JCU's Art History Club Premiers its Lecture Series with Artist Chiara Mu

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Chiara Mu

Chiara Mu

On January 28th, The John Cabot University Art History Club inaugurated its lecture series with artist Chiara Mu. The event was organized by Rosa Palermo, President of the Art History Club, and Jerelyn Huber, Secretary.

Chiara Mu is a site and situation-specific artist from Rome. She graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Rome with a diploma in Stage Design, before moving to London for ten years to complete her MA at the Chelsea College of Arts and Science. Mu says London is where she really “found her artistic voice.”

Her current exhibit, “Vendetta,” is a project room in Castello Colonna, a medieval castle in Genazzano, near Rome. Castello Colonna was built around 1000 AD and was home to cardinals and popes throughout history. Mu’s exhibit has been set up in what used to be the laundry room, where the servants made soap.

“Let the soap come back and reclaim the space!” Mu told the audience suggesting the theme of the exhibit. She has installed soap in various forms and colors coming through the walls, floor and ceilings. What makes the installation even more interesting is that the temperature of the rooms changes constantly, causing the soap to melt and morph into different shapes.

The last chance to visit “Vendetta” is Saturday, February 1st from 3:00PM to 7:00PM. For more info visit the official Castello Colonna page.

The next Art History Club Lecture will be on February 20th with curator Lindsay Harris, winner of the prestigious Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome last year.

Find out more about the Department of Art History and Studio Art at John Cabot University!