11 March 2021 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A conversation between Dr. Silvia Bottinelli (CIMA Travel Fellow, 2016-17) and CIMA Research Fellows Virginia Magnaghi and Carlotta Vacchelli, in occasion of the publication of Dr. Bottinelli’s scholarly book, Double-Edged Comforts: Domestic Life in Modern Italian Art and Visual Culture (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021).

The book unveils the untold story of Italian domestic experiences through the lens of artists and image-makers that focused their gaze on the intimate space of the home, during the course of decades that led from the trauma of World War II to the frenzied optimism of the postwar reconstruction.

Silvia Bottinelli is a Modern and Contemporary Art historian in the Visual and Material Studies Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Art at Tufts University. She received her PhD from the University of Pisa in 2008.

Her research on 20th and 21st century art has been widely published in art magazines and scholarly journals, such as Art Journal, Modernism/modernity, Public Art Dialogue, California Italian Studies, Art Papers, Sculpture, Palinsesti, Predella, Ricerche di Storia dell’Arte, Artribune, and Exibart, among others. She co-edited the volume The Taste of Art. Cooking, Food, and Counterculture in Contemporary Art Practices (University of Arkansas Press, 2017) with Margherita d’Ayala Valva. Furthermore, she authored the books SeleArte. Una Finestra Sul Mondo (2008), and Un Premio Dimenticato. La Collezione del Fiorino alla Galleria d’arte moderna di Palazzo Pitti (2007). She received grants from the American Philosophical Society, the Italian Art Society, and the Center for Italian Modern Art to work on the book we present here today, Double-Edged Comforts: Domestic Life in Modern Italian Art and Visual Culture, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, which analyzes the representation of the domestic sphere in Italian art and visual culture from the 1940s to the 1970s.

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