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Gallery Talk: Postwar Italian Artists in Context

April 11, 2016
Meet in Griffin Court
Free with museum admission

Learn about Italian artists Alberto Burri and Carol Rama in the context of international Art Informel of the 1950s. Their abstract works in mixed media, realized with unconventional materials and raw fragments of reality, are both an interpretation and a response related to the disillusionment of Postwar era; but they are also crucial examples expressing the total and experimental freedom of Italian art during that decade, and the radical transformations of the socio-cultural identity of the country out of the ruins of World War II.

Francesca Pola is an Italian art historian and curator, teaching at Università Cattolica (Milan and Brescia) and IES Abroad (Milan). She is currently Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer Chair in Italian Studies at Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Department of French and Italian, where she is teaching two interdisciplinary courses about Italian culture in an international context, through visual arts, from World War II to the present.

Alberto Burri, Mold (Muffa), 1952. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome.