Until we meet again, Riccardo

Postdoctoral Fellow, Riccardo Venturi, atop a post, at the Center. Photo: Sarah Osborne Bender

As soon as I met our spring Postdoctoral Fellow , Riccardo Venturi, I knew I would enjoy having him in our midst. He has such a wonderful sense of humor, both about himself and the world. One of my (many) favorite things about him is the set of adorably hilarious idiosyncrasies he exhibits on a daily basis. During presentations and class lectures Riccardo must place his materials – his pencil, moleskine notebook, wristwatch, and sometimes his glasses – perfectly parallel to each other and to his laptop from which he is working. If they’re not positioned “just so” he has to stop and fix the arrangement. Then there’s the glass vase he used as a water glass everyday (he admitted he knew it was a vase, but claimed it worked much better as a water glass). There he was, every day:  materials perfectly placed, drinking water from a flower vase.

I recently sat down with Riccardo to learn more about how he came to the field of art history, how the fellowship helped further his research, and his experience teaching an art history course at the Center. Continue reading “Until we meet again, Riccardo” »

Functional Splendor

Phillips Collection staff members view Augustus Vincent Tack's mural, Time and Timelessness (Spirit of Creation), 1944, at Lisner Auditorium. Photo: Sarah Osborne Bender

Thanks to PhD student Jennifer Stettler Parsons, a few Phillips employees took a field trip on April 13 to George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium to see the last abstract painting of Augustus Vincent Tack in a most unexpected form.

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