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Specialist On Modern Italian Art And Fascist Culture To Give A Talk On “The Faces Of Modigliani”

February 24, 2003--

WHO: Emily Braun, professor, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

WHAT: Lecture —“The Politics of Identity Under Fascism: The Faces of Modigliani”

WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 160

Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani is known for the graceful elongated lines in his paintings and sculptures. His avant-garde multicultural style brought together the Jewish, oriental, feminine and bohemian ideals that reflected the European image of otherness.

During his lifetime Modigliani had a prestigious reputation in France but was not embraced in his native Italy until after his death in 1920.

Emily Braun, a specialist on modern Italian art and fascist culture, will talk about how Modigliani’s faces were interpreted by Italian Fascists and how he was claimed as an essentially Italian artist by fascist critics, which included Jewish writers. She will show how this ideological adoption presented an awkward case of national self-representation for the Fascist regime.

Braun, professor of art history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center at City University of New York, is the author of “Mario Sironi and Italian Modernism: Art and Politics Under Fascism,” co-author of “Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy” and “Thomas Hart Benton: The American Today Murals.”

Braun’s talk, part of the McIntire Department of Art spring lecture series, is free and open to the public.

For details, contact Maurie McInnis at (434) 243-8651 or McInnis@virginia.edu.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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