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A WEEKLY SAMPLER OF FREE TOURS, FILMS, TALKS, AND MORE


THURSDAYS,
NOVEMBER 1, 8, 15, AND 29, 2001

FREE

THIS MONTH, THE WALKER'S WEEKLY SAMPLER OF FREE TALKS, FILMS, AND TOURS FOCUSES ON ITALIAN FILM, ART, AND DESIGN. GALLERIES ARE OPEN UNTIL 9 PM, SO STAY LATE TO TAKE IT ALL IN.


NOVEMBER 1
FREE TALK: RADICAL INTERVENTIONS: ITALIAN DESIGN OF THE 1960S, 7 PM
 
Cini Boeri's Bobolungo Chair, 1969

Using the time frame suggested by the exhibition Zero to Infinity--1962 to 1972--Walker Design director Andrew Blauvelt surveys the exuberant and experimental Italian product design of the era. He examines the ready-made objects of Achille Castiglioni, the futuristic self-contained living environments of Joe Colombo, the material innovations of Gaetano Pesce, the polemical works of Ettore Sottsass, Jr., and the conceptual projects of collectives such as Archizoom and Superstudio. The lecture concludes with a look at the landmark 1972 Museum of Modern Art exhibition Italy: The New Domestic Landscape. Lecture Room.

NOVEMBER 8

FREE TOUR: TRANSFORMATION AND CHEMISTRY -- A SPECIAL TOUR OF ZERO TO INFINITY: ARTE POVERA 1962-1972, 6 PM
This tour examines the ways in which the artists associated with Arte Povera explored the notion of transformation through the use of nontraditional materials. In celebration of the American Chemical Society's National Chemistry Week, the tour focuses on the scientific side of such unusual artistic materials as lettuce, soil, neon, and wax.

FREE FILM: LOVE MEETINGS (COMIZI D'AMORE), 8 PM
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
For this 1964 film, Pasolini traveled across Italy to investigate the petite bourgeoisie's varied attitudes about "the problem of sex." Introduced by Cesare Casarino, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. Auditorium.


NOVEMBER 15
FREE VERSE: OLGA BROUMAS, 7 PM
 
Olga Broumas
photo: Christine Hart
Poet Olga Broumas is well known for her lyrical explorations of human sensuality and for her translations of Greek poet Odysseas Elytis. "Broumas offers a new perspective on myths and fairy tales as well as a persistent theme of sisterhood" (Library Journal). Her many books include Beginning with O, which was selected for the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1977; Black Holes, Black Stockings, a volume of prose poems co-authored with Jane Miller; and Rave: Poems 1975-1999, for which she received the Lambda Literary Award. She has recently released a compact disc featuring readings from her poems and translations. Lecture Room.
FREE VERSE IS COSPONSORED BY RAIN TAXI REVIEW OF BOOKS.

FREE FILM: THEOREM (TEOREMA), 8 PM
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
Theorem divided Catholic audiences at the time of its release: the Catholic International Film Office awarded it a jury prize, but the Pope denounced it as "a black Mass with Freud and Marx as assistant celebrants." Introduced by Cesare Casarino. Auditorium.

NOVEMBER 29
FREE FILM: WORLD AIDS DAY SCREENING -- MOURNING AND MILITANCY: AIDS ANGER, SADNESS, AND ACTION
Part of the Guggenheim's series Fever in the Archive: AIDS Activist Video, this program features works that attempt to encompass some of the emotions that lead to political and social action. 1987-1995, U.S., color, video and 16mm, 90 minutes. Introduced by Jim Hubbard. Auditorium.




FREE THURSDAYS ARE MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS AND THE LILA WALLACE-READER'S DIGEST FUND.