Bulletin Board

The IAS bulletin board allows members to communicate directly with each other on topics of common interest, including placing or responding to classified ads (housing, employment, child care, etc.), requesting or sharing travel tips, or connecting with other members in Italy or elsewhere.  Messages from organizations should pertain directly to academic study, research, scholarship, or employment.  All messages will be posted at the discretion of the IAS.  Please send your notices, comments, or questions to the webmaster or post to the IAS Facebook page. Nothing on the bulletin board should be taken to constitute professional advice or a formal recommendation. Disclaimer.

Advocacy/In the News
Save the DIA. As an advocate for the arts, the Italian Art Society would like to bring attention to the following efforts to protect the collection of the Detroit Institute of the Arts in these difficult times in that city: Save the DIA and CAA’s open letter to Mr. Kevyn Orr, Emergency Manager, City of Detroit. Please consider signing the petition started by Jeffrey Hamburger, who was able to force a reconsideration of the decision to close the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin with a similar initiative.

Discounts
Ashgate Offers 20% discount for Members of the Italian Art Society
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Available through the Ashgate partnership program, IAS members receive 20% off on items purchased through Ashgate’s on-line store.  A discount code may be found in the monthly notes e-mailed to the membership, or obtained by e-mailing the webmaster.  To purchase books, please visit the IAS Partner page within Ashgate’s website.

In conjunction with the Year of Italian Culture, The Art Newspaper is offering a variety of books on Italian topics at a steeply discounted rate. More information.

Conferences: Calls for Papers/to Attend
Please visit our Conferences & Lectures page for current opportunities.

Lodgings in Italy
If you have a posting for an apartment rental, please send relevant information, including size, amenities, price, and contact information to the webmaster. Postings are provided for the convenience of users only and The Italian Art Society accepts no liability or responsibility for their content. Disclaimer.

Florence:  Very close to Ponte Vecchio. Rentals for brief periods of time. Recently restored. First floor of a small building with stone façade. Bedroom, small kitchen, living room with sofa, shower-bath. Wireless internet connection. Prices depend on length of stay: 350€/week; 750€/month. Rent includes linen and utilities; extra charge for AC/heat, depending on use. Photos available on request. Contact Lucia by email or phone: +39 055 219411 (home); +39 349 4651857 (mobile).

Florence: Sunny and cozy 38 sq.m. (422 sq feet) two level apartment in the heart of Florence, very close to Santa Croce Square in Via dell’Agnolo. At the first level kitchen/live-in-sitting room with sofa bed, well equipped kitchenette with microwave oven, toaster, oven, electric kettle, satellite TV, Internet WI-FI, AC; at the second level bedroom with good sized  twin beds (cannot be joined). Price: 850/month, excluding utilities. For more information, photos, and availability, contact Tania.

Florence: Sunny and cosy 55 sq.m. (560 sq feet) two room, first-floor apartment in the heart of Florence, very close to Santa Croce Square, with kitchen/live-in-sitting room with sofa bed, good sized bedroom with double bed or twin beds (upon request) and a desk, walk-in closet, bathroom with tub and shower, microwave oven, satellite TV, CD player, VCR, washing machine, dish-washer, movable air conditioning, vacuum cleaner, telephone, WiFi Internet. One complimentary cleaning per month included as well as bedding, towels and blankets etc. 850 euro/month, excluding utilities. For more information, photos, and availability, contact Tania.

Florence: Firenze Lodging is a licensed online real estate agency facilitating accommodations through a wide range of properties from both private owners as well as partner agencies. Interactive website allows users to search, inquire, receive offers, and place bookings online.

Rome: B&B Casa Virgilio, Via Sforza, 28. Located on the ground floor of an 18th century building in the Monti area. Casa Virgilio offers a large bedroom with a queen size bed and a private bathroom. It opens onto a small courtyard with a sofa and indoor garden. Fully furnished with air conditioning, central heating, TV, free internet access, frigobar and a coffee and tea machine. For photos and contact information click here.

Rome: Independent house in Monteverde Vecchio close to Trastevere train station. 30 sqm (= approx 100 sqft) + 100 sqm terrace + small garden. (Approx. half of the terrace covered by roof and walls/windows). 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and 1 storage
room. Recently renovated and fully furnished with dishwasher, washing machine, AC, kitchen gear, linen etc. 850 euro/moth. Click here for photos. Currently available June-Sep. 2013. Contact Marie for availability and more information.

Rome: Room for rent in shared independent house in Monteverde Vecchio close to Trastevere shared with two American female students. 60 sqm (= approx 650 sqft) + 50 sqm terrace with a lovely view of Rome + small garden. 1 bedroom with three beds, living room with kitchen corner, 1 storage room and 1 bathroom in the apartment. Located in Via Francesco dall’Ongaro close to Trastevere and Villa Sciarra. The house is fully furnished with dishwasher, washing maschine, AC, kitchen gear, linen, WIFI internet, etc. 350 euro/moth per person, preferably long-term. Click here for photos. Available from August 2013. Contact Marie for availability and more information.

Venice: The Centro Vittore Branca (Giorgio Cini Foundation) on the Isola San Giorgio in Venice opened a new residence about six months ago. One can apply for a studio apartment that costs approximately thirty euros per night. This is an affordable way for scholars to stay in Venice. More information.

VeniceVenezia Lodging is a licensed online real estate agency facilitating accommodations through a wide range of properties from both private owners as well as partner agencies. Interactive website allows users to search, inquire, receive offers, and place bookings online.

Meet Me in …
A chance for IAS members headed overseas to share itineraries, seek travel partners, and see who else might be conducting research in the same city at the same time.  The IAS will provide temporary e-mail forwarders to members posting on the bulletin board.

Aesthetics and Community in Northern Italy
Throughout history communities of visual artists, writers, philosophers and poets have come together to discuss and evaluate the conditions they fined to be problematic in the arts of their time. Dr. Paul Edwards and I will be doing research in the interdisciplinary role of the arts in a culture of immediacy, in a time when illusion and reality are not so easily distinguished. We will consider the role of the arts in a data-infused society, when audiences are bombarded with more information than they can process. We will investigate how arts initiatives and movements built on the past and, in fact, appropriate the past. We will consider art for art’s sake versus the utility of the arts, and how the tension between one’s personal relationships to the arts interacts with the political implications of artistic expression. Our research will study different attempts in Western history to create a community of artists of international significance, communities that had as their primary intention to use art to change the way in which humanity would see the world. The most significant of these movements, of course, was the Florentine Camerata, which contributed to the flourishing of the Italian Renaissance. Therefore, we have selected northern Italy, home of the Florentine Camerata, as the base of our operations. Dr. Edwards and I intend to explore the role of the arts in a culture of immediacy, in a time when illusion and reality are not so easily distinguished. We will consider the role of the arts in a data-infused society, when audiences are bombarded with more information than they can process. We will investigate how arts initiatives and movements built on the past and, in fact, appropriate the past. We will consider art for art’s sake versus the utility of the arts, and how the tension between one’s personal relationship to the arts interacts with the political implications of artistic expression. We have selected northern Italy as our base of operations so that we might study different attempts in Western history to create a community of artists of international significance, communities that had as their primary intention to use art to change the way in which humanity would see the world. The most significant of these movements, of course, was the Florentine Camerata, which contributed to the flourishing of the Italian Renaissance. Dr. Edwards and I will be doing part of our research in Florence, Vicenza, Parma, Milan, Verona and Venice. We would like to speak with artists living and working in those locations to discuss the nature and demands of Italian artist today. If you are interested in talking with us about your work please contact Don Eugene Seastrum, PhD, Professor of Art, Western State Colorado University, Member Italian Art Society by email. We will be arriving in Italy on the 23 of April and be in Italy until the 19th of June.

Programs of Study
Southern Methodist University announces RASC/a, a new Ph.D. program.  RASC/a (inspired by the Spanish word for “scratch”) stands for “Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture.” It builds upon the strengths of the present faculty but with renewed emphasis on historical and new media, visual technologies, architecture and the city, race and gender, and performance and ritual. Emphasizing spatial and well as visual culture, it extends the department’s commitment to the study of technologies of visual communication, while also advancing transnational scholarship in Arts of Latin America, Iberia, and the Americas.  Dedicated mentorship, outstanding resources at SMU and in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and generous funding make RASC/a an exceptional opportunity for emerging scholars.  For more info, see our website at http://www.rasc-a.com/graduate-studies/.

Please also see our Opportunities & Continuing Education page.

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