Carol Mancusi-Ungaro & Las Nietas de Nonó

Fellow Shoptalks

Carol Mancusi-Ungaro & Las Nietas de Nonó

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Carol Mancusi-Ungaro
Artist/Conservator Nexus

Carol Mancusi-Ungaro once asked Cy Twombly if his art had ever been decisively damaged. He replied, in all seriousness, “only by restorers.” That shocking retort launched a nineteen-year conversation with the artist. Through that experience, she saw anew the primacy of the artist’s voice in determining what should be preserved for posterity. In 1990, Mancusi-Ungaro founded the Artists Documentation Program wherein artists are interviewed about the materiality and preservation of their art. Since then, a concerted effort to understand the salient synergy between artist and conservator has propelled the professional discourse and writing of her career, and the shoptalk will expand upon and demonstrate the nature of that crucial rapport.

Carol Mancusi-Ungaro is the Suzanne Deal Booth Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation and Conservation and the Melva Bucksbaum Associate Director for Conservation and Research at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Las Nietas de Nonó
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Las Nietas de Nonó’s shoptalk will focus on their research project, FOODTOPIA: después de todo territorio, which explores the climate crisis, the lack of access to food, as well as the loss or preservation of traditional healing practices and ancestral spirituality in the African Diaspora as a result of migration processes. Through self-referenced fiction and an Afro-futurist aesthetic, they will explore the relationship between memory and food, as well as spirituality and healing. They will also discuss how the topic of food, sustainability, the archive, and memory has evolved throughout their artistic practice.

Las Nietas de Nonó (Mapenzi Chibale Nonó and Mulowayi Iyaye Nonó) are the Rome Prize Fellows in Visual Arts and artists based in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

The shoptalks will be held in English. They will not be streamed.


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Date & time
Monday, March 7, 2022
6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
McKim, Mead & White Building
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy