LAURA MOURE CECCHINI
Travel Fellow 2014-15
Laura Moure Cecchini is a PhD candidate in Modern Art and Visual Culture at Duke University, where her research focuses on Italian Moderism. Her work investigates the intersections between philosophy, art history, and art practice in Italy between the fin de siècle and the end of World War II. Laura works under the supervision of Dr. Mark Antliff, and her dissertation analyzes how prominent Italian artists, critics, and art historians from the 1880s and up to 1945—a seminal period in the construction of the Italian identity—reimagined the baroque in order to understand the experience of modernity. Laura also studies the artistic and cultural exchanges between Italy and Latin America, in particular Mexico and Argentina, during the Fascist ventennio. Laura has a B.A. in Philosophy from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City), and a M.Phil. in Philosophy from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico City). Her most recent publication is “Photodynamism and Vortography: The Futurist Anti-Portraits of Anton Giulio Bragaglia and Alvin Langdon Coburn,” which appeared in the 2014 International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, edited by Günter Berghaus.
For her CIMA travel fellowship, Cecchini will be conducting research in various private and public libraries in Milan and Rome in order to map the debate over the baroque in the Italian press from the 1890s to the 1940s.
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
Fabio Belloni is an Italian art historian.
He completed his PhD in 2010 under the supervision of Flavio Fergonzi, with a dissertation on the relationship between art and politics in Italy, 1968-1978. Since that time, he has conducted post-doctoral research at Udine University. In 2006 he won the Darc-Maxxi Prize for Art History and Criticism, and in 2012 he won the Erminia Bretschneider Prize for the History of Art. He is the author of the monographs La mano decapitata. Transavanguardia tra disegno e citazione (Milan: Electa, 2008); Modigliani (Milan: Sole 24 ore, 2008); and Amore mio a Montepulciano nel 1970 (Milan: Scalpendi 2014). For his CIMA fellowship, Belloni is working on the fate of Depero’s reputation in the decades after his death in 1960, as well as on the relationship between art and politics in the case of Fabio Mauri.
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
Raffaele Bedarida is an art historian and curator specializing in twentieth-century Italian art and politics. In particular, his research has focused on cultural diplomacy, migration, and cultural exchange between Italy and the United States. He is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Cooper Union, and regularly lectures on modern and contemporary art topics at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and MoMA. Bedarida is the author of two monographs in Italian, Bepi Romagnoni: Il Nuovo Racconto (Milan: Silvana Editoriale, 2005) and Corrado Cagli: La pittura, l’esilio, L’America (Rome: Donzelli, 2018; English edition upcoming), and numerous articles for academic journals (International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, Oxford Art Journal, Tate Modern’s In Focus) and exhibition catalogues (MART, Rovereto; CIMA, New York; Fundacion Juan March, Madrid; Frederick Kiesler Foundation, Vienna). For his CIMA fellowship, Bedarida worked on Fortunato Depero’s time in the United States and the activity of his Futurist House in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. He holds a PhD from the Art History Department of the CUNY Graduate Center, as well as MA and BA degrees in Art History from the Università degli Studi di Siena. Bedarida is currently working on the manuscript for his book: ‘Like a Giant Screen:’ The Promotion of Contemporary Italian Art in the United States, 1935–1969.