La Dolce Vita: Postwar Italian Art, Architecture, and Design with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

La Dolce Vita: Postwar Italian Art, Architecture, and Design with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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This seminar will explore art, architecture, and design in postwar Italy with an emphasis on everything from architectural works by Gio Ponti and Pier Luigi Nervi to Vico Magistretti's home furnishings and Ettore Sottsass' iconic Valentina typewriter.

This conversation will explore the ways in which the economic boom of the 1950s and 1960s in Italy lead to an explosion of creative productivity across the arts. This conversation will highlight examples of art, architecture, and design that emerged in the postwar period associated with "La Dolce Vita." We will consider iconic Italian objects, and industrial lighting, as well as contributions by artists such as Jannis Kounellis, Piero Manzoni, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, associated with Arte Povera, and Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, protagonists of the Transavantgarde. Finally, we will examine the built environment, highlighting contributions by Pierluigi Nervi, Gio Ponti, and Carlo Scarpa.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design, Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will leave participants with a richer understanding of the material culture associated with "La Dolce Vita.". Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased familiarity with the names and works of artists, architects, and designers whose works redefined notions of "Made in Italy" as well high-quality design across the globe.

Jennie Hirsh (PhD, Bryn Mawr College) is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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