TALK: Borders and Miracles of Art
Wednesday, October 27 / 4:30 PM
What are the borders of the country of Art? Are ex-votos included within these borders? If not, how would calling them “art” place into question the ritual value of the artwork (Benjamin) in the era before mechanical reproduction? Such concerns arise in the zone between devotional art and non-religious conceptions of the “miracle” explored by Italian artist Serena Giordano across different media. Showing and discussing her most recent work, Giordano will examine these and other questions with her audience in a highly stimulating interdisciplinary event.
Serena Giordano was born in Milan, studied at the Brera Academy of the Arts and attended the atelier of Emanuele Luzzati, one of Italy’s premier draftsmen. After a fortunate career as illustrator and designer for publishers, magazines, and newspapers, Serena Giordano has turned to video and installation art, and has also co-written two books with sociologist Alessandro Dal Lago on the relationship between contemporary and devotional art.
Sponsored by the Dept. of French and Italian, Italian Program, Religious Studies, Catholic Studies, Dept. of Art, Arts Research Initiative and the IHC.