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CONFERENCE PAPERS

2017

Conference: “Sculpture in Motion,” Association of Art Historians (AAH) Annual Conference, 2017, Loughborough University, 6 – 8 April 2017. Read more here

2016

Conference: “Defining the Authenticity of a Work of Art: Problems Between the Present and the Future. A Dialogue and Comparison of Methodologies”, paper delivered with Silvia Fabro, in Archivi d’artista e lasciti: memorie culturali tra diritto e mercato, Università Milano – Bicocca, 28-29 November 2016. Read more here

Conference: “The Prostitute as Figure of Cultural Crossroads” with Catherine Ramsey-Portolano (American University of Rome) in “Milan Crossroad of Cultures” in “Milan: Crossroad of Cultures”, Warwick University of Birmingham, University of Warwick, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan 22-23 September, 2016. Read more here

Lecture: “Monuments Without Idols: Garibaldi, Memory, and National Identity in Late-Nineteenth Century Italian Sculpture”. The American University of Rome, Rome, 20 April 2016.

“An Italian Sculptor-Emigré in Paris: the Case of Medardo Rosso”. Conference: Sculpting abroad. International mobility of nineteenth-century sculptors and their work. University of Ghent, 26-27 February 2016. Read more here

Conference: “City of Sin: Representing the Urban Underbelly in the Nineteenth Century”. ESNA Conference 2016, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 19-20 May 2016. Read more here

2015

Lecture: “Cera una volta… un racconto di un materiale insolito nell’arte”. GAM Milano, 19 novembre 2015. Read more here

“The Many Faces of Medardo Rosso’s Bambino ebreo: Material Identity and Serial Sculpture”. Conference title: Material Evidence, Visual Knowledge, University of Southern California, Visual Studies Research Institute, Los Angeles, 30 April-1 May 2015.

“Reconsidering Rosso,” Panel Respondent College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, 2015, New York, City.

“Battling Baudelaire: Medardo Rosso and the Birth of Modern Sculpture”, ‘Why Sculpture is Not Boring: New Approaches to Modern Sculpture, 1846-1966’. Association of Art Historians (AAH) Annual Conference, 2015, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 9 – 11 April 2015.

2014

Organizer, “Medardo Rosso: Bambino ebreo,” Symposium, Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA), October 30, 2014

“Everywhere and Nowhere: Medardo Rosso, an Italian Sculptor in fin-de-siècle Paris.” Conference title: Cultural Mediators in Europe 1750-1950, KU Leuven, 5-7 June 2014.

“Anna Magnani: Defying the Diva” Panel: The Diva in Italian Cinema, American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS), Annual Conference. Zurich, 23-25 May 2014.

“(French) Impressionism and (Foreign) Sculpture: the Case of Medardo Rosso.” Panel: International Currents and Global Impressionism: Visual Conversations with France, Midwest Art History Society, Annual Conference. St. Louis, 3-5 April 2014.

“Shifting Boundaries: What Art History Can Contribute to Rethinking Italian Studies.” Panel: Interstitial Italy: Reassessing Global Questions Through the ‘Peculiar’ Italian Case, SIS Interim Conference 2014. The British School at Rome, 27-28 March 2014.

Co-Organizer, “Untying the Knot: The State of Postwar Italian Art History Study Day,” Symposium, Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA), February 9-10, 2014.

2013

“If the Boot Fits… Contemporary Italian Artists and National Identity.” Italian Studies Program, American University in Rome, 5 November 2013 (invited speaker).

“Anna Magnani, the Un-iconic Icon.” Conference title: Iconic Images in Modern Italy: Politics, Culture and Society. ASMI, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London, November 2013.

Panel chair. “Visual Archetypes.”  Conference title: Iconic Images in Modern Italy: Politics, Culture and Society. ASMI, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London, November 2013.

“Medardo Rosso: the Cosmopolitan Sculptor and the New International Art Market.” Panel: Art Crossing Borders: The Birth of an Integrated Art Market in the Age of Nation States (Europe, ca. 1780-1914). Conference title: Europe and its Worlds: Cultural Mobility in, to and from Europe, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands), October 2013.

“Everywhere and Nowhere: Medardo Rosso and the Cosmopolitan-as-Outsider in fin de siècle Paris.” Conference title: Internationalism and the Arts: Imagining the Cosmopolis at the Long Fin de Siècle, Tate Britain, September 2013.

“‘Mercati, baccanali e patiboli’: Italia all’asta di Luciano Fabro in Piazza del Plebiscito a Napoli (2004).” Conference title: Visible and invisible: perceiving the city between descriptions and omissions, VI Congresso Annuale dell’Associazione Italiana di Storia Urbana (AISU), September 2013.

“Creating an Audience for Modern Art in Italy, 1870-1890.” Conference title: Readers and 

Spectators in Italy: Towards the Formation of a National Audience (1750-1890). The Alberto Italian Studies Institute of Seton Hall University and the Department of Italian at the University of Warwick, Venice, May 2013.

“Fontana e l’arte del suo processo creativo,” joint lecture with Austin Nevin, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Politecnico di Milano, Ciclo di seminari promosso dal Centro per la Conservazione e Valorizzazione dei Beni Culturali (CVBC), Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali e Ingegneria Chimica “Giulio Natta”, Politecnico di Milano, January, 2013 (invited speaker). (invitation)

2012

“Quando l’opera (d’arte) si narra,” in the Conference Series Operare e raccontare, Sala Conferenze Lazzerini, Biblioteche della Provincia di Prato, December 2012 (invited speaker).

“‘E coronarmi allor di quelle foglie’: Luciano Fabro’s Botanical Art.” Conference title: Branching Out: Botany and the Sculptural Object, Henry Moore Institute, October 2012.

“Bitter Sweets by Luciano Fabro for Nadezda Mandel’stam.” Conference title: Molecular Cuisine: The Politics of Taste, School of Visual Arts, New York, October, 2012.

“Cracking the Code: What Leonardo Can Show Us About Teaching Art History in the Study Abroad Setting.” Conference title: The Future of Italian Teaching: Media, Social Networks, New Technologies and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives, The American University in Rome, October 2012.

“Markets, Bacchanals and Gallows”: Luciano Fabro’s Italia all’asta in Naples’ Piazza del Plebiscito.” Conference title: The Architecture of Public Squares. Continuity and Change in Urban Spaces from the 19th Century to the Present, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, June 2012.

“Lucio Fontana’s Process: Invention, Documentation, Understanding.” (Paper given together with Austin Nevin, Politecnico di Milano and Barbara Ferriani, University of Venice). Panel: Trading Zones: Strategies for the Study of Artists and Their Art-Making Practices. College Art Association Conference, February 2012.

2011

“If the Boot Fits… Luciano Fabro’s Italie.” Conference title: The Italian ‘Character’: Virtues and Vices, ASMI, Association for the Study of Modern Italy, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London, Senate House, December 2011.

“If the Boot Fits…Luciano Fabro’s Italie.” Conference title: Italy from Without, Center for Italian Studies, Stony Brook University, October 2011.

“A Place to Call Home: Luciano Fabro’s Habitat at the Museo del Novecento in Milan.” Lecture series: Diamoci del tu. Dialoghi tra arte e design, Second Milano Design Weekend, October 2011.

“We two are (and are not) One: Luciano Fabro’s Contatto (Tautologia) at the Museo del Novecento in Milan.” Lecture for: Diamoci del tu. Dialoghi tra arte e design, Second Milano Design Weekend, October 2011 (invited speaker).

“Sealed Between Us: Luciano Fabro’s Tu.” Panel: Theorizing Wax: On the Function and Meaning of a Disappearing Medium. Association of Art Historians Conference, University of Warwick, March 2011.

2000-2010

“Servant of Two Masters: Lucio Fontana’s 1948 Sculptures in Milan’s Cinema Arlecchino.” Panel: Commitment and Consumerism: Postwar European Art, College Art Association Conference, February 2010.

“Vibrato: Penelope di Luciano Fabro alla Biennale di Venezia, 1972.” Conference title: Biennali, Festival di arte contemporanea, Faenza, April 2009 (invited speaker).

“Il centro non può reggere: la monumentalità impossibile di Medardo Rosso.” Conference title: Patrioti si diventa: Linguaggi di pedagogia patriottica nell’Italia postunitaria, Università di Pavia, Collegio Ghisleri, October 2008 (invited speaker).

“Shattering the Mould: Medardo Rosso and the Poetics of Plaster.” Conference title: Plaster Casts: Making, Collecting and Displaying from Classical Antiquity to the Present, Oxford University, September 2007.

“Italia barbara al femminile: Anna Magnani and the Experience of the ‘Primitive Within’.” Panel: Italia barbara: Primitives from Piero to Pasolini, College Art Association Conference, New York City, February 2007.

“Fleeting Revelations: The Demise of Duration in Medardo Rosso’s Wax Sculpture.” Conference title: Lasting Impressions: The Art of Wax Sculpture, The Getty Research Institute, April 2005 (invited speaker).

“A thing betwixt form and nothing: Medardo Rosso, his Process, his Oeuvre.” M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Series: Medardo Rosso and Modern Art, Harvard University Art Museums, October 2003 (invited speaker).

“Suspended Subjectivities: The Role of the Eye-Witness in Medardo Rosso’s Casting Performances.” Panel: The Eye Witness: Writing the Life of the Nineteenth Century Artist, College Art Association Conference, February 2003.

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: The Sculptor, his Sculpture, the Photograph and the Audience.” Conference title: Degas to Picasso: Painters, Sculptors, and the Camera, Dallas Museum of Art, March 2000 (invited speaker).

“A Masterpiece of Incoherence: The Enigmatic Writings of Medardo Rosso.” Panel: Change and Continuity in Modern Italian Art, College Art Association Conference, February 2000.