November 2017


Leslie Cozzi - "A single syllable sets them apart": Agonism and Collaboration in the work of Mario and Marisa Merz

  • Monday, 13 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Mario Merz, Fibonacci Igloo, 1972. Metal structure with stuffed fabric, iron wire, and neon numbers. Private Collection, New York.

The shoptalk discusses the presence of agonism and collaboration in the work of Mario and Marisa Merz, two central protagonists of Arte Povera whose lives were so deeply entwined that the art critic Tomasso Trini mused, “a single syllable sets them apart.” Understanding agonism as a form of provocation that spurs mutual development, the discussion traces the growth, interaction, and mutual impact of several key bodies of work—in particular Marisa’s iconic 1966 Living Sculptures and Mario’s better-known igloos—as part of a productive conversation about scale and stature that unfolded both within and outside of their shared home studio space 

Leslie Cozzi is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies and Curatorial Associate at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

The event will be held in English.

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.