A Sense of Place is on view now at The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, featuring work by seven Chicago-based artists with Italian ties, including Carl Baratta, Antonia Contro, Stefano Cossu, Marco G. Ferrari, Virginio Ferrari, Sung Jang, and Lou Mallozzi.
The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy and the long-standing friendship between the U.S. and Italy. It also ties in with the 2011 Venice Biennale, in addition to Italy@150 – a series of activities throughout the U.S. organized by the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC, celebrating the unification.
Curated by Kate Zeller, Assistant Curator of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Sullivan Galleries within the Department of Exhibitions, the exhibition features a range of work including paintings from Baratta, mixed-media pieces from Contro and Jang, photography and installation work from Cossu, film and video from Marco G. Ferrari, sculpture from Virginio Ferrari, and sound pieces from Mallozzi.
A Sense of Place represents Chicago as one of eighty-nine satellite exhibitions featured in the Italian Pavilion in the World at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. The exhibition will have a presence through a film Marco G. Ferrari is creating about all seven artists and their work. Click here to watch a video. The Italian Pavilion brings together Cultural Institutes from around the world to promote Italian art, its history and its emergence over the past decade.
thru September 16
The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago | 500 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1450
Chicago, IL 60611 | Iicchicago@esteri.ii
Learn more about video artist Marco G. Ferrari and his father, sculptor Virginio Ferrari in their CGN listing, and on their site, ferraristudios.com.
Virginio Ferrari, video still from A Sense of Place, video essay by Marco G. Ferrari