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Art historian to present Tanner Lectures, April 17-18

T.J. Clark, the George and Helen Pardee Professor of Art History at the University of California-Berkeley, will deliver the Tanner Lectures on Human Values on Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18, in 101 Friend Center.

The theme of his lectures, which begin at 4:30 p.m., will be "Painting at Ground Level." He will explore the uniquely human phenomenon of standing upright, and how painters use bipedalism to explore the pleasures, weaknesses and ambiguities of human existence.

Four specially invited scholars will deliver commentaries following each lecture. The discussants for Wednesdays lecture, titled "Poussins Mad Pursuit," will be Elizabeth Cropper, dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, and Richard Wollheim, professor of philosophy at Berkeley. The commentators following the second lecture, titled "Bruegel in the Land of Cockaigne," will be Svetlana Alpers, professor emerita of the history of art at Berkeley and visiting research professor at New York University, and David Freedberg, professor of art history at Columbia University.

The lectures are sponsored by the University Center for Human Values . Each will be followed by a reception at Prospect House. For more information, call 258-4798 or e-mail the center .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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