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Arte Programmata: Freedom, Control, and the Computer in 1960s Italy. A book presentation with author Lindsay Caplan

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November 18, 2022

06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

General Admission Ticket: $15; Members & Students: Free

In conjunction with our current exhibition Bruno Munari: The Child Within, CIMA is hosting a talk by Prof. Lindsay Caplan about her recently published book, Arte Programmata: Freedom, Control, and the Computer in 1960s Italy.

In her book, Lindsay Caplan explores how in postwar Italy, a group of visionary artists— Bruno Munari among them — used emergent computer technologies as both tools of artistic production and a means to reconceptualize the dynamic interrelation between individual freedom and collectivity. Arte Programmata traces the multifaceted practices of these groundbreaking artists and their conviction that technology could provide the conditions for a liberated social life.

Prof. Caplan will be in conversation with CIMA Fellows Margaret Scarborough and Giulia Zompa.

Light refreshments will be served.

Copies fo the book will be available for purchase at a reduced price.

Lindsay Caplan is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Brown University. Before joining Brown, she taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Eugene Lang College, School of Visual Arts, Parsons, City University of New York, and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. She has received fellowships from The Center of the Humanities at The CUNY Graduate Center (2010-14) and the American Council for Learned Societies (2015-16). From 2010 to 2011, she was a Critical Studies participant in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Her writing has appeared in journals such as Grey Room, ARTMargins, e-flux, The Scholar and Feminist Online, and Art in America, as well as edited collections and exhibition catalogues. Her book Arte Programmata: Freedom, Control, and the Computer in 1960s Italy received a Millard Meiss Publication Grant from the College Art Association and was recently published by the University of Minnesota Press (October 2022).

Public Programming at CIMA is made possible with the generous support of Tiro a Segno Foundation.

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