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On July 3rd, 2015, Temple Rome Digital Photography professor Liana Miuccio received the Biblioteca Angelica prize for her video installation Extended Portraits as part of the Exhibition Oltre i Libri, L’arte del Presente Incontra i Libri del Presente together with Temple Rome arts faculty Anita Guerra, (Sculpture prize) Katherine Krizek (Graphic Design Prize) and Roberto Mannino (Graphic Design Prize) The Biblioteca Angelica is the oldest historic library in Rome and the exhibit is on view until September 15, 2015. Visit the Angelica Library Website.
The video portraits of the former Testaccio market’s vendors celebrate people in their Italian quotidian life in the same way that Carlo Goldoni represented his characters in piazzas, cafés, inns and markets.
Visual artist and Photography Professor Liana Miuccio was born in Rome and raised in New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York and received a Masters Degree in Cinema at the University of Roma Tre. Her photographs have been published in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Globe and Mail, La Repubblica delle Donne, Il Corriere della Sera, l’Espresso and L’Internazionale.
Miuccio has received numerous awards for her photography including the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Italian American Foundation, Grazia Neri’s Yann Geoffrey prize, the MacArthur Foundation Arts Organization in Residence Program grant for Documentary Video Production and most recently the Bibliotecha Angelica’s contemporary art prize. Her photographs are also in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York.
Miuccio has exhibited her images and videos internationally including at the American Academy in Rome, Sala Uno and Temple University Rome gallery and the Gallery of the Bibliotecha Angelica in Rome. Solo exhibits have included, FOTOGRAFIA/Festival Internazionale di Roma, a MACRO Museum production, at La Casa della Memoria in Trastevere, Rome, “An Italian Journey” at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York, Villa Trabia, Sicily and the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Please visit Liana Miuccio’s website to see more of her work.
Anna Tuck Scala
Anna Tuck-Scala has taught art history courses at Temple Rome since 1999. She enriches on-site teaching with her own research and publications on seventeenth-century Italy. On a fieldtrip to Naples this semester, Anna took students to the Archivio Storico Istituto Banco di Napoli Fondazione, the very archive where she studied documents for her articles and book on Andrea Vaccaro, the leading painter in Naples around 1660. At the Archivio, the largest economic archive in the world, students met with the local leading expert, Eduardo Nappi, and learned about many topics, such as the history of the archive, the great variety of important information available in bank records (some of which date all the way back to the 16th century), as well as personal research experiences over the past 40 years.
The General Director, Aldo Pace, also gave a warm welcome and drew attention to the intertwined economic, historical and cultural connections between Naples and the USA. After showing a display of documents with signatures of renowned artists, writers and philosophers, Nappi explained how to actually carry out archival work, and singled out a bank payment to Caravaggio for close inspection. Bank payments provide precious information about daily life and the value that a wide range of products and activities had in the past. Julia Ballaron, a BFA major at Tyler/Temple specializing in Metals/Jewelry, was struck by a payment specifying the number and price of rubies required for an object related to the Treasury of San Gennaro. Students not only took photos and notes, but were actually allowed to touch and handle documents dating to the 17th century. A visit to a room left in its original condition demonstrated how bank documents used to be filed, by stringing them on cords hanging from the ceiling. This direct contact with the past was memorable way for students to connect their study abroad experience in Rome with the unparalleled cultural history that Italy has to offer.
Daniela Curioso is Professor of Italian at Temple Rome and Coordinator of Temple Rome’s highly successful and innovative Mamiani Project. Click here to find out more information about tutoring at local high school in Rome.
This semester Daniela also launched a new course at Temple Rome: INTENSIVE ITALIAN LANGUAGE, designed in collaboration with colleague Gitti Aloisi Masella. Daniela writes: “The course is an incredible opportunity for highly motivated students who want to make the most out of their Roman semester; last week they enjoyed exploring MERCATO ESQUILINO, practicing the Italian learned in the first two weeks of the semester while buying ingredients for the upcoming cooking night featuring a 7-course Italian menu.” 5 of the 14 Intensive students are also volunteering at Mamiani.
Daniela happily and regularly continue to practice YOGA, though she never manages to get enough sleep!