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This was my first Context talk - and a pleasure. Jennie is clearly an experienced and personable speaker, and manages to bring that to the online platform (not always an easy feat). Her slides were gorgeous and well-described. My eight-year old son even sat with me and enjoyed the content! I cannot recommend this lecture enough, and imagine Jennie brings her expertise and excitement to all of her talks.
Years ago, I saw a picture of the EUR Palazzo della Civilta Italiana and remember being oddly drawn to it even as it unsettled me — the same feeling I get when I look at any of De Chirico’s surrealist paintings, with their references to classical form that seem slightly askew. Jennie’s lecture had more than answered any questions I had about those particular works produced in Fascist-era Italy, but her presentation also made me want to know more about the many other aesthetic objects and ephemera made in that time. (I’m a font nerd, and she even discussed typefaces!) It was a well-paced, incredibly informative talk that covered so much ground. Thank you for one of the best online learning experiences I’ve had in these past seven months!
A straightforward overview of the roots, reasons and reaction to art in the Fascist period
I learned a lot, and while I don’t like much of it - despite the aesthetic value or lack - now I know what I am reacting to and why.
Jennie is not only an expert on the material she presented, but made the subject really come alive. I loved her use of a myriad of examples through photos of artwork, buildings and propoganda material. I came into this lecture with very little knowlege of the subject, but came away with lots of great information and curiousity to learn more. I especially appreciate the suggestions for films to watch in regard to this period, as well as the reading list. I look forward to attending future seminars with Jennie Hirsch. Bravissima!