Art History Professor Katie Larson Kicks Off 4-Part Lecture Series at Maggamino Italian Art Museum | Department of Art and Art History

Notes on Making: Art, Labor and Language in Postwar Rome

Katie Larson
March 19, 2022, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

At Magazzino Italian Art

Magazzino’s Museum launches its four-part lecture series, Labor Politics in Postwar Italian Art, with series curator and Magazzino Fellow in Residence Katie Larson. His talk, Notes on Creation: Art, Work and Language in Postwar Rome, will discuss the particular postwar attitude faced by artists working in Rome.

The series will examine how artists of the time challenged traditional methods of production and value systems, framing their experimentation within the larger context of the sociopolitical unrest of the time as protests against industrialization, consumerism and Class inequality swept Italy.

The conference will last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Notes on Making: Art, Labor and Language in Postwar Rome
Katie Larson, 2021-2022 Magazzino Scholar-in-Residence, Assistant Professor of Art History at Baylor University
March 19, 2022, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

In the aftermath of World War II, amid the collapse of European civilization and the failure of post-war revolutionary ideals, Italian artists declared a clean sweep. Promoting the idea of ​​a “zero hour”, these modernists called for a cultural renaissance and a reassessment of their value systems. In Rome, a group of avant-garde thinkers worked together to answer that call, taking new linguistic and visual approaches to perceiving and understanding their post-war world.
Dr. Katie Larson’s talk will examine the role of art, labor and language in the work of Emilio Villa, Alberto Burri, Giorgio Ascani (Nuvolo), Mimmo Rotella and Jannis Kounellis. Villa, poet and critic, is the linchpin of this research. Throughout his career he has collaborated with and promoted the art of this diverse group of individuals. He found ideas in their work that reflected his own artistic philosophy: that poetry and art should not simply reflect the world, but rather catalyze new [phonetic and material] realities. Emphasizing creative production work, Villa sought to contribute to the reconstruction of Italy by creating and supporting art that emphasized the role of the artist in society as an agent asset of change.

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