Curating: Contrast and Balance

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By Emily Deahl
Photo by Silvia Mancini

My name is Emily and I am a rising senior at the College of Charleston majoring in Psychology with a minor in women and genders studies. In Charleston, my day consists of reading case studies and discussing the efficiency of the latest talk therapy technique. When I came to Italy, I was looking to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. Curating the Paolo Lantieri exhibit at the Ganzo gallery certainly accomplished that goal. Although I have a great appreciation for art, my knowledge of art history and technique is undebateably thin. Luckily, it is easy to see the beauty and craftsmanship in Lantieri’s work (even for an amateur like me). Working on this exhibit, I learned how to break down a painting by recognizing the use of color and paying close attention to all subjects and objects in the painting. I also learned quite a bit about the prep work that goes into preparing an exhibit. Before this experience, it never occurred to me just how much time, effort, and attention to detail goes into preparing for a gallery opening. Between designing the catalogue and arranging the gallery, I learned about the importance of contrast and balance. Out of all of our given tasks, preparing the gallery space was my favorite. Although tedious, removing and rehanging the paintings was quite fun. Another favorite of mine was the opening night. It was exhilarating and rewarding to share our hard work and the work of Paolo Lantieri with others. Even though this gallery experience is a bit out of my field, I will cherish the memories and lessons for many years to come.

For more information on the exhibition, visit this page.