Art & Art History Lecture: Ara Merjian
Prehistory, Primitivism, and the Aesthetics of ‘Contamination’: Pier Paolo Pasolini and Arte Povera
As Italy’s best known aesthetic export since Neorealist cinema, Arte Povera appears ubiquitous in accounts of the country’s post-war culture. In using incongruous and humble materials, Arte Povera protested the corporate, technological design which had come to distinguish Italy by the late 1960s. This talk will analyze the overlaps and divergences of Arte Povera strategies with the writing and cinema of Pier Paolo Pasolini – Italy’s most prominent post-war figure.
Ara H. Merjian is associate professor of Italian studies at New York University, where he is an affiliate of the Institute of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History. He received his BA from Yale University and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in the history of art.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 4:30pm