Spoleto – if (s)he spoke
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Annie Godfrey Larmon and Andrianna Campbell



Websites: anniegodfreylarmon.com

Images from top: Andrianna Cambpell; Annie Godfrey Larmon.


The writers Andrianna Campbell and Annie Godfrey Larmon join us to develop a book of creative non-fiction exploring relationships between art, architecture and poetry in the context of Spoleto’s Festival dei Due Mondi in the 1950s/60s and the Mahler & LeWitt Studios 2017 residency program.

In particular they are examining Giovanni Carandente’s 1962 exhibition ‘Sculture nella Citta’ and the work of David Smith, both pioneering in their integration of sculpture and a city’s architecture. They are working with several archives in Spoleto including Carandente’s at the Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive. They will explore the ways in which Spoleto’s historic architecture impacts the artworks produced for the festivals as well as Carandente’s deliberate staging of modernism against the enduring forms of antiquity.

Campbell will pay particular attention to Smith’s work, reconsidered in relation to architecture, pageantry and poetry (the project title comes from the poem ‘New York to San Fran’ by Allen Ginsberg and refers to a series of letters between Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti which Ferlinghetti read at the festival in 1965). Invited by Carandente to make two sculptures in 1962, Smith made 27 in 30 days. They were exhibited in Spoleto’s Roman theatre and other locations. The experience proved highly influential to his later production.

Carandente will serve as a bridge between Campbell and Godfrey Larmon’s research via his collaborations with Smith and the festival’s oft overlooked co-organiser Priscilla Morgan. Godfrey Larmon’s research will focus on Morgan, Isamu Noguchi’s longtime partner and a key figure in creating the 50s/60s festivals, their site-specific nature and international ties with the US.

Interspliced with their historical research, which is intended for publication, Campbell and Godfrey Larmon will include interviews and contributions from contemporary artists working in Spoleto during the 2017 iteration of the festival and the Mahler & LeWitt Studios residency program.

Annie Godfrey Larmon  is a writer, editor, and curator based in New York.  The recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for short-form writing, she is a regular contributor to  Artforum, and her writing has also appeared in  Bookforum,  FriezeMAYRhizome, and  WdW Review. She is the editor of publications for the inaugural Okayama Art Summit and a former assistant editor of  Artforum, where she edited international reviews. The co-author, with Ken Okiishi and Alise Upitis, of  The Very Quick of the Word  (Sternberg Press, 2014), she has penned features and catalogue essays on the work of numerous artists, including Okiishi, Alex Da Corte, Loretta Fahrenholz, Marianna Simnett, and Cally Spooner. She has organized exhibitions and performances at such venues as the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; American Contemporary, New York; and Rongwrong, Amsterdam. Godfrey Larmon writes about the ways in which artists represent, attend to, or challenge the impact technology has on language, bodies, labor, and subjectivity itself. In particular, she engages feminist perspectives on how the networked, performance-driven, and speculative world of late capitalism and its technologies have benefitted, complicated, or been detrimental to the agency, expression, bodies, and politics of women.

Andrianna Campbell is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she specializes in American art in the modern and contemporary period. Her doctoral research focuses on Norman Lewis and Abstract Expressionism in the post-World War II period. Campbell was the coeditor of Shift: A Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture from 2014-2016 and a 2016 special edition of the International Review of African American Art dedicated to Norman Lewis.  She is co-founder of the forthcoming journal Apricota. Alongside her scholarly research, she is the author of essays and reviews on contemporary art for Artforum, Art in America, Even, and Frieze. Campbell’s areas of focus include digital technology, perception, materiality and identity in contemporary art praxis. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Dean K. Harrison Fellowship, the Preservation of American Modernists Award, the Library Fellowship from the American Philosophical Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the Dia Art Foundation, the Dissertation Writing Fellowship at the The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library and the National Gallery’s CASVA Chester Dale Fellowship from 2016-2017.