Images from SACI’s Body Archives exhibit in Florence’s Museum of Anthropology

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Last month, an exciting multi-media exhibition of work by Studio Art Centers International undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Body Archives course was installed and integrated in Florence’s Museum of Anthropology, Via del Proconsolo 12. See the digital catalog of the exhibition!

Selected works by participating students included:
Gwynneth Alldis, Francesca Balagtas, Jessica Cohen, Emily Gamble, Christina Gednalske, Molly di Grazia, Lauren Victor, Rebecca Morris, Radha Tague, and Jessica Taylor

Body Archives is an art course at SACI, Florence, based on observation, study and creative response to the body-related iconographic context.

All cultures and époques have produced their own scientific, aesthetic or symbolic image of the human body and Florence has given some important contributions to the history of its representation. This course is based on observation, study and creative response to the body-related iconographic context in Florence. It proposes an introduction to scientific museum collections that, since the 1700s, formed our ideas about body and identity that had its consequences throughout the 20th century and in our time. Through lectures, field trips and studio time, the tasks of the course will be the gaining of a specific knowledge, creating a direct theme-based contact with the city, and the production of practical work. The field trips include visits and talks as well as specific assignments inside the museums of Natural History, Anthropology and others. The methods of work may include a variety of media – drawing, painting, collage, photography, video, sound, and the keeping of a “visual diary.” The course is offered to students at all levels of study who are open to explore a diversity of methods, iconographies and displays in search of the “body of our time.”

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See the Body Archives on Flickr

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About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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