Holy! Holy! Holy!
Wednesday, December 9, 2016 from 6-7:30pm
Palazzo Strozzi Strozzina, Piazza Strozzi, Florence – ITALY
Beat poem, Footnote to Howl (1955) by Allen Ginsberg, is the symbol of a generation that questioned their values, and is the inspiration for the project Holy! Holy! Holy! Students from universities and art academies in Florence, are presenting their own work in conjunction with the exhibition Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana currently at the Palazzo Strozzi.
The exhibition provides a ground for discussion on the relationship between art and religion, the transformation of iconographic themes related to the sacred in the 18th and 19th centuries, and above all, the ways in which artists have experienced the sentiment of the sacred and how they have represented this feeling. The variety and evolution of this art “genre” can be understood through the transformations and upheavals seen in the works on display. But how is the relationship between art and the sacred expressed today? What forms and modes of expression can renew such a complex issue, where cultural elements and political identity overlap?
The participants in the project Holy! Holy! Holy! attempt to answer these questions. Students from study abroad programs in Florence at California State University, Lorenzo de’Medici, SACI, and Syracuse University have created new works related to the direct comparison with the exhibition.
SACI first year and second year MFA in Studio Art students have been developing their projects on the proposed theme since the beginning of the semester. SACI students presenting their work will include: Amaan Aslam, Emily Blasier, Fadi Daoud, Lisa Fracica, Rebecca Morris, Linda Papadakis, Keri Rosebraugh, Jessica Taylor, Trevor Asmussen, Chanel Hackett, April Moon, Meaghan Sweeney, and Meredith Taylor.
The exhibition Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana is in fact the starting point of a journey through the evolution of history and politics of sacred art of the last two centuries. Dialogic visits to the exhibition and talks with the artists Nicoletta Salomon and Fabrizio Ajello, whose artistic pursuits have a strong relationship with the proposed theme, will serve as springboards for study, discussion, and analysis, fundamental for the development of ideas and art works. For the artist Nicoletta Salomon, the sacred dimension is self-revealing in making art, in that the very act leads to artistic creation (painting or poetry). It is the artistic gesture in its rituals which reveal the sacred. The artist Fabrizio Ajello has proposed a moment of reflection and identity through his encounter/confrontation with spaces historically used for the sacred.
At the end of this cycle of visits and meetings, the students, accompanied by their instructors, will have had a period of work during which they produce new works that investigate and express their own personal interpretation of the theme. On December 9th, from 6-7:30pm, the students involved will present their most significant productions to the public in the lecture hall of the Palazzo Strozzi Strozzina.
The project is implemented with the coordination of:
California State University (Marsha Steinberg)
Lorenzo de ‘Medici (Gianluca Maver)
SACI (Daria Filardo)
Syracuse University, (Kirsten Stromberg, Stafani Talini)
and artists: Fabrizio Ajello and Nicoletta Salomon
Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza Strozzi, Florence – ITALY
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