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Reading Room #5 | The Mountain School of Arts

Seminar by Piero Golia
A talk curated by Cecilia Canziani and Ilaria Gianni
Chair of debate: Luca Lo Pinto

December 1st, 2010 at 6.30pm
Nomas Foundation, viale Somalia, 33 Rome

On the occasion of the fifth appointment of the Reading Room, which this year concentrates on initiatives established by artists for artists, Nomas Foundation presents The Mountain School of Art, a seminar with Piero Golia.

The Mountain School of Arts is a free university founded in 2005 in Los Angeles by Piero Golia and Eric Wesley. Located in a bar in Chinatown, the university offers a complete academic programme to its fifteen students. The Mountain School of Arts is an independent university that aims at completing the traditional American academic system. Renown professionals from the field of art, cinema and music give free three-monthly courses in Arts, Science, Philosophy, Marketing and Law. The talk offers an insight of the project and aims to stimulate a discussion on art education and its financing, and the possibility or need to initiate similar projects in Italy.

Piero Golia, born in 1974 in Naples, lives and works in Los Angeles. His works, provocative and disorientating, are close to Conceptual art and Performance, although hard to classify. This is because the artists is intentionally far from any firmly set up interpretation. He has been given several solo and group exhibition, in institutions and galleries, most recently at P.S.1 in New York; the 61st International Film Festival in Venice; the Accademia di Francia Villa Medici in Rome; Moderna Museet in Stockholm; Accademia Albertina of Belle Arti Turin; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; MADRE - Museo d'Arte Donna Regina in Naples; Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in Milan. He is currently running for the Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea, promoted by Maxxi, Rome.

Reading Room represents both a real and an immaterial space dedicated to the discussion, research and exploration of topics related to the exhibition programme. It is an evolving archive and framework of the creative process leading to the exhibitions. Reading Room is an ever changing dispositif that fosters a polysemous, collective, multilayered reflection on aspects of contemporary culture.