Public Program

Symposium on Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century: Panel on Women Artists

Panel on Women Artists

This panel focuses on Italian draftswomen, with three presentations by leading experts in the field: Silvia Bottinelli, Tufts University; Teresa Kittler, University of York; and Lucia Re, University of California, Los Angeles. Throughout the 20th century, women artists in Italy were frequently marginalized or excluded from institutional frameworks and many remain little known to this day, particularly in the United States, in spite of a rich and varied oeuvre.

This program is part of a three-day online symposium on modern Italian drawings organized in conjunction with the exhibition, Silent Revolutions: Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century, on view at the Menil Drawing Institute through April 11, 2021. This symposium is conceived by Edouard Kopp, John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Chief Curator, Menil Drawing Institute; Irina Zucca Alessandrelli, Curator, Collezione Ramo, Milan; and Saskia Verlaan, Menil Drawing Institute Pre-Doctoral Fellow.


Bice Lazzari: On the Line
Teresa Kittler, Lecturer in History of Art, University of York

Body language. Tomaso Binga’s Alfabetieri
Silvia Bottinelli, Senior Lecturer in Visual and Material Studies, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

A Woman Sets out to Draw the World: Maria Lai’s Patient Labyrinth of Lines
Lucia Re, Research Professor of Italian and Gender Studies, UCLA

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About the panelists:

Silvia Bottinelli is an art historian of modern and contemporary art in the Visual and Material Studies Department of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She received her PhD from the University of Pisa in 2008. Her research has been widely published in scholarly journals such as Art Journal, Modernism/modernity, Public Art Dialogue, California Italian Studies, Sculpture, Palinsesti, Predella, and Ricerche di Storia dell'Arte, among others. She coedited The Taste of Art. Cooking, Food, and Counterculture in Contemporary Art Practices (University of Arkansas Press, 2017) with Margherita d'Ayala Valva; and Lead in Modern and Contemporary Art (Bloomsbury, 2021) with Sharon Hecker. She received grants from the American Philosophical Society, the Italian Art Society, and the Center for Italian Modern Art to work on the volume Double-Edged Comforts: Domestic Life in Modern Italian Art and Visual Culture, recently published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, which analyzes the representation of the domestic sphere in Italian art and visual culture from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Teresa Kittler is a lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of York. Her research focuses on artistic practices since 1945 with a special interest in Italian postwar art. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the British School at Rome, and the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) and is the 2020–21 Scholar in Residence at Magazzino Italian Art. Her work has been published by Oxford Art Journal, Bloomsbury, and Peter Lang, amongst others. She has written on Marisa Merz for catalogues accompanying the exhibitions: Marisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Place (the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles & the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, 2017); Entrare Nell’Opera (Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, 2019); and on Carla Accardi for the catalogue accompanying Senza Margine at the MAXXI (2021). She has also worked as Assistant Curator for the 10 Gwangju Biennale (2014) and as curatorial assistant for Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan (Tate Modern, 2012).

Lucia Re, who received her PhD at Yale University, is Research Professor of Italian and Gender Studies at UCLA. Her fields are modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture. She has been the recipient of a Getty Senior Scholar Grant and of an NEH grant. She has won both the Marraro Prize for modern Italian studies and the Flaiano Prize for International Italian Studies. Her interests include poetry and the novel, women writers and artists, and literary translation. She has published on authors and artists ranging from Gabriele d’Annunzio and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti to Benedetta, Rosa Rosà, Paola Masino, Italo Calvino, Anna Maria Ortese, Amelia Rosselli, Ennio Flaiano, Carla Vasio and Marisa Merz.