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Renowned art historian T. J. Clark, George C. and Helen N. Pardee Chair at the University of California–Berkeley, will speak on "Bruegel’s Consumers" on Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Reed's Vollum lecture hall as a Stephen Ostrow Distinguished Visitor in the Visual Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public; for more information see or call 503/777-7755.

T. J. (Timothy James) Clark is the author of books that include Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism (1999), The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers (1984), and The Absolute Bourgeois: Artists and Politics in France 1848-1851 (1973), as well as articles and interviews in many books and journals. Clark was born in Bristol, England, in 1943; he earned a B.A. in modern history at Cambridge and a Ph.D. in art history at the Courtauld Institute, University of London. He has taught at the Universities of Leeds and Essex, the Camberwell School of Art, UCLA, and Harvard. Clark has won many honors, among them an Award for Criticism from the PEN Center USA West, a fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and two research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities; in 2000 and 2001 he was named a Getty Scholar by the Getty Research Institute. He is currently working on a book about two paintings by Nicolas Poussin, Landscape with a Calm and Landscape with a Man Killed by a Snake, and on a book about the depiction of ground level in painting, which will include his work on Bruegel.

The Stephen Ostrow Distinguished Visitors Program in the Visual Arts was established by a generous 1988 gift to Reed from longtime friends of the college Edward and Sue Cooley and John and Betty Gray in support of art history and its place in the humanities. The intent of the program is to bring to campus creative people who are distinguished in connection with the visual arts and who will provide a forum for conceptual exploration, challenge, and discovery. The program is named in honor of Stephen Ostrow as a tribute to his career and out of respect for his advisory role in the formulation of the Cooley-Gray gift and the design of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. Ostrow is the former chief of the prints and drawings division of the Library of Congress.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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