Edvard Munch’s lifelong use of repetition in his paintings and prints was as much about commerce as it was about neurotic preoccupation. This lecture will investigate how the artist’s repeated visual motifs – such as The Scream,Madonna, and The Sick Child – changed and took on new meanings throughout his career.

About Dr. Jay A. Clarke

“Dr. Jay A. Clarke is Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and Lecturer in the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College. From 1997 to 2009 she served as a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago and, from 2001 to 2008, on the part-time faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Her publications include, among others, The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec (2013), Landscape, Innovation, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art (Yale University Press, 2012); Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth (Yale University Press, 2009); and several articles on German and Norwegian visual culture and historiography.

Clarke received her Ph.D. from Brown University in 1999 with a dissertation on printmaking and art criticism in Berlin during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. She has received grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, DAAD, Marshall Fund, The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF), and the Ferdinand Möller Stiftung. Among the numerous exhibitions she has curated are: The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer (2010), Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth (2009), and Postwar German Works on Paper: Gifts of Susan and Lewis Manilow (2002).”

Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) gratefully acknowledges the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York for supporting this program.



Photo by the American-Scandinavian Foundation

TUE – 7-23-2013 – 6:30 pm