Sharon Hecker & Teresa Kittler – Couples and Artistic Collaboration in Modern Italy


Sharon Hecker & Teresa Kittler – Couples and Artistic Collaboration in Modern Italy

Still from Ottonella Mocellin and Nicola Pellegrini’s video Alphabet. The space between us and the unknown (2021)

This seminar workshop explores how partnerships and dialogue can transform, reconfigure, and allow us to think differently about artistic production in Italy. Short papers and live conversations consider the couple as a constantly shifting social/cultural paradigm by exploring what it makes visible and what it obscures. In doing so, we reflect on established models as well as alternative ways of working and making art.

The workshop is open to American Academy in Rome Fellows and invited guests.



Marla Stone, Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Professor, American Academy in Rome



Sharon Hecker, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano; and Teresa Kittler, University of York

Part I: Couples across the Atlantic


Melanie Masterton Sherazi, California Institute of Technology and Terra Foundation Affiliated Fellow
“Interracial Intimacies and the Transnational Modern Couple: William and Lucia Drudi Demby’s Collaborative Work in the Postwar Italian Cinema in Congo vivo (1962)” (via Zoom)

Raffaele Bedarida, Cooper Union
“Moglie e Buoi dei Paesi Tuoi: Virginia Dortch, Piero Dorazio, and Cultural Translation between Italy and the USA” (via Zoom)

Followed by a discussion.

Part II: Collaborative Erasures and the Legacy of Italian Feminism


Charlotte Matter, University of Zürich
“Colonial Erasures: Elvira Banotti and Rivolta femminile”

Roberta Minnucci, Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History
“Out of Focus: Anna Piva’s Creative Contribution to the Work of Giulio Paolini”

Followed by a discussion.

Part III: Working Together Today


Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith (2023 Fellows), MOS Architects, New York, in conversation with Teresa Kittler (via Zoom)

Carla Subrizi, Università di Roma Sapienza and President of Fondazione Baruchello, in conversation with Sharon Hecker

Ottonella Mocellin and Nicola Pellegrini, Berlin artists, in conversation with Chiara Mannarino, Independent Curator, New York

Followed by a discussion.



Date & time
Thursday, November 30, 2023
3:00 PM
McKim, Mead & White Building
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy
Security notice

For access to the Academy, guests will be asked to show a valid photo ID. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm (16 x 14 x 6 in.) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.