, Bomb, and other magazines and journals. Chan's books are published by Badlands Unlimited.

These lectures, sponsored by the Art Department, are presented under the auspices of the Agnes Rindge Claflin Lecture Series. Past speakers in the Claflin Lecture series include artist, curator, and critic Robert Storr; New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl; architect David Childs; art historians Thomas Crow, Stephen Murray, and Yoshiaki Shimizu; and artists Ellen Altfest, Marc Handleman, Joan Jonas, Ellen King, Karyn Olivier, Charles Simonds, Erica Svec, and Craig Taylor.

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Posted by Office of Communications Monday, September 10, 2012