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Lisa Melandri on Scarpitta: Total Art

Mar 1, 2018, 6:00pm

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Salvatore Scarpitta in front of #59 race car, Hagerstown Speedway, Maryland, 1987. Image courtesy Luigi Sansone.

Salvatore Scarpitta in front of #59 race car, Hagerstown Speedway, Maryland, 1987. Image courtesy Luigi Sansone.

Lisa Melandri on Scarpitta: Total Art

Thursday, March 1

6:00 PM

Free. Please register here.

Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing Cars follows the thirty-year trajectory of an American original, from object-maker to performance artist, from gallery to race track. This major reexamination of a seminal postwar American artist focuses on his racing-themed artwork, including his race cars—both replicas and fully functional—the largest collection ever assembled in a museum in the U.S.

Scarpitta led a remarkable life. From Hollywood High to the Accademia di Belle Arte in Rome to the Italian resistance during WWII to Leo Castelli’s gallery in New York, he’s worthy of a biopic. In the midst of it all, he helped transform American art. Lisa Melandri discusses the artist and his impact on visual culture. This event is free and open to the public.