Public Program

Symposium on Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century: Panel on the Interconnections Between American and Italian Artists

Interconnections Between American and Italian Artists

This panel focuses on cross-currents in drawing practices between Italian and American artists in the 20th century, with three presentations by leading experts in the field: Irina Zucca Alessandrelli (Collezione Ramo, Milan), Raffaele Bedarida (The Cooper Union, New York), and Francesco Guzzetti (University of Florence). Based on mutual discovery and reception, the international artistic exchange had varied connotations with a long-lasting impact on American and Italian artists, and also collectors, critics, curators, and dealers.

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.


Beyond Cultural Diplomacy: Exhibiting Contemporary Italian Drawings in the US, Fascism to the Cold War
Raffaele Bedarida, Assistant Professor of Art History, The Cooper Union, New York

Free hand suggestions from the United States. Post World War II drawings in Collezione Ramo
Irina Zucca Alessandrelli, Curator, Collezione Ramo, Milan

Jannis Kounellis: Drawing Identity in the 1970s and 1980s
Francesco Guzzetti, Visiting Professor, University of Florence

Related Programs:

Keynote Lecture with Emily Braun
Wednesday, April 7, at noon

Panel on Women Artists
Thursday, April 8, at noon

About the panelists:

Irina Zucca Alessandrelli is an art historian, curator, and journalist based in Milan, Italy. She has been the Curator of Collezione Ramo, Milan, since 2013. This collection focuses on the importance of Italian art of the last century while promoting a culture of drawing. In addition to making acquisitions for Collezione Ramo, Zucca Alessandrelli curated Silent Revolutions: Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century as well as other shows including Who’s Afraid of Drawing? presented at Museo del Novecento in Milan and the Estorick Collection in London (2018). She holds a BA in Modern and Contemporary Italian Art from the Università degli Studi di Milano and a MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University in New York, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. She has worked at P.S.1/MoMA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She corresponded from New York for the Arteconomy page of the Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24ore. She is the author of Italian Drawing of the XX century (Silvana, 2019).

Raffaele Bedarida is an art historian specializing in twentieth-century Italian art and politics. His research has focused especially on cultural diplomacy, migration, and exchange between Italy and the United States. He is an Assistant Professor of Art History at The Cooper Union, where he coordinates the History and Theory of Art program. He holds a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center and an MA from the Università degli Studi di Siena. Bedarida’s most recent book focuses on the exile of Jewish, queer artist Corrado Cagli from Fascist Italy in the US: Corrado Cagli: La pittura, l’esilio, L’America (Donzelli, 2018, English edition forthcoming). He is currently working on a new manuscript: Projected Modernities: Exhibiting Italian Art in the US, Futurism to Arte Povera.

Francesco Guzzetti is a visiting professor at the University of Florence. Dr. Guzzetti holds a PhD in art history from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. His studies revolve around the international connections of Italian art in the 1960s and the 1970s and the drawing practice of Arte Povera artists. Dr. Guzzetti’s research has been supported by various fellowships and grants by institutions such as CUNY Graduate Center and CIMA (Center for Italian Modern Art) in New York; Centre Pompidou in Paris; Harvard University; Magazzino Italian Art Foundation in Cold Spring, New York; and the Drawing Institute at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. He is the curator of the exhibition Facing America: Mario Schifano, 1960-1965, currently on view at CIMA.