LISA MELANDRI ON SCARPITTA: TOTAL ART MARCH 1, 2018

Salvatore Scarpitta in front of #59 race car, Hagerstown Speedway, Maryland, 1987. Image courtesy Luigi Sansone.
 THURSDAY, MARCH 1

6:00 PM

Free. Please register here.

Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing Cars follows the thirty-year trajectory of an American original, from object-maker to performance artist, from gallery to race track. This major reexamination of a seminal postwar American artist focuses on his racing-themed artwork, including his race cars—both replicas and fully functional—the largest collection ever assembled in a museum in the U.S.

Scarpitta led a remarkable life. From Hollywood High to the Accademia di Belle Arte in Rome to the Italian resistance during WWII to Leo Castelli’s gallery in New York, he’s worthy of a biopic. In the midst of it all, he helped transform American art. Lisa Melandri discusses the artist and his impact on visual culture. This event is free and open to the public.

Lisa Melandri, Director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Lisa Melandri, Director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) talks about her background, vision for the museum, and the ability of art to change lives.

Video interview by Jorie Jacobi of STL Curator.

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