Arte al Femminile: Women in Italian Visual Poetry


May 22, 2024, 6:00 PM

General Admission: $15, Members & Students: FREE


In conjunction with CIMA’s current exhibition on Nanni Balestrini and the political dimensions of art in the 1960s and 1970s, this event will explore the work of Italian women artists involved in visual poetry during those decades, along with the social, political, and historical context in which they operated.

Art Historian and Curator Leslie Cozzi (Baltimore Museum of Art) will examine a number of women artists that used language in their visual work to engage with questions of gender and to subvert patriarchal narratives and structures.

CIMA fellows Francesca Zambon and Anna Szirmai will complement the case studies presented with a brief historical overview of second-wave feminism in Italy, and with an exploration of innovative approaches in art, such as asemic writing.


Leslie Cozzi, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art, oversees the museum’s collection of post-1900 works on paper. Her recent exhibitions include Matsumi Kanemitsu: Figure and Fantasy; Darrel Ellis: Regeneration; A Modern Influence: Henri Matisse, Etta Cone, and Baltimore; and Valerie Maynard: Lost & Found. She has published and lectured widely on contemporary Italian art and feminism. Her Ph.D. dissertation, “Protagonismo e non: Mirella Bentivoglio, Carla Accardi, Carla Lonzi, and the Art of Italian Feminism in the 1960s and 1970s,” was awarded a 2010-2011 Fulbright research fellowship as well as the Zora Neale Hurston essay prize by the University of Virginia’s Women and Gender Studies program. Prior to her arrival at the BMA, Dr. Cozzi was the 2017-2018 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Winner in Modern Italian Studies at the American Academy in Rome.

Light refreshments will be offered