Carmen Belmonte & Karyn Olivier

Fellow Shoptalks

Carmen Belmonte & Karyn Olivier

Karyn Olivier installing Witness (2018) in Memorial Hall at the University of Kentucky (photograph provided by the artist)

Carmen Belmonte
“Censorship, Iconoclasm, Preservation: The Multiple Lives of Fascist-Era Monuments and Works of Art”

Monuments and works of art realized under the regime still pervade the Italian public space. They raise crucial scholarly questions with regard to issues of agency, reception, preservation, and conservation strategies. Through several case studies, Carmen Belmonte will analyze the dynamics of postwar censorship and iconoclasm against images related to Fascist propaganda, as well as the subsequent preservation of Fascist-era cultural heritage. She will explore the ways in which the presence of such cases of controversial heritage might be negotiated within contemporary Italy.

Belmonte is the Italian Fellow in Modern Italian Studies and a postdoctoral fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut fur Kunstgeschichte in Rome.

Karyn Olivier
“Invisibility, Mutability, and the Reimagining of Spaces”

Karyn Olivier’s talk will focus on her public and interactive artworks. She will discuss her manipulation and rearticulation of everyday objects and spaces in various sites, including billboards, parks, grocery stores, and sidewalks.

Olivier is the Nancy B. Negley Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts and associate professor and program head for sculpture at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

The event will be held in English. Watch Olivier’s shoptalk live at

Date & time
Monday, December 3, 2018
6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
McKim, Mead & White Building
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy