Manuele Cerutti & Mary Ellen Carroll

Monday, April 11, 2022–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy
Graphic image with '2021-22 Fellow Shoptalk' in white letters against a solid magenta background

Manuele Cerutti
Simplicity of Regard

Manuele Cerutti’s presentation is directed to illustrate what he considers a central trait of his pictorial research, namely, simplicity of regard: an attitude he has increasingly tried to adopt and maintain in front of the objects, of certain objects. The focus is their “subjectivity” and the strange relationship between subject and object that descend from this acknowledgment. Cerutti will document briefly the phases of this research, starting from the works where objects are the only characters; more recently, the human figure is present again, in an aura (he hopes) of enlarged subjectivity. On the ground, the idea that a satisfying history of the relations between animate and inanimate worlds has yet to be written.

Manuele Cerutti is the Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita CRT Italian Fellow in Visual Arts and an artist based in Turin.

Mary Ellen Carroll
The Stone is More Stone than Before

Mary Ellen Carroll will present research and new works being developed while at the Academy, as well as the materiality in a work of art and unsuspecting matter: lithium and radio frequency. Revolution, extraction, and reconstitution as historical and contemporary processes in Rome, and works in Carroll’s oeuvre, will be discussed. Additionally, the ongoing work of the initiative DYKWTCA on migration and asylum will be touched on briefly, as will a new composition and performance based on the writing and political engagement of Natalia Ginzburg.

Mary Ellen Carroll is the Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize Fellow in Design and principal at MEC, studios, in New York.

The shoptalks will be held in English. They will not be streamed on Zoom.


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