Pannaggi, Arte Meccanica, and the International Avant-Garde
In 1922, Ivo Pannaggi and Vinicio Paladini published their “Manifesto of Futurist Mechanical Art,” launching postwar Futurist debates on the role of the machine in modern life and art. This presentation by Christine Poggi, Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, considers the Futurist cult of the machine as it developed in the 1920s, expanding to include painting, theater design and costumes, advertising, graphics, and architectural decor. Focusing especially on Pannaggi, Poggi situates his Futurist work in relation to international avant-garde movements, including Purism, De Stijl, Constructivism, and the Bauhaus. Along with his paintings and graphic designs, Pannaggi’s costumes and sets for Ruggero Vasari’s Futurist play The Anguish of the Machines, his photomontages, and his interior decorations and furnishings for the Casa Zampini near Macerata situate this artist at the nexus of artistic currents of his time. An exhibition viewing follows the lecture.
$12, $8 members, free for students with RSVP