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Antonio Rovaldi in Conversation with Dr. Steven Handel
March 3, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Italian artist Antonio Rovaldi and Dr. Steven Handel, Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, in a discussion on the landscapes and physical and perceptual limits of New York City. Organized by Magazzino Italian Art Foundation in collaboration with GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Rovaldi presents two related bodies of work — End. Words from the Margins. New York City, winner of the 5th edition of the Italian Council, and the book, The Sound of the Woodpecker Bill: New York City. Recently featured in exhibitions at Harvard’s School of Design and the GAMeC, these projects reflect Rovaldi’s unique artistic practice, which unites photography, video, sculpture, writing, and design in the construction of narratives rooted in landscapes and explorations of space and distance.
End. Words from the Margins. New York City explores the iconic metropolis from the point of view of its city limits and the edges of its five boroughs, which the artist photographed as he walked the city’s outer edges and waterfronts. The project attests to the possibility of describing the city and its development through physical travel, and considers the idea that a conscious rebirth of society can grow from the most marginal spaces.
The project is complemented by the publication The Sound of Woodpecker Bill: New York City, published by Humboldt Books, which includes five chapters on each of the city’s five boroughs. Each chapter includes a selection of 100 black-and-white photographs documenting Rovaldi’s walk around the perimeter of each area as well as accompanying text by Antonio Rovaldi. The publication also features geographical maps created by the landscape architect Francesca Benedetto and contributions by Francesca Berardi, Cecilia Canziani, Anna de Manincor, Claudia Durastanti, Lorenzo Giusti, Steven Handel and Mario Maffi.
END. Words From The Margins. New York City is a project by Antonio Rovaldi, promoted by GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, in partnership with Harvard – GSD, Magazzino Italian Art, and the St. Gallen Kunst Museum, supported by the Italian Council (5th Edition, 2019), a program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.