Beyond the Biennale: Venice's Modern and Contemporary Art Scene with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

Beyond the Biennale: Venice's Modern and Contemporary Art Scene with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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Can't make this time? A video recording will be sent to all participants after the seminar.

This year, people from across the globe will visit the long-awaited 59th Venice Biennale.  This seminar, however, offers a glimpse of noteworthy exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and other projects beyond the wonderful installations and artworks included in the Milk of Dreams curated by Cecilia Alemani in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini and Arsenale as well as the various national pavilions located in the Giardini,  Arsenale and throughout the city.  It offers excellent preparation for upcoming visits to this city during the summer and fall of 2022.

Specifically, we will visit virtually Marlene Dumas: Open Ended, a stunning thematically organized retrospective of this amazing painter's work mounted at the Pinault Foundation's Palazzo Grassi. Further, we will explore Bruce Nauman's Contrapposto Studies at the nearby Punta della Dogana (also a Pinault space).  Other shows to be viewed and discussed include works by Anselm Kiefer temporarily installed at the Doge's Palace, Louise Nevelson's sculptures at the newly renovated Procuratie Vecchie in San Marco, Surrealism and Magic: Enchanted Modernity at the Peggy Guggenheim, and the two-part retrospective of Anish Kapoor at the Accademia and Palazzo Manfrin. We will also consider Mary Weatherford's Flaying of Marsyas, a series of new paintings installed at Palazzo Grimani, and the nearby installations by Danh Vo, Isamu Noguchi, and Park Seo-Bo at the Fondazione Querini-Stampalia.

Finally, the seminar will cover exhibitions on the Island of San Giorgio. These include the Stanze del Vetro's stunning installation of works produced by Fontana Arte and  Kehinde Wiley's captivating Archaeology of Silence paintings.  We will also review the lovely On Fire show featuring works by Alberto Burri, Yves Klein, Arman, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Jannis Kounellis, and Claudio Parmiggiani – that somehow incorporate this powerful titular element.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, Dr.Jennie Hirsh, this Conversation will provide participants with virtual visits to exhibitions and collateral events that are on view in Venice this summer. The seminar prepares visitors for experiences beyond the Biennale (Giardini and Arsenale) this year. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased awareness of what else to see while in town for the 2022 Venice Biennale.

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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