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IAS-Sponsored Session at the 107th CAA Annual Conference, New York, Feb. 13-16, 2019



When: Saturday, 16 February 2019, 4:00-5:30

Where: New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Fl., Gramercy West

As historian Paul Ginsborg suggests in his influential ‘History of Contemporary Italy. Society and Politics 1943-1988’ (1990), protests for housing rights were among the most participated social movements in late 1960s and 1970s Italy. At the same time, the spread of consumerist culture contributed to the reconfiguration of the domestic space and homemaking. In this context, whilst Italian design gained its momentum with the exhibition Italy the New Domestic Landscape (MoMA, 1972), a number of Italian artists and designers interrogated notions of home, habitability, and, more generally, of dwelling through different media.

Architects either complied to the requests of the market, criticized contemporary society’s obsession with commodities or, as in the case of Superstudio or Archizoom, orchestrated systematic utopias based on the very ideal of mobility. Meanwhile, artists explored the rhetoric of alternative spaces of existence by rejecting sedentary dwelling and the idea of home understood in terms of fixed domestic architecture, as in Carla Accardi’s Tents, Mario Merz’s Igloos, and Emilio Prini’s Camping.

Following from these premises, this panel explores concepts of home and domesticity in postwar Italy as they emerge in relation to the contemporary socio-political circumstances. Taking into account not only artists’ practices but also designers, architects and theorists, it likewise aims at contributing to the emerging art historical discourses about homemaking and the everyday, and at promoting a multidisciplinary dialogue.


 Dr Elisabetta Rattalino (Free University of Bozen)

Dr Teresa Kittler (University of York)

Dr Silvia Bottinelli (School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University)


Dr Lara Demori (Goethe-Institut postdoctoral fellow at Haus der Kunst)

Dr Elisabetta Rattalino (Free University of Bozen)

See more information about the panel and speakers here.


Calling all IAS Grad Students & Emerging Scholars going to CAA 2019! The Emerging Scholars Committee is hosting a brown bag discussion on Publishing with IAS VP Mark Rosen on Thursday 14 February 2019. Please RSVP by the 12th, since space is limited. See the flyer here for complete details. 


The Center for Italian Modern Art’s Winter Study Day 2019 conference uses the 1949 Museum of Modern Art exhibition Twentieth-century Italian Art as a case study to examine the various methodologies or approaches taken in recent years to explore the artistic exchange between the United States and Italy in the twentieth century. By examining the history of this exhibition and the traveling exhibitions that it spawned, we will explore the reception of Italian art and artists in the US, the growth of networks and collaborations between US dealers and artists, and the role that Italy played in the idea of art-making among American postwar artists. This particular subject allows for other questions as well: How did an important institution like MoMA shape the narrative of American modernism? How did Italy help Alfred Barr and MoMA rethink a Franco-centric vision of modern art after the war? How did the American art world deal with the problematic legacy of Fascist Modernism?

The study day, running from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., offers a series of panels and speakers including CIMA fellows and art historians of Italian Modern Art. Click here to register and for a full roster of speakers’ talks and bios. This is a fantastic collegial and educational event leading into the College Art Association conference.


  IAS-SPONSORED CONFERENCE SESSIONS: Whether you are making travel plans or trying to decide where you would like to send an abstract, you can find listings of all IAS-sponsored sessions, as well as calls for sessions and papers, linked on our Conferences & Lectures page.


IAS FALL NEWSLETTER: Check out the IAS Fall 2018 Newsletter for information regarding the IAS/Kress lecture in Italy this past June and a review of the the “Heavenly Bodies” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The next edition of the IAS Newsletter will be published in February – please contact Newsletter Editor Alison Fleming this fall if you are interested in writing for the next issue!

BECOME AN IAS MENTOR. The Emerging Scholars Committee (ESC) invites all mid-career and senior society members to share their expertise with our early-career members. All potential mentors and mentees should take our survey to start the process. Contact Antje Gamble, ESC Chair, with any questions.

IAS CONFERENCES AT A GLANCE. Whether you are making travel plans or trying to decide where you would like to send an abstract, you can now see all IAS sponsored sessions in an easy to navigate chart on our Conferences at a Glance page.  Visit our Conferences & Lectures page for a listing of upcoming conferences on Italian topics.

WHAT’S NEW IN ITALIAN STUDIES? Visit our Member Publications page to see recent titles on Italian Art and Architecture. Have a new publication to share? Current members should send information about recent books and articles for inclusion on our Member Publications page. More information.

DISSERTATION LISTS. The IAS lists recently completed and ongoing dissertations on Italian topics from all periods.  We encourage students and emerging scholars, and their advisors, to check our lists for accuracy and to submit updates for dissertations begun or completed in 2016 and 2017. More information.

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Announcements last updated 20 January 2019.