Galleries & Studios of Rome – Adult Scholars Program – Fall 2019
€600.00 IVA included
Instructor: Shara Wasserman
Meets Mon 4.45 – 6.15 PM / Wed 3.40 – 6.40 PM
Fall Semester 2019 runs Sept. 9 – Dec. 20
Galleries & Studios of Rome
A course designed to give an overview of the artistic developments in Rome during the past 25 years and to offer insight into the diverse trends of contemporary art in the city. Visits are made to galleries, specific exhibitions, and artists’ studios.
The course focuses on Rome as the catalyst for a study of the contemporary art system in the 21st century. Commonly known as the Eternal City because of the continuity of a long and rich classical history, Rome is becoming an ever more international and multi-cultural contemporary capital. The course follows this development through visits to museums of contemporary art – MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of the City of Rome, MAXXI – Museum of Art and Architecture of the Twenty-First Century, and the most recent MAAM – Museum of Other and Elsewhere. We explore art in the city center, in galleries and private art foundations, and art outside the city center, in artist studios and alternative spaces, and in the urban space. We explore the outskirts of Rome where artists are taking studio space and creating site- specific projects. Topics include the mission of the contemporary art museum, the role of the commercial art gallery, the studio art practice, graffiti and street art, art and new technologies, the art market. Site visits are enriched by encounters with artists, gallery directors, and other art professionals. In-class lectures and discussions offer the background to Italian contemporary art and to the art system in general.
About the Instructor
Shara Wasserman is an American art historian and curator of contemporary art. She received her BA in Art History magna cum laude and with honors from Temple University and her MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. Following a period at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, first as Hilla von Rebay fellow and later as Editorial Assistant, Wasserman relocated to Rome, Italy.
At Temple University Rome, she introduced her course Galleries and Studios: The Contemporary Art Scene in Rome, to offer the students a complete perspective of Rome as a city of today. Visits to museums, galleries and foundations, and to private studios and new neighborhoods, allow the students to get a deeper view of Rome and a first-hand experience with contemporary art practice.
In 1990 she established the Temple Rome Gallery of Art, a 200 sq. mt. space focused on a strong exhibition program that reflects the academic and intellectual life of the campus and its status as a study abroad program. She also coordinates and supervises the art history internships for study abroad students at Temple Rome.