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Rome: La Citta d’Arte

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I was two things in high school: an artist, and a procrastinator. 

Those two did not mix. You can pull an analysis paper out of nowhere at 11pm the night before it’s due, but you can’t really do the same to a painting. Not a good painting, at least.

Needless to say, my art grade could have been a little better mid-way through the semester. My art teacher was getting a little annoyed at my constant late or unfinished homework, and I was looking to get back in her good graces. Then- an opportunity. She was being bothered by a representative from a local university to get students to enter a logo design contest for the town’s Italian Cultural Society. I figured hey- I like logos, I’m learning Italian. I can enter this contest, and get some sort of credit for it.

So I entered, but didn’t win. I did, however, get the chance to go see a lecture at the university by a pretty famous type designer: Louise Fili. I’ve you haven’t heard of her, I guarantee she’s designed the packaging of something you’ve bought. Give it a look.

But her lecture inspired me. The passionate way she spoke about Italy, about how it influenced all her work and how Italian type was her favorite was incredible. It got me thinking about me coming to Italy, and the art and type I would see. 

So far, I’ve seen a lot. What I love the most about Rome is that there’s art everywhere. It’s not just in the museums. It’s in metro stations, on the side of trains, on buildings and facades.

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Lots of trains here are covered in spray paint- I love it.

There’s art in graffiti, in the logos, in the old buildings that are now cinemas or apartments. I think a lot of people, when they think of art, think of stuffy museums where it’s overwhelmingly quiet yet still somehow to full of other people to enjoy. (Not a total dig at museums- I love them and could spend days in a museum. But dear god, do they get boring sometimes). But nobody really goes straight to the accessible art, the street art. Maybe because it’s not locked away it doesn’t feel as if it has value. But I don’t think it makes it any less art. Some of the stuff I’ve seen has been incredible, from the message to the detail. And it’s not something you’d ever see, or even want to see, in a museum.

What I like about this street art in Rome is that Rome is a city that could easily let all of it’s art be from antiquity. Rome has enough statues and Renaissance paintings to keep every museum stocked for decades. Rome has the Vatican Museums, the Galleria Borghese, the Ara Pacis, every single church in the city….it goes on.

Yet they don’t. Modern art is flourishing, in so many museums. There’s the MAXXI, the Chiostro del Bramante, MACRO. You can see work by world-famous modern artists (me and a friend were able to see this stunning Yayoi Kusama installation All the Eternal Love I Have for Pumpkins at the Chiostro del Bramante), or work by lesser known, local artists. Even Temple itself has a gallery, showcasing local art.

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The pumpkin room- you only get 20 seconds inside, but it was still beautiful

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The reason we visited the Chiostro del Bramante- a little bit of Philly in Rome!

And I can’t forget the type. Following in the steps of Louise Fili herself, I’ve been photographing every cool sign and logo I see, and it’s been awesome. The colors, the font, is all so beautiful and Italian looking. I don’t know how else to describe it other than that. I can’t wait to take this pictures home and apply them to my schoolwork in advertising and branding. 

I think this is my favorite thing so far about Rome- how it’s a city that is both ancient and very, very modern, and you can tell that just from the art. From the way that there’s buildings here that are evidently old just covered in graffiti. I’m sure some would call it vandalism, but I just see it as a younger generation of Romans making this city theirs.

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The last few weeks of the semester…

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In Ttalian Theater class during one of the last classes, discussing  Filumena Marturano

In Italian Theater class during one of the last classes discussing Filumena Marturano.

One of the last on-site classes for sketchbook in Rme was right around the corner from school.

One of the last on-site classes for Sketchbook in Rome was right around the corner from school.

Students in the sketchbook class really improved throughout the semester

Students in the Sketchbook class really improved throughout the semester.

Art show at local bar Circolo degli Artisti in Rome, Temple Rome had a room of art students.

Art show at a local bar, Circolo degli Artisti, in Rome.  Temple Rome had a room full of art students.

Temple Rome art student who participated in the are show.

Temple Rome art student who participated in the art show.

Byron Wolfe, Professor at Temple Tyler School of Art came to Temple Rome for a vist.

Byron Wolfe, Professor at Temple Tyler School of Art, came to Temple Rome for a visit.

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What was left of the end of the semester student show in the Temple Rome gallery.

What was left of the end-of-the semester student show in the Temple Rome gallery.

Students in the Library studying for their finals

Students in the library studying for their finals.

Finals critiques for the sculpture class.

Finals critiques for the Sculpture class.

My roommate and I studying for finals at a cafe.

My roommate and I studying for finals at a cafe.

“Raking Grads”

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The 3 grads at Temple Rome have been preparing for this show all year. The opening night of "Raking Light".

The 3 grads at Temple Rome have been preparing for this show all year. The opening night of “Raking Light”.

Studio of Grad Grimaldi Baez

Studio of graduate student Grimaldi Baez.

Studio of grad Lindsay Deifik

Studio of graduate student of Lindsay Deifik.

Studio of grad Haigen Pearson

Studio of graduate student Haigen Pearson.

Lindsay and Dean Link at the opening

Lindsay and Dean Link at the opening.

Only the artist can touch their own work...(The boot was out of place)

Only the artist can touch their own work… (the boot was out of place).

Viewing some of Haigen's photographs

Viewing some of Haigen’s photographs.

Grimaldi's wall piece up close

Grimaldi’s wall piece up close.

Discussing the photograph

Discussing the photograph.

The work from all three artist flowed so well together.

The work from all three artists flowed so well together.

Teeny Tiny Show

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Opening Night of Temple's Tiny Biennale Show.

Opening Night of Temple’s Tiny Biennale Show. 

The curator and Temple Arts professor Susan Moore.

The curator and Temple Arts Professor Susan Moore.

Everyone needs to get up close and personal to check out the artworks

Everyone needs to get up close and personal to check out the artworks.

Temple Rome Professor Anita Guerra standing next to her tiny painting

Temple Rome Professor Anita Guerra standing next to her tiny painting.

Some student made tiny sculptures.

Tiny sculptures made by a student.

Tiny art by Temple painting major Macauley

Tiny art by Temple painting major Macauley.

Grad Student Haigen looking realy close at his art.

Graduate Student Haigen looking really close at his art.

Photo student Emma standing next to her tiny photo

Photography major Emma standing next to her tiny photo.

Tiny works by Mina, Eli, and Nellie (respectively)

Tiny works by Mina, Eli, and Nellie (respectively).

The show continues upstairs to the open studios.

The show continues upstairs to the open studios.

Around Temple Rome

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Student Teacher Conference during Sketchbook class at the Museum of Modern Art

Student-teacher conference during Sketchbook class at the Museum of Modern Art.

Student back to work in the computer lab after Spring break.

Students back to work in the computer lab after Spring Break.

Student working in the sculpting room.

Student working in the sculpting room.

Students' sculptures

Students’ sculptures.

After developing the film, you must clean the negative.

After developing the film, you must clean the negative.

This student puts her negatives up to the light to get a better look at them.

This student puts her negatives up to the light to get a better look at them.

The changing of the painting in the lobby. The new painting is done by our very faculty member at Temple Rome, Susan Moore.

The changing of the painting in the lobby. The new painting is done by our very own Faculty member at Temple Rome, Susan Moore.

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A work in progress by a grad student, Grimaldi Baez.

A work in progress by grad student, Grimaldi Baez.

The new exhibition in Temple Rome's art Gallery, "Tra di Noi' with faculty member's art work.

The new exhibition in Temple Rome’s art Gallery, “Tra di Noi’ with faculty member’s art work.

Class Trip to Florence!

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One of the greatest aspects of Temple Rome is that the courses include plenty of site visits and class trips. Every week I have two site visits for different classes so I get to see a new part of Rome all the time. For my High Renaissance Art class, we recently took a weekend trip to Florence. It was amazing! Florence was so gorgeous. I wish I could have stayed there longer, but I was still able to see a lot in such a short time.

We got there Friday morning and then that afternoon we went to the Uffizi gallery. Being that close to so many masterpieces was incredible, especially since my professor was able to explain some to the paintings, which made me appreciate it even more. Later that night, we got to go out to dinner with my professor. We went to this amazing place called the Yellow Bar, where they make their own pasta. It was probably one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. I already wish I could go back.

The next day, our professor took us on a walking tour of Rome in the morning, and then we went to the Duomo in the afternoon. I never expected it to be so huge! I can’t think of any cathedral that is bigger. We also had a surprising amount of free time while in Florence. We got to explore a lot of the city own our own. For lunch, my friends and I ate at a Chinese restaurant. I know, its practically criminal to eat Chinese food while I have such a short amount of time in Italy, but I couldn’t help myself! Getting Chinese food reminded me of home, plus it was so delicious. That night, we had to complete a class assignment, which I didn’t mind, because we got to see Michelangelo’s David. It was completely magnificent. It was so huge and incredibly awe-inspiring just to even gaze upon it. It was clearly the central piece in the Accademia Gallery. After going there, I can see why the David is such an important sculpture in art history. I could go on for hours, but I digress.

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My final day in Florence concluded with free time in the morning, where I was able to walk around Florence some more. I found the leather market, which was pretty cool, and then I found the farmer’s market, where I went completely nuts. They had free samples of cheese, pastries, meats, olive oil and wine. Needless to say, I bought A LOT of food there. In the afternoon before our train back, we explored the Medici Chapel. I was no so surprised at this point to find out that it was also incredibly massive. Everything in Florence was huge, and I just wasn’t expecting that.

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I was surprised at how touristy Florence was. I’m pretty sure that I have heard more people speak English in Florence than my entire time being in Rome. I still can’t believe that my class trips are this fabulous, I never thought that I would be able to have such a casual weekend class trip to Florence. Temple Rome definitely has an invigorating learning environment.

Everything in Florence was beautiful, it was just like a more compact version of Rome. Rome definitely has my heart, but I definitely gave a little bit of it away to Florence too.

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Milan Weekend

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This past Friday morning, my Italian Design class embarked on a weekend trip to the gorgeous city of Milan. After a high speed train took us on our three hour journey (and for most of us, early morning nap), we headed straight to our first site of the weekend. Our weekend consisted of many visits to museums, design showrooms, and even the offices of designers. We couldn’t keep our eyes off of the amazing furniture, fine art, decorations, fashion, and creative designs that we were seeing first hand, many of which we previously studied in class. These included some of the most iconic designs in Italian history like the Superleggera chair by Gio Ponti.

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Our only complaint about visiting these places was that we wanted to buy everything we saw, and realized soon enough that even the smallest pieces would cost more than our entire study abroad experience! We collectively agreed that we all needed to stay in school and the get the best possible jobs so we can someday come back and afford some of these things!

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In between visits, we had time to enjoy Milan on our own and see famous sites like The Duomo and La Rinascente. Many of us enjoyed desserts and cappuccinos at a delicious pastry shop in the afternoon and dinners and drinks at the local restaurants and bars at night. And of course, what would Milan be without shopping? Our four-star hotel (yes, four-star) was next to many European shopping favorites, like OVS and H&M, which came in handy when students felt inspired by the weekend to update their wardrobes.

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My favorite part of the weekend was seeing the beautiful blown Murano glass vases in Venini. Seeing the time, care, and skill that is involved in making each individual vase had me intrigued and in awe. They were beautiful pieces that you could tell the company takes pride in and values to the highest extent. The price for these items is large, but after hearing a presentation of how much goes into making each one, the prices are fully understood.

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Milan is a city I would love to return to. It had a lot to offer in it’s thriving culture of art, fashion and design. I appreciated the compromise of historical traditions and modernity that flowed through the city and gave it a unique vibe. Overall, the class had a fun and interesting weekend that opened our eyes to have a deeper appreciation for Italian design. We were lucky enough to view the famous city in an artistic, behind the scenes view–rather than simply as tourists visiting the major landmarks.

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Now, all that is left after making our way back to Rome last night, is our project to follow up with the trip. It asks us to evaluate two of the designs that we saw during any of the visits throughout the weekend. What a bittersweet assignment–writing about two amazing things, but how are you supposed to choose two when you wanted to buy every last thing! Maybe it’ll help if we just pretend we took some of them home with us…

*sigh* maybe someday.