Clark University Symposium Explores Relationship of Art and Work
WORCESTER, Mass., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Work of Art in the World of Work" will be the focus of the next Clark University Arts, Humanities and the Manager Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Higgins University Center. Featured speakers at the symposium, which is free and open to the public, include Bernhard Starkman, a London executive described as an "enlightened modern Medici" for bringing modern art into the business world; Marjory Jacobson, an art historian, consultant and author of "Art for Work," an international study of art and artistry in business settings; and Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel, the New York artistic team acclaimed for large-scale public works, including the "art wall" in Manhattan's Union Square. "Business leaders, through the aesthetic decisions they make, are important shapers of culture," says Edward Ottensmeyer, associate professor at the Clark University Graduate School of Management. "Not only are businesses and business leaders looked to by the art world for their patronage, but they have also become increasingly active participants in defining contemporary culture. Most of us spend a great deal of time in our places of work. These places -- with their architecture, their use of design and their displayed art work -- are places where our views of art and culture are shaped." Ottensmeyer, whose research looks at the new area of the link between the arts, humanities and business, adds, "In addition, many businesses display art work that challenges people in the work place to consider artistic creativity and to incorporate its lessons into their work and private lives." The symposium is an ongoing forum for artists, business leaders and scholars from such fields as art history, linguistics, literature, management and philosophy to explore the relationships and tensions between the worlds of business and management and the worlds of the arts and humanities. It began after a 1995 symposium sponsored by Clark University in Europe that brought together scholars, business leaders, designers and architects to explore the role of art and artistry in the contemporary business organization. The symposium is sponsored by the Clark University Higgins School of Humanities, the College of Professional and Continuing Education and the Graduate School of Management. For more information, call the Clark University Graduate School of Management at 508-793-7543.
SOURCE Clark University
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