From 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. June 5, you can have lunch while listening to Patrice Giasson, the Neuberger Museum of Art’s Alex Gordon curator of art of the Americas, talk about a selection of works in “Pier Paolo Pasolini: Subersive Prophet.”It’s part of the Neuberger’s Virtual Art Sandwiched-In lectures.
Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italian, 1922–1975), https://www.wagmag.com/a-prophet-for-our-times/ was one of 20th-century Europe’s leading intellectuals, known for his prolific work as a poet, writer and film director. Pasolini railed against government corruption, materialism, consumerism and political and social repression. A blunt and controversial figure, he often faced harsh rebuke.
“To me, Pasolini was a subversive prophet, a civic poet, a barometer,” says Giasson. “He could talk about everything, including about the ways we behave, our sexuality and our political inclinations. With Pasolini, nothing was off the table. He also understood and railed against the way Italy and the rest of the Western world were heading – into a uniform, universal, standardized society – even before the idea of globalization took hold. My hope is that through this exhibition, visitors will connect with the voice of a true humanist, who dedicated his life to making this world a better place in which to live.”
The exhibit includes an introduction to the artist’s most important films and a selection of original film costumes designed in Italy by the internationally-acclaimed costume house Farani. Try to spot the costumes as you stream Pasolini’s films on YouTube or Amazon Prime. (In March, The New Yorker recommended
streaming “Love Meetings,” a 1965 documentary about Pasolini’s travels through Italy to interview a variety of people about their views on the topics of sex, prostitution, homosexuality and marital and nonmarital relationships. Stream on Amazon and YouTube.)
For more, visit Neuberger.org.
– edited by Georgette Gouveia