New Postdoctoral Fellow specializes in Italian post-war Art

September 29, 2016

Joining the Department in Fall 2016 is Daria Ricchi as a post-doctoral fellow. She is an architect and architectural historian, who has been writing about contemporary art and architecture since 2002. Among her publications, her first book Tempi Moderni. Mecanoo and Post Mecanoo addressed Neo-modernism in the Netherlands, and her most recent book, Diller + Scofidio. The Ciliary Function, (Milan / New York: Skira 2007), historicized the work of the New York based office. She is interested in all forms of texts and their writerly modes, and how architecture and art enter fiction and popular culture. Her dissertation: “From Storia to History (and Back): Fiction, Literature, and Historiography in Postwar Italian Architecture,” School of Architecture, Princeton University, investigated and identified four genres in historical writing: myths, chronicles, history, and fiction, as all of these genres became accepted as forms of historical storie after 1957. She is teaching an undergraduate seminar on post-war Italian art and design, using the work of Italo Calvino to shape her approach.