Judith Kirshner, critic and dean of the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois-Chicago, discusses the significance of Carla Lonzi (1931-1982), a major figure in contemporary art. A founder of the feminist movement in Italy, Lonzi's remarkably subjective interviews, radio broadcasts, and essays established the groundwork for early dialogues and definitions of Arte Povera. Her influential volume Autoritratto (Self-Portrait) was compiled in 1968 and 1969 during a year in Minneapolis with her companion, sculptor Pietro Consagra. Lonzi constructed her self-portrait from hundreds of recorded interviews she conducted with leading Italian artists such as Lucio Fontana, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Carla Accardi, and Luciano Fabro. The discussion builds a portrait of Lonzi by examining her unorthodox writing, her conversational approach, and still-relevant arguments about criticism and power. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972.
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