‘Italian Interdisciplinary Modernism’ workshop in NYC

NY Workshop: Italian Interdisciplinary Modernism

Friday | February 22, 2013
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York University
24 West, 12th Street, New York

As part of Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2015: ART, MUSIC, TEXT

The first workshop will take place on 22nd February 2013 at the New York University. A team of international experts on Italian Modernism will address the core questions of the project by focusing on a number of interrelated areas of Italian cultural and artistic production in the period 1900-1945. Italian cinema, the visual arts, the role of the media, music, literature, politics and Fascist propaganda will be at the centre of our discussion. Italian Futurism, the cultural industries under fascism and the attempts made by both avant-garde and conservative movements to break disciplinary and artistic boundaries will be especially relevant to our discussion.

The open morning session has three position papers by leading specialists in early 20th-century Italian cultural history, cinema and the visual arts.


9.45-10.00: Welcome (Dr. Clodagh Brook and Dr. Giuliana Pieri)

10.00-11.00: David Forgacs, ‘Disciplines, Arts, Industries, Technologies, Spaces’.

Prof. Forgacs holds the Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò chair in Contemporary Italian Studies at NYU. He has published several volumes on 19th and 20th century Italian intellectual history, cinema, and the cultural industries.

11.00-12.00: Vivien Green, ‘Exhibiting Italian Futurism in 2014: l’opera d’arte totale’.

Dr. Vivien Green is curator of 19th and early 20th-century art at the Guggenheim Museum, NY. She specializes in European Modernism with a concentration on Italian art. She is currently working on the forthcoming exhibition on Italian Futurism at the Guggenheim (scheduled for 2014).

12.00-13.00: Stephen Gundle, ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Cult of Mussolini’.

Stephen Gundle is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick (UK). His research interests are in 19th and 20th century cultural history with special emphasis on cinema and television.

Each paper will be 40 minutes long and will be followed by a questions and answer session.

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