The Bogliasco Foundation
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-FALL 2009

Jim HarrisonIam pleased to have this opportunity to share with you recent Bogliasco Foundation news as well as some of the remarkable accomplishments of our Fellows.

The Liguria Study Center was proud to be part of the European Heritage Days, an annual celebration of European culture that gives people in over 40 countries access to historical landmarks, many of which are normally closed to the public. On September 26, visitors from all over Italy and abroad were able to tour the magnificent gardens of Villa dei Pini, particularly known for their long-standing maritime pines and agaves. After the tour, guided by the creative force behind the gardens, landscape architect and Bogliasco Foundation Trustee Gianni Biaggi de Blasys, guests enjoyed a projection of the video The Garden of Villa dei Pini by Bogliasco Fellow Graham Parkes ('04).

On October 6, the Bogliasco Foundation held an event at the Italian Consulate in New York where Whitney Museum Curator and Bogliasco Foundation Advisory Committee member Elisabeth Sussman gave a lecture on the Venice Biennale followed by a cocktail reception. We were honored to have Italian Consul General Francesco Maria Talò with us that evening and it was a pleasure to see many familiar faces and meet some new friends as well. Please visit our website to view photos from these recent events.

The Bogliasco Foundation will participate in the 2010 Festival Internazionale di Poesia which will take place in Genoa from June 10 through 20, 2010. We invite our Fellows who wish to propose their candidacy for this event to contact the Liguria Study Center office by December 31, 2009.

Please consider joining the Bogliasco Foundation's Facebook group where you can share information about your upcoming performances, exhibitions or events, photos of your time at the Liguria Study Center or links to your websites or blogs.

The Bogliasco Foundation relies on help from friends like you in order to continue its mission of fostering the creativity and scholarship of artists and humanists from around the world. In a few weeks, you will be receiving the Bogliasco Foundation's annual appeal letter in the mail inviting you to make a gift to the Foundation. Your partnership is critical to the Bogliasco Foundation's future. We welcome your generosity and I thank you in advance for your consideration.

Warm regards,

James S.

James S. Harrison

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The poets Anne Pion ('08) and Stephanos Stephanides ('09) together with Gilberto Isella ('04) and video artist Adriano Kestenholz ('00, '03) participated to the 15th edition of the Festival Internazionale della Poesia, which took place in Genoa, Italy from June 10 to 22. Anne and Stephanos read poems both in Genoa and Bogliasco that were written while at the Study Center. Adriano and Gilberto showed the video Villa Saluzzo Serra, la latenza del visibile - produced during their residency in Bogliasco - at the Conference Room of Biblioteca Berio in Genoa and in Bogliasco in the Sala Bozzo.

The Bride of EThe Bride of E, Mary Jo Bang's ('05) follow-up to the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Elegy, was recently published by Graywolf Press.

To Wake the DeadMarina Belozerskaya's ('02) To Wake the Dead: A Renaissance Merchant and the Birth of Archeology, was recently published. For more on the book, read The Washington Post review.

Stefania Beretta's ('09) new exhibition, Holy Places, curated by Viana Conti, is on view at the UnimediaModern Gallery in Genoa until December 10th.

Joseph Boone ('07) received a National Humanities Center Residency Fellowship for the 2009-2010 academic year to complete his book, The Homoerotics of Orientalism, on which he worked in Bogliasco.

Daniel Brewbaker's ('02) new composition Living the Divine had its world premiere on May 29 at Edmund Chapel, Wheaton, Illinois.

Raphael Cohen-Almagor ('05) was recently appointed Deputy Dean of Research at the University of Hull in England. Among his recent publications are "Hate in the Classroom: Free Expression, Holocaust Denial, and Liberal Education," published in the American Journal of Education; "The Limits of Objective Reporting," featured in the Journal of Language and Politics; and "Dignity, Compassion, Care and Safety Valves at the End-of-Life," in the Israel Law Review.

Since the publication of his book of poetry entitled Other Rooms, Neil Curry ('04) has published a topographical and anecdotal book, The Cumberland Coast, and Alexander Pope, a study of the poetry of the eighteenth century poet.

DanaYves Dana's ('96) career is celebrated in Conversations Secretes, a 50-minute film by Pierre Kalbfuss that premiered at the Pathè Flon cinema in Lausanne on May 7. Yves recently participated to the 10th anniversary of the L&M Arts Gallery at Art Basel.

Cathy Davidson ('08) and David Theo Goldberg published The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age, a MacArthur Foundation Report on Digital Media and Learning (MIT Press).

DanaLuce Delhove's ('07) jewelery was recently on view at the Giannettino Luxoro Museum in Nervi, near Genoa.

Emanuelle Delle Piane's ('07) play Les Enfants de la pleine Lune was awarded a prize by the jury of the Comédie-Francaise and will be part of its 2010/2011 season in Paris. The play was undertaken in Bogliasco in September 2008 in partnership with Nathalie Sabato ('08).

DidouMarc Didou's ('04) exhibition, ICones, is showing at the Galleria Martini & Ronchetti in Genoa until November 21. For more information, visit the gallery's website.

Ellen Driscoll's ('07) new exhibition FASTFORWARDFOSSIL: PART 2 will be on view at the Smack Mellon Gallery in Brooklyn, New York through November 8.

The Gathering NightMargaret Elphinstone ('05) recently published The Gathering Night (Canongate Books), a novel set 8,000 years ago on the west coast of Scotland. Click here for The Globe and Mail review.

FlyntRobert Flynt ('09) exhibited several pieces that he created in Bogliasco at the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY.

Alberto Ghinzani's ('03) work will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Lissone, Northern Italy, and at the Stelline Foundation in Milan until November 1. The exhibitions feature drawings, sketches and sculptures made of materials ranging from bronze to wood, iron and fiberglass.

Rebecca Goldstein ('98) recently published Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (Nextbook/Schocken). Her 26 Arguments for the Existence of God (Pantheon) about "the varieties of human religious experience in a story of obsession, consuming love and divine genius," is due in January 2010.

Giovanna Granato ('09) recently did the Italian translation of Amy Bloom's ('05) novel Away. Giovanna also translated Jeff Dyer's Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and is currently working on several pieces by David Foster Wallace including his unfinished novel, Pale King, which will appear next fall.

The Galerie Marianne Brand recently hosted Urbanités, a photo, drawing and painting exhibition by Claire Guanella ('01) and Danielle Argov at EPEP (Espace pour évènements ponctuels) in Geneva.

HobsonCongratulations to Fred Hobson ('08), recipient of the 2009 Cecil Woods Jr. Award for Nonfiction for two recent books. This past summer, Fred lectured at Tongji University and the Shanghai University of Economics and Commerce.

The New York City Opera will open its 2009/2010 season at Lincoln Center, New York, this November with a revival of the opera Esther which has a libretto by Charles Kondek ('01). Charles also provided a reconstruction of the libretto to Daughter of the South, a 1939 opera by composer Edward Joseph Collins. The work is to be recorded in May by the Royal Scottish Opera in Glasgow with Baltimore Opera Music Director Marin Alsop conducting.

Victor Lodato's ('06) first novel, Mathilda Savitch, was recently published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. A large part of Victor's novel was completed in Bogliasco.

MaffiCongratulations to Mario Maffi ('02), whose Mississippi: Voyage aux sources de l'Amérique was awarded the Prix Ptolémée de Géographie 2008. Several chapters of the book were written in Bogliasco.

MartinJorge Martin ('05) will have the world premiere of his full-scale opera, Before Night Falls, presented by the Fort Worth Opera Festival in the spring season of 2010. His oratorio, Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, based on the poem by Walt Whitman, was given its world premiere in March 2009 by Cantori NY in New York City.

One State, Two StatesBenny Morris ('02, '07) published a new book, One State, Two States (Yale University Press), about the present-day legacy of the events of 1948 and the concrete options for the future of Palestine and Israel.

Visual artist Fahrad Ostovani ('08) took part in the exhibition Art et Nature in the Museo Villa Cedri in Bellinzona this past spring. He also launched the book Etudes sur les variations Goldberg in cooperation with Yves Bonnefoy in June which reproduced his series of 40 works after the Goldberg Variations. This summer, two exhibitions of his work - Ut Musica Pictura and Farhad Ostovani et le Livre were held in Tours, France.

Nancy Palmeri ('98) presented a gallery talk in the Kimbell Art Museum's "The Artist's Eye" series on October 10. She discussed works in the Museum's permanent collection and shared special insights of the practicing professional.

The Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts held The Metamorphosis of an Object, an exhibition by Rona Pondick ('99), through mid-October.


Rosa Quint's ('08) Mapping Genoa, featuring paintings that she completed during her residency in Bogliasco, was recently on show at the 84 GHz Kultur im Keller Gallery in Munich. Julian Stannard ('08) read his poems on Genoa at the show's opening.

ReissaEarlier this fall, Eleanor Reissa ('96) directed Meyer Levin's 1952 adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank at New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Politics, Poetics, and the Pindaric Ode, the sequel to Pindar, Pindar and the Renaissance Hymn-Ode, which Stella Revard ('97) completed in Bogliasco, will appear later this year. Additionally, her Complete Shorter Poems of John Milton was just published by Wiley-Blackwell.

"Ibsen's Black Poodle", the chapter Gordon Rogoff ('09) wrote for his projected book Sunset Over Ice while in Bogliasco, will be the lead article in the next issue of The Yale Review (January 2010).

This fall, Editions des 2 Terres will be publishing the French translation of Colette Rossant's ('04) books, Memoires d'une Egypte Perdue and Retour a Paris.

James Rossant's ('04) show, Urbanitudes, was on display at The Box in Paris. Cities in the Sky, a retrospective of one of his largest architectural painting series, was also recently published.

Rossant Elmar Schenkel's ('07) latest novel, Leise Drehung, was recently published by Verlag Helmut Ladwig in Germany.

PondickAnna Schuleit's ('09) exhibition, Two People Ago, is on view at the Coleman Burke Gallery in New York City until November 28.

SchwendingerCongratulations to Laura Schwendinger ('02), who was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with one of two $15,000 Goddard Lieberson Fellowships (2009). Her Van Gogh Nocturnes for piano solo will premiere in spring 2010. A CD of Laura's chamber works will soon be released under the Centaur label, and a CD with her two concerti (Esprimere and Chiaroscuro Azzurro) will be produced by Albany Records.

Chaplin's GirlMiranda Seymour ('08) recently published Chaplin's Girl: The Life and Loves of Virginia Cherrill (Simon and Schuster).

Susan Shatter ('08) has several upcoming exhibitions in the spring of 2010, including: American Waters and The 184th Annual at the National Academy Museum in New York; the Water group show at DFN Gallery in New York; and Trouble in Paradise at the Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona.

SingletonThe newly-formed Orchestra of the League of Composers, led by conductor Louis Karchin, celebrated its inaugural concert in June with the world premiere of Alvin Singleton's ('08) After Choice at Columbia University's Miller Theatre.

Several 2007 Bogliasco Fellows flew to Puerto Rico earlier this year for the world premiere of Carlos Vazquez's ('07) Requiem Domesticus, dedicated to all victims of domestic violence. Pictured, left to right, are Bogliasco Fellows Joseph A. Boone, Matthew O'Sullivan, Wendy Mitchinson and Rex Lingwood, and Carlos with his wife, soprano María C. Sánchez. The event not only goes to show that Fellowship projects reach a successful culmination, but that the bonds formed at the Liguria Study Center continue to have a vibrant after-life.

A New Literary History of AmericaHelen Vendler ('02) was among the contributors to A New Literary History of America (Harvard University Press). The book comprises more than 200 essays on American life, with topics arranged in chronological order from the sixteenth century to the present. Read The New York Times review here.

TangerineOn view at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York is Susan Walp's ('07) Recent Paintings and Works on Paper. The show will run through October 24 and includes some of the still lifes that she created while in Bogliasco.

Dan Welcher's ('03) Symphony #5 was premiered by the Austin Symphony Orchestra under its Music Director, Peter Bay, in May. The four-movement work was awarded "Outstanding Original Composition" at the annual Austin Critics Table Awards and garnered an award for "Outstanding Symphonic Performance" for the Austin Symphony.

Andrew Zawacki ('07) recently published his third book of poems, Petals of Zero Petals of One, with Talisman House. In addition, his translation from the French of Sébastien Smirou's My Lorenzo - on which he worked while in Bogliasco - has been accepted for publication by Burning Deck.


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