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Venice, Italy

Program Description

Global Temple Conference

For four weeks, you will live in Venice and experience art, culture and filmmaking through the 59th Biennale. The Venice Biennale is one of the oldest and most significant art biennales in the world. Started at the end of the 19th century, it is the showcase for modern and contemporary art. The primary focus of the program will be to utilize this mammoth exhibition as a laboratory for experimental learning. In addition, the program will be supplemented by a series of walking tours of Venice that will provide students with a background of Venetian history and culture from the renaissance to the present-day.

Tours will focus on the Ghetto, the architectural history and significance of Venice and the art of the renaissance through visits to museums, Scuole grande, Accademia, local churches and cathedrals. Additional visits to specific museums for both contemporary and renaissance collections will be organized and students will also take day trips to the neighboring islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello as well to the neighboring cities of Padua and Trieste. An optional trip to Bologna to attend the annual Cinema Rittrovato Festival (at an additional cost) may be offered. 

We will be collaborating with artists, curators, and critics associated with the 59th Biennale. Once the final line-up and roster is announced we will make contact with select artists and individuals connected with the national pavilions and arrange for them to meet with students. Program faculty are experienced in the Biennale circuit and will organize a vibrant lecture series and on-site visits between students and professionals associated with various national pavilions including Germany and the Netherlands, installations by Chinese and South American Artists, and international contemporary art historians.