Clifford Owens to Give Annual Plonsker Family Lecture at WCMA

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 12, 2017—Clifford Owens, artist, writer and curator, will give the Annual Plonsker Lecture in Contemporary Art at Williams College on Saturday, Oct. 21. The talk, titled “Your Head is Attached to Your Body,” will take place at the Williams College Museum of Art in Lawrence Auditorium (L231) at 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Influenced by performance art practices of the 1960s, Owens is known for live and photographic works that center on the body. His work often asks audiences to manipulate, move, dress, touch or otherwise engage directly with his body, resulting in spontaneous actions. For the Plonsker program, his performance-based, “audience-sensitive” lecture will be radically different from the standard artist slide talk.

Owens graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998, and received his M.F.A. in 2000 from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Owens has taught at The Cooper Union, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and New York University.

The Plonsker Family Lecture Series in Contemporary Art, established in 1994 by Madeleine Plonsker, Harvey Plonsker ’61 and their son, Ted Plonsker ’86, examines current issues in contemporary art. Past lecturers have included artists Lynda Benglis, Kerry James Marshall, Jessica Stockholder and Jon Rubin.

Williams College Museum of Art

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8 p.m., and closed Wednesdays September through May. In June, July, and August WCMA is open every day 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Thursdays. WCMA is free and open to all. For more information, contact the museum at 413-597-2429 or visit


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