The Stockbridge Library is pleased to welcome Olivier Meslay, the new Felda and Dena Hardymon Director of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, to our speaker series on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. for a talk entitled Landscapes at the Clark. Meslay will present a look into the Clark’s landscape collection and the Clark’s relationship with nature. There is a $5 suggested donation for the program.
Olivier Meslay is Felda and Dena Hardymon Director of the Clark Art Institute since August of 2016. Prior to assuming the directorship at the Clark, he spent eight years at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) where he held several leadership positions, most recently serving as Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, Senior Curator of European and American Art, and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art. In 2011―2012, Meslay served as the Interim Director of the Dallas Museum of Art.
Prior to joining the DMA staff in 2009, Meslay established his reputation as a noted scholar and curator during a distinguished seventeen-year career at the Musée du Louvre, from 1993―2009 where he served as curator in charge of British, Spanish, and American Art in the Paintings department. Meslay served as chief curator of Louvre–Atlanta, a collaborative project with the High Museum, from 2003―2006; and as chief curator in charge of the Louvre–Lens project, the first regional branch of the Louvre, from 2006―2009. During his tenure at the Louvre, Meslay organized exhibitions on British Art such as D’outre Manche, British Art in French Public Collections (1994), Constable, Le choix de Lucian Freud (2002), and British Art in the Collections of the Academie, William Hogarth (2006‒2007). More recently, he curated important exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art such as Chagall (2013), Hotel Texas (2014), and Mind’s Eye (2014). He is the author of the recent publication From Chanel to Reves: La Pausa and Its Collections at the Dallas Museum of Art (2015). Meslay has also published extensively on British Art and France. In 2013, he published the Catalogue of the British, Spanish, Germanic, Scandinavian and various paintings of the Louvre Musuem.