The Department of Studio Art welcomes Christoper Bennett, who will discuss the work of Jannis Kounellis and key pioneers of the Italian Arte Povera movement, one of the most provocative artistic movements in postwar Europe, currently experiencing close examination.
Dr. Christopher Bennett is an art historian specializing in art since 1945. His doctoral thesis focused on two key Arte Povera artists, Alighiero Boetti and Pino Pascali, and was supported by prestigious fellowships from the American Academy in Rome (2005) and the Getty Research Institute (2006). Bennett's publications on the topic of Italian art include a first article on Boetti in a special edition of October devoted to Postwar Italy; essays on Pino Pascali and Marisa Merz published by the Camden Art Center in London and Maxxi Museum in Rome; and most recently for the publication "Untying the Knot: The State of Italian Postwar Art History Today" with his essay "Gleaning Italian Pop, 1960-66: the 1964 Venice Biennale, Renato Rambor's 'Thread', and Pop as a Global Phenomenon." In 2012 he co-curated a full-scale exhibition of Boetti's work at the UCLA Fowler Museum in Los Angeles. He is currently working on a larger book project on Arte Povera. Bennett is an assistant professor of art history at UL Lafayette.
Thursday, October 19 at 11:10am to 12:00pm
Horvitz Hall, 220
106 College Drive, Gambier, OH 43022