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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Civitella Ranieri in Madrid



Dana Prescott, Diego Mencaroni, and Spencer Reece (CRF2016) in a live radio interview at Vaughan Radio talking about poetry and Civitella in Madrid, 14 September 2017.


Talking about 'Feathers from the Angel's Wing' at the Madrid International Institute 


By chance Civitellian Jonah Bokaer (CRF2016) was in Madrid choreographing a piece at the museum CA2M in Mostoles. Dana Prescott, Diego Mencaroni, Maricruz Bilbao (DG2011) and Spencer Reece (CRF2016) joined him for the production.



















A reception for about 40 Civitellians was held at the movie bookstore 8 1/2 in Madrid.  Here, Patricio Pron (DG2014) and his wife join us.




















Civitellians Daniel Canogar (CRF2015) and Irit Batsry (CRF2012) join the reception at 8 1/2. Irit happened to be in Madrid with her project The Raft, a video installation at the Proyector Festival in Madrid.



A great selfie of Diego Mencaroni, Juan Cruz (DG2015), and Maricruz Bilbao.


Dana Prescott, Spencer Reece, Daniel Canogar, Maricruz Bilbao and Juan Cruz at the 8 1/2 reception in Madrid, 16 September 2017.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Presentations

In the past week, there have been many events at Civitella Ranieri including:



A poetry reading from Henri Cole (DG2017) and Sarah Howe (CRF2017)...

A presentation from Dilek Winchester (CRF2017) and James Muriuki (CRF2017)...


A performance by composer Kate Moore (CRF2017) in conjuction with her hanging ceramic sculpture...

And a series of installations around the castle by Sam Adams (CRF2017) and Dilek Winchester (CRF2017)... 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Assisi Field Trip

A small group ventured to Assisi for the final excursion of Session 3. The first stop was a small church called Santa Maria dei Bagni, in Deruta. The entire church was built around an olive tree, which can be seen behind the altar. It is said that the Madonna appeared in this olive tree and conducted, and continues to conduct, many miracles. 

Each miracle is documented in ceramic tile... 

The next stop was the Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli. This is the seventh largest Christian church in the world, located just outside of Assisi. There is a catholic church within the larger Christian church that was first erected in the 4th century. Saint Francis restored this smaller church and this is the site where it is said that he committed himself to a life of poverty and worship. 


The group poses for a picture outside of Santa Maria degli Angeli... 

Art of the Possible


Last Thursday, Fellows, Friends of Civitella, Community members, and guests gathered to hear Jonathan Galassi and Ann Goldstein talk about the art of literary translation for an event called the Art of the Possible. Galassi is a CRF Board Member, who has translated and published the works of Italian poets Giacomo Leopardi and Eugenio Montale. Goldstein is a current Director's Guest at the Castle, and has translated the works of Primo Levi and Italo Calvino, among others. After their talk, the floor opened for questions. Thank you to all in attendance! 




Arezzo Excursion

Tuesday, Fellows took a break from working and ventured to Arezzo, a bustling hilltown just over the Tuscan border. Arezzo is the birthplace of Guido d'Arezzo, the monk who invented musical notation as we know it. The group walked through the town, past the Duomo, and saw a fragment of a fresco by Piero della Francesca. Next the group visited a church called Santa Maria della Pieve, and then the church of San Francesco to see another of Piero's works which tells the story of the true Cross.

The group in front of the statue of Guido d'Arezzo...

 Piazza Grande in Arezzo...

 Unpacking Piero's fresco in the San Francesco church...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Eggs Yolks and Paint Brushes

Friday, Fellows gathered in the farmhouse Castrabecco where we learned all about one of the favorite painting methods of the Renaissance... egg tempera. Egg tempera is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium that consists of mixing powdered color pigments with the yolk of a fresh chicken's egg. Some notable works that were painted using this egg tempera technique include Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" and Piero della Francesca's "The Flagellation of Christ."

Dana instructing us on how to make these yolk-based paints... 

A "hands-on" activity...


Fellow Rasha Abbas (CRF2017) and Director's Guest Henri Cole (DG2017) using the colors they created...





Mystery and Rapture: Landscapes by Four Finissage

On Thursday, Friends of Civitella gathered for the finissage of an exhibition that has been in the Civitella gallery since August 12th. The exhibition, curated by William Bailey, was entitled "Mystery and Rapture: Landscapes by Four." It included work by the American artists Dan Gustin and Langdon Quin, as well as Italian artists Mario and Marco Fallani. Guests were able to listen to the artists talk about their work, and then the artists fielded specific questions. 






Everyone here at Civitella would like to extend a huge "thank you" to those who helped to make this show possible, and to everyone who supported the artists by attending... 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Urbino Excursion

On Tuesday Civitellans visited the Renaissance hilltown of Urbino, a UNESCO world heritage site. The first stop was the Palazzo Ducale museum which holds two of Piero della Francesca's most famous works; the Flagellation of Christ and the Madonna of the Senigallia. After lunch, the group visited an Oratorio with magnificent frescoes created by the Salimbeni brothers and exlpored the town. 

View of the Palazzo Ducale...


Inside the Oratory, admiring the 15th century frescoes...


Gelato Break!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sansepolcro & Monterchi Excursion

This past Thursday, Civitellans took a break from working and ventured to the beautiful hill towns of Sansepolcro and Monterchi. Sansepolcro is just over the Tuscan border, where the painter Piero della Francesca was born, and Monterchi is the nearby birthplace of his mother. In both locations, Civitellans saw a few very important works of art.



Fellows looking at the painting of the Madonna, fully pregnant and flanked by angels ,that is still a pilgrimmage site in Monterchi... 

Presentations

This past week was a busy one at Civitella Ranieri... 


On Monday, Diector's Guest Geoff Dyer (Writing, UK) read to us an excerpt from his book, White Sands: Experiences from an Outside World...
Aperitivi in the courtyard before Geoff's reading.


On Wednesday, Director's Guest Joanna Klink (Writing, USA) and fellow Kate Moore (Music, Australia/Netherlands) shared their poetry and music, respectively, with us...
Joanna reading in the church dedicated to San Cristoforo, within the castle walls.


And on Friday, fellows Rasha Abbas (Writing, Syria) and Patricia Smith (Writing, USA) presented their writing and poetry...
Rasha Abbas explaining her writing process.