Talk with artist-in-residence Susan Barbour

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Our current artist-in-residence, Susan Barbour, led a presentation on Tuesday March 12th at the Siena Art Institute as part of our weekly cycle of public talks “StARTers: Assaggi d’arte.”

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2275364926124765/ 

Susan Barbour’s recent work focuses on smell and its effect on the verbal imagination. Drawing on her background as a poet, scholar, and sommelier, she is writing a hybrid book of memoir and theory that explores the relation between text and nose. As part of her research for this project, she also conducts wine-tastings and workshops in the psychological reactions to human body odor.

Barbour’s interest in the body’s traces extends to her visual art practice as well. Her poetry book manuscript, NUDE UNTANGLING HER HAIR, recounts her experience of learning to draw while working as an artist’s model and incorporates line drawings of female nudes she makes using her own hair. She has exhibited her artwork in galleries in Los Angeles and New York and has shows forthcoming in the U.K.

Barbour earned a B.A. in Literature from Dartmouth, an M.A. in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, and a D.Phil. in English Literature from Oxford, where she was a Clarendon Scholar. She also holds the Level 4 Diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and is a certified French Wine Scholar. Her poetry and essays have appeared in literary magazines including Five DialsThe Paris ReviewCatapult,The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Oxford Poetry, and her scholarship has been published in academic journals such as Textual Practice, Transatlantica, and The Oxford Review of English Studies. She has been the recipient of fellowships from The James B. Reynolds Foundation, The Rothermere American Studies Institute, The Huntington Library, The Bogliasco Foundation, The Beinecke Library at Yale, The Jentel Artist Residency, The Dora Maar House/Brown Foundation, and The Institute for Art and Olfaction. She has lectured at Johns Hopkins, École Polytechnique, and Merton College, Oxford and also held research positions at Columbia University and Caltech.

For more info, visit her residency profile page.

 

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Looking forward to Verso: Settimana di arte e architettura contemporanea October 10-18

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The students of the Art & Society course will be participating in the programming of Siena’s week of contemporary culture “Verso” taking place Oct 10-18.  We will be part of a city-wide “Open House” on Oct 18th at the museum complex of Santa Maria della Scala, showcasing the many different groups and individuals involved in the city’s cultural life, as well as an “Open Studio” event at the Siena Art Institute Oct 10th from 4-6 pm.  We will then have a presentation of students’ current projects at the Verso space in Santa Maria della Scala Monday Oct 12th from 2-5 pm, and the public is invited to participate in a collaborative activity with the Art & Society class at the Siena Art Institute Wednesday Oct 14th from 2-5 pm.

More info about the week-long series of events can be found on the Verso facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/verso.arte.architettura.contemporanea/timeline/

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