Melanie Masterton Sherazi & Corinna Gosmaro
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SHOPTALK HAS BEEN CANCELED.
Melanie Masterton Sherazi
“A Janus-time”: Experimental African American Literature and Visual Arts in Cold War Rome
This talk will situate 1950s and 1960s Rome as a significant hub for African American and Italian modernist innovation and collaboration in literature and the visual arts, with a focus on the cultural work of William Demby and Barbara Chase-Riboud. Their respective crossings of national and media borders generated groundbreaking artistic forms infused with political content related to desegregation, anticolonialism, and antifascism.
Melanie Masterton Sherazi is the Terra Foundation Affiliated Fellow.
Corinna Gosmaro is the Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita CRT Italian Fellow in Visual Arts and an artist based in Turin, Italy.
The shoptalks will be held in English.