Monthly Archives: February 2015

Curator’s Forum Series with Dennis Lim, March 5

Before introducing and discussing Salò, or the 120 days of Sodom on March 5th, Dennis Lim will participate in an informal meeting organized with Yale Film Colloquium as part of their Curator’s Forum series. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 5th, at 5:30pm, in WHC 208 and there will be a light dinner.

If you would like to join us for this informal dinner and discussion with Dennis about his curatorial work (among other things) please RSVP to

Dennis Lim is the director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where he also serves on the selection committee for the New York Film Festival, as the co-director of New Directors/New Films, and as co-curator of annual programs including Art of the Real and Projections. The film editor at The Village Voice from 2000-2006, and a regular contributor to The New York Times from 2006-2013, he has also written for Artforum, Cinema Scope, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Currently a visiting lecturer in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard, he has also taught in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism graduate program at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. His book David Lynch: The Man From Another Place will be published by Amazon/New Harvest in 2015.

Workshop – Pasolini and the neo-avant-garde

The last workshop leading to the conference will take place on Monday, February 23rd, 4pm, at the Beinecke Library, Room 39, it will be led by Anna Marra and it is co-organized with the Postwar Culture Working Group.

There are three suggested readings. The first one is a short essay by Pasolini on the avant-garde, the second is a good introduction on the subject and the last pages talk specifically about Pasolini, and the third one is in Italian but very short. Please email us at if you wish to participate.

1) “The end of the avant-garde” (in Heretical Empiricism)

2) The Neoavanguardia and the Theoretical Debate (in The new Avant-Garde in Italy)

3) Pasolini e la neoavanguardia (in Lo sperimentalismo tra Pasolini e la neoavanguardia)

“Gramsci-Pasolini: ashes to ashes”, a lecture by David Forgacs

Join us on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, 12:00 pm, at Whitney Humanities Center,Room 208
Light lunch will be served Please RSVP:

Forgacs posterDavid Forgacs teaches in the Department of Italian Studies at New York University, where he holds the Zerilli-Marimò Chair of Contemporary Italian Studies. Before that he held (1999-­2011) the Panizzi Chair of Italian at University College London. His previous appointments were at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he was Reader in Film Studies (1997-99), the University of Cambridge, where he was a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College (1989-97), and the University of Sussex (1978-89), where he was Lecturer in Italian and European Studies. In 2006-09 he was Research Professor at the British School at Rome. In 2005 he was awarded the honor of Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana for services to the promotion of Italian culture abroad

His main research area is Italian cultural and media history since 1800. His publications include Italian culture in the industrial era 1880-1980 (1990; also in an expanded edition in Italian, 2000), Mass culture and Italian society from Fascism to the Cold War (with Stephen Gundle, 2007, also in Italian), Italian cultural studies (with Robert Lumley, 1996), Rethinking Italian fascism: capitalism, populism, culture (1986), The Antonio Gramsci Reader (1998, 2000). On cinema his work includes studies of Antonioni (essays 2011, 2007, 2000), Pontecorvo (2007), Rossellini (2 books, 2000), popular cinema under Fascism (2002), migration in film (2001), memories of fascism in cinema of the 1960s and 70s (1998), as well as full-length commentaries on the DVDs of Ossessione, The Leopard, Red Desert and The Conformist. His latest book is Italy’s margins: social exclusion and nation formation since 1861 forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2014.