‘Exhibiting Italian Art in the United States from Futurism to Arte Povera: a book talk by author Raffaele Bedarida


March 30, 2023, 6:00 PM

Normal admission: $15. Members and Pupils: No cost


Satisfy creator Raffaele Bedarida as he presents his most recent reserve Exhibiting Italian Artwork in the United States from Futurism to Arte Povera (Routledge, 2022).

Bedarida will illustrates how Italian establishments, sellers, critics, and artists created a modern countrywide id for Italy by exporting – virtually and figuratively – contemporary art to the United States in vital moments in between 1929 and 1969. From artist Fortunato Depero opening his Futurist Household in New York Metropolis to critic Germano Celant launching Arte Povera in the United States, Raffaele Bedarida examines the thick world wide web of folks and cultural environments further than the two extra canonical actions that shaped this job. By interrogating regular narratives of Italian Fascist propaganda on the a single hand and American Chilly War imperialism on the other, his book establishes a far more nuanced transnational method. The central thesis is that, further than the instant aims of political propaganda and conquering a new marketplace for Italian art, these art exhibitions, publications, and the critical discourse aimed at American audiences all reflected back on their makers: they compelled and assisted Italians outline their have modernity in relation to the world’s new dominant cultural and economic power.

Raffaele Bedarida, associate professor or Artwork Background at Cooper Union, is an art historian and curator specializing in transnational modernism and politics. Because he joined The Cooper Union entire-time college in 2016, he has coordinated the Record and Concept of Artwork system. Bedarida holds a Ph.D. from the Art Historical past Department of the CUNY Graduate Center, New York as properly as M.A. and B.A. levels in Art Background from the Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy. His research has centered on cultural diplomacy, migration, and exchange among Italy and the United States. He has also labored on exhibition record, censorship, and propaganda underneath Fascism and throughout the Cold War, from Futurism to Arte Povera. Since 2008, when he founded and curated the residency plan Harlem Studio Fellowship in New York, Bedarida has actively promoted programs of global trade for emerging artists. In addition to his tutorial and curatorial functions, Bedarida has often lectured on present day and modern artwork subjects at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and MoMA. Bedarida has authored 3 monographs: Bepi Romagnoni: Il Nuovo Racconto (Milan: Silvana, 2005) Corrado Cagli: la pittura, l’esilio, l’America (Rome: Donzelli, 2018 English edition: CPL Editions, in press) Exhibiting Italian Art in the US. Futurism to Arte Povera (London-New York: Routledge, 2022). He has also edited a lot of volumes, among which: Methodologies of Exchange: Twentieth Century Italian Artwork at MoMA, 1949, with Davide Colombo and Silvia Bignami, special problem of Italian Contemporary Art, January 2020 Gianfranco Baruchello: Painters Ain’t Butterflies (Macerata: Quodlibet, 2021) Curating Fascism: Exhibitions and Memory from the Slide of Mussolini to Now, with Sharon Hecker (London-New York: Bloomsbury, 2022). His tutorial content articles and essays have been printed extensively in periodicals, such as Oxford Artwork Journal, International Yearbook of Futurism Scientific studies, Italian Contemporary Artwork, and Artforum, and in exhibition catalogues. Bedarida’s impending publications is: Author, Corrado Cagli: Exile, Portray, America 1938-1947, monograph (New York: Primo Levi Heart Editions, in press).

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