Our Fall 2020 students presented their mid-term projects, impressive interdisciplinary work reflecting their dedication and initiative from the first half of the semester. The artwork sparked a lively discussion in our group critique, with students and teachers in attendance.
We’re looking forward to see what our students develop for their final projects!
For more info about our current participants’ work within the Art & Society course, visit their individual pages:
Exploring the many layers of history, traditions, and symbolism, we visited the museum of the Tartuca contrada. Each of Siena’s 17 contrade have a museum dedicated to their neighbourhood’s proud traditions and regalia from previous Palio races, an amazing network of micro-communities within the city center, which makes Siena a truly unique place.
We found inspiration in the cabinets of curiosities at Siena’s Natural History Museum, the Museo di Storia Naturale dell’Accademia dei Fisiocritici. For information about the museum, you can visit their website: https://www.fisiocritici.it/en/
We’ve been worknig under the guidance of our faculty member Bernardo Giorgi to plant winter crops in our garden following sustainable permaculture practices. Our plants include leeks, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and more! We’re very grateful to everyone who is lending a hand with this work, including our students, teachers, staff, and community members!
Footage from the Eterno Presente event at the Pinacoteca Museum, Sept 26 2020
Il progetto Eterno Presente, finanziato da Fondazione MPS, ha offerto un evento realizzato dalla Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena in collaborazione con Siena Art Institute e Istituto Rinaldo Franci, presentando al pubblico senese un insieme di appuntamenti all’interno delle sale della Pinacoteca: lettura poetica di Donna Stonecipher, artista in residenza presso SART, contributi musicali a cura dell’Istituto Franci ed esercitazioni artistiche a cura di SART. L’iniziativa si è svolta in occasione delle Giornate Europee del Patrimonio 2020.
We had a chance to visit the Biblioteca Briganti, as well as touring the entire structure that it is a part of, the Museum Complex of Santa Maria della Scala, the former hospital. At the Briganti library, we were able to see examples of antique guidebooks as well as examples of contemporary artists’ books (both catalogues as well as artworks in the form of books). A true treasure trove!