On Modern Italian Art And Fascist Culture To Give A Talk On “The
Faces Of Modigliani”
February 24, 2003--
Emily Braun, professor, Hunter College and the Graduate Center,
City University of New York
Lecture —“The Politics of Identity Under Fascism: The
Faces of Modigliani”
Thursday, March 13, 6 p.m.
Campbell Hall, Room 160
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.
his lifetime Modigliani had a prestigious reputation in France but
was not embraced in his native Italy until after his death in 1920.
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.
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.”
talk, part of the McIntire Department of Art spring lecture series,
is free and open to the public.
details, contact Maurie McInnis at (434) 243-8651 or McInnis@virginia.edu.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298