Students created their own responses to the “Luoghi di Fuga” project, considering the idea of “place of escape” with booklets functioning as a platform to collect/archive personal observations/reflections. Resident artists Elaine Sexton and Sidra Zubairi joined for our group critique, along with course instructors Bernardo Giorgi, Annunziata de Comite, and Lisa Nonken.
Today we had the opportunity to stop by the Accademia dei Fisiocritici Natural History Museum, connecting to themes of collecting and archiving, and the intersection of local and global areas, different fields of study, and a vast array of eclectic objects, specimens and perplexing curiosities!
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As our semester speeds along, our students have completed their latest projects of the intro unit, responding to the Tempo Zulu stones in the city center of Siena.
Visit the students’ personal blog pages to see more about the work of our remarkable group of young artists:
On Sept 25th we had a talk with resident artist Magdalena Maślerz, goldsmith specialised in bone jewellery and a teacher of goldsmithing based in Kraków, Poland.
After a busy first week in the Intro Unit, our Fall 2018 students have created their first responses to the “Walk of Destiny” project!
Visit their personal blog pages to see more about our remarkable group of young artists:
- Mariam Arshad
- Daniel Beers
- Kate Brock
- Annie Elbadawi
- Chris Loeber
- Shahnur Shahzad
- Molly Sheffield
- Emma Waligory
During our Intro Unit walks we’ve had the chance to explore some hidden corners of Siena, including the Vicolo degli Orefici, a quiet alleyway filled with potted plants tended by the neighborhood residents. We also stoppedy by the Miseriocordia headquarters (a historic organization providing emergency medical care for the community) and Siena’s synagogue and walked through the historic Jewish neighborhood.
At Siena’s City Archives, we were able to see a wealth of historic tomes, scrolls, tablets, illuminated manuscripts as well as the unique Biccherne panel paintings. Of course a visit to the archives isn’t complete without enjoying the view from their balcony!
In our Exploring Siena walks around the historic city center, we had the lucky chance to see the Museum of the Leocorno Contrada, which the neighborhood volunteers kindly opened for us. It was a great opportunity to see some of the costumes and memorabilia from the neighborhood’s history, as well as the Palio banners they have won over the years and the beautiful chapel where the blessing of the horse ceremony is performed.