Immigrant Artists and Their Studios in New York City, 1930s-1940s
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium (42nd St. & 5th Ave., Manhattan)
Francesca Canadé Sautman is a Professor in the Department of Romance Languages at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She has published books and articles mostly in medieval and early modern studies, and has also written on Italian American culture. She will speak about the cultural life of immigrant artists’ studios in New York City in the 1930s and 1940s.
This talk evokes the vibrant world of immigrant and first-generation American artists from the 1920s to the 1930s and 1940s whose art school and studio spaces dotted the streets from East 34th Street to the two Villages. Focusing on thriving networks such as the Leonardo da Vinci Art School (founded in 1923 and directed by sculptor Onorio Ruotolo, 1888-1966) and artists mentored by already renowned artist Joseph Stella (1877-1946), the talk considers the studio as both a creative space and a cultural fulcrum in New York City in the decades preceding the Second World War.