Dr. Cozzi will consider the work of a wide range of artists who combined image and text in both Europe and the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. She will discuss, among other things, contemporary perceptions of the relationship between visual poetry and conceptual art, and the overlapping aesthetic strategies used by visual poets and artists working with appropriation, photography and collage who did not define themselves as visual poets. Dr. Cozzi will be giving her lecture at 4:15 p.m. in Lebus Court 113.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Pomona College Department of Art History.
About Dr. Leslie Cozzi
Leslie is currently a Curatorial Associate at the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum. In that capacity, she assists with the daily management of various collections the museum oversees, including the Armand Hammer Permanent Collection, the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, the Wight Art Gallery Collection, and the Grunwald’s extensive collection of works on paper. She helped organize several recent exhibitions, including the latest iteration of the ongoing Houseguest series, William E. Jones: Imitation of Christ, and the museum's presentations of Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible; Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880–1914; and Robert Heinecken: Object Matter. She is also assisting on the upcoming exhibitions Apparition: Frottages and Rubbings from 1870 to Now and The Idea of North: Paintings by Lawren Harris, as well as a planned retrospective on the Italian artist Marisa Merz.
Leslie is a graduate of Yale University, where she was awarded Distinction in the History of Art and the A. Conger Goodyear Senior Essay Prize for her thesis on the Bolognese painter Francesco Francia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where she worked with Dr. Howard Singerman on contemporary Italian art. Her Dissertation, “Protagonismo e non: Mirella Bentivoglio, Carla Accardi, Carla Lonzi, and the Art of Italian Feminism in the 1960s and 1970s,” won a university-wide essay prize.
In addition to being awarded a 2010-2011 Fulbright Fellowship to conduct dissertation research in Italy, Leslie was a member of University of Virginia’s Society of Fellows (2007-2008) and was appointed the Penny and James Coulter Fellow (2005-2010) by the University of Virginia’s prestigious Jefferson Scholars Foundation. Leslie has participated in several conferences both in the U.S. and abroad, most recently the 2nd Annual Feminist Art History Conference in Washington, D.C. and the colloquium on “Gender Studies e il caso italiano” at the Université-Stendhal Grenoble. A chapter of her dissertation appeared in the March 2011 issue of the peer-reviewed Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory. She has also contributed to several exhibition catalogs, including a forthcoming retrospective of Mirella Bentivoglio’s visual poetry at the Pomona College Museum of Art.