Installation view of Fontana (Fountain), 2007, by Marisa Merz (Italian, 1926–2019). On loan from the Collection of Leo Katz

Marisa Merz Study Day & Workshop

Friday, April 24,
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In this daylong program, curators and scholars pay homage to artist Marisa Merz’s life and legacy and discuss often overlooked aspects of her practice, including:

  • The relationship to reproductive labor, domesticity, and the classical
  • Experimentation in material and form
  • Merz’s connection (or lack thereof) to contemporaneous women artists in Italy and abroad
  • Her ambiguous position amongst artists associated with Arte Povera

This program includes presentations by invited speakers as well as a series of roundtable discussions.

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Marisa Merz


Silvia Bottinelli, senior lecturer, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts; and Sharon Hecker, independent scholar and curator, Milan: “Lead and Aluminum in Marisa Merz’s Art. Layers of Meaning”

Lara Conte, associate professor, Università di Roma Tre, Rome: “Marisa Merz: Sculptural and Film Experiments in the Kitchen, 1967–1968”

Francesco Guzzetti, postdoctoral fellow, the Morgan Library & Museum, New York: “Drawing Intimacy: Marisa Merz’s Works on Paper in the 1970s”

Teresa Kittler, lecturer, University of York, England: “Marisa Merz: Actions, Interactions, and Performative Sculpture”

Luigia Lonardelli, curator, MAXXI, Rome: “Marisa Merz as an Anti-Penelope”

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This program is supported by the Consulate General of Italy, Philadelphia, and the Italian Cultural Institute.

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