Rome and the Venice Biennale

Tentative Dates: May 17 - June 1, 2019
Grand Canal, Venice

This study-trip provides an opportunity to examine, in-situ, masterworks of Italian art, design, and architecture, and experience the unique juxtaposition of the historical with the contemporary on the occasion of the 2019 Venice Biennale.

The trip is 16 days long and encompasses  Rome and Venice, with day-trips including the Villa D’Este and Hadrian’s Villa near Tivoli  outside Venice.

In Rome we will examine masterpieces of ancient, baroque, and renaissance art, architecture, interior design and urban design. The itinerary includes visits to significant historical sites  (the Roman Forum, St Peter’s Cathedral, the Pantheon, the Colosseum); important museums and collections (the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, Museo Barberini, Galleria Borghese, MAXXI Museum); and many of the hundreds of working churches which  house masterworks in-situ by figures such as Caravaggio, Raphael, Borromini, Bernini, and Michelangelo. On the day-trip to Tivoli we will visit Hadrian’s villa and the nearby Villa d’Este with its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and  music - the model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque styles. For contemporary art we will visit the Gagosian Gallery in Rome, the Zaha Hadid MAXXI Museum, and the American Academy in Rome.

In Venice we will spend two full days together at the Venice Biennale, beginning at the Giardini viewing all of the work presented in the National Pavilions, and another full day examining all of the projects and other pavilions installed in the Arsenale. Many countries do not have national pavilions within the limited space of the original Giardini site, so works from these countries can be found installed in every variety of ‘other’ spaces throughout the city. Seeking out these ‘off-site’ exhibitions is one of the best ways to explore the intricacies of this historic city.

As a group we will also visit important museums/collections in Venice such as the Peggy Guggenheim Museum on the Grand Canal, the Accademia, and the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana. The latter two display major works of contemporary art from the collection of Francois  Pinault, many of which were commissioned specifically for these spaces. The triangular-shaped Punta della Dogana is the former customs house of the city of Venice and it has been completely renovated by famed architect and designer Tadao Ando. It sits on a significant site between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal and has views out to two significant churches by the great and highly influential renaissance architect Palladio.  

Credits: 3 credits STUDIO (4000-level) and / or 3 credits ARTHI (4000-level)

Louis Mallozzi, Sound
Snow Yunxue Fu, Film, Video, New media, Animation
Jennifer Nelson, Art History, Theory & Criticism

Program fee: Approx. $2,550 (including transport during the program, accommodation and some meals; not including airfare).

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,613 per credit hour
Graduate—$1,665 per credit hour.

Airfare: Budget at least $1,400 for airfare if flying from Chicago. (Note this is only an estimated figure. Actual fare will depend on many variables including airline, number of stopovers, exchange rate fluctuations, ports of departure and return, and date of ticket purchase).

Online registration begins: March 13, 2019

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information sessions:
Monday, February 4,  4:15-5:15 p.m., MacLean room 707
Tuesday, February 26,  4:15-5:15 p.m., MacLean room 112
Monday, March 4, 12:10-12:50 p.m., MacLean room 707