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David Freedberg, Director
Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art, Columbia University
tel: (212) 854-2306 (Italian Academy)
tel: (212) 854-8527 (Dept. of Art History)
e-mail: freedberg@columbia.edu

Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art; Director, The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America; Art and the Neurosciences; Dutch, Flemish, French and Italian painting of the 16th and 17th centuries; 16th and 17th century history of science; theory and criticism
D.Phil., Oxford, 1973


David Freedberg is best known for his work on psychological responses to art, and particularly for his studies on iconoclasm and censorship (see, inter alia, Iconoclasts and their Motives, 1984, and The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response, 1989). His more traditional art historical

       

writing centered on the fields of Dutch and Flemish art. In recent years he has turned his attention to seventeenth century Roman art and to the paintings of Nicolas Poussin. He has been involved in several exhibitions of contemporary art (eg. Joseph Kosuth: The Play of the Unmentionable (1992)). Following a series of important discoveries in Windsor Castle, the Institut de France and the archives of the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome, he co-authored a number of catalogs of the natural history drawings in the Royal Collections and turned his attention to the intersection of art and science in the age of Galileo. His chief publication in this area is The Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, his Friends, and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History (2002).

Although Freedberg continues to teach in the fields of Dutch, Flemish, French, and Italian art of the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries, as well as in historiographical and theoretical areas, his research now concentrates on the relations between art, history, and neuroscience. He is currently engaged in writing two books: 1) Dance, the Body and Emotion; 2) Art and the Brain, with particular reference to emotion and movement. He continues to hope that he will be able to return to his longstanding project on the cultural history of the architecture and dance of the Pueblo peoples.

Freedberg leads the campaign to save Liberty Hall in Machiasport, Maine, a major historical building overlooking the site of the first sea battle of the American Revolution.

Professor Freedberg is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Accademia Nazionale di Agricoltura and the Istituto Veneto.

More information can be found on his CV or at his department webpage.

Video of Prof. Freedberg's plenary speech at the Renaissance Society of America Conference, 2009.


Barbara Faedda Ph.D., Associate Director
tel: (212) 854-2306
e-mail: bf2187@columbia.edu

Barbara Faedda is the Associate Director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University; she also teaches courses, in Columbia's Department of Italian, on the anthropology of contemporary Italy. She received her Ph.D. in Legal Anthropology and Social Science from the "S. Orsola Benincasa" University in Naples after studying at "La Sapienza" University of Rome, where she received her Laurea in Lettere. She has also studied at the Summer Institute of International & Comparative Law in Paris, Cornell Law School, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and at Boston University as a visiting scholar in 2002 and 2003. She is the co-author of the book Luoghi di frontiera. Antropologia delle mediazioni and the author of I mille volti della moda, and is a contributor to various books and manuscripts from Il Mulino and other publishers. Her recent publications include: "Neurolaw: come le neuroscienze potrebbero cambiare l'antropologia giuridica," in Antropologia giuridica. Etnografie e temi attuali, A. De Lauri ed., Mondadori Universita' 2013; "Emozioni e paure. Come la politica utilizza l'Altro", in Politica ed emozioni nella storia d'Italia dal 1848 ad oggi, P. Morris, F. Ricatti, M. Seymour, eds., Viella 2012; "L'immigration law statunitense," with L. Melchionna, in Regioni, Immigrazione e Diritti Sociali, E. Rossi, F. Biondi Dal Monte, M. Vrenna, eds., Scuola Superiore S. Anna of Pisa, Il Mulino 2012; and "We are not racists, but we do not want immigrants," in Integration, Globalization and Racialization: Theories and Perspectives on Immigration, J. Capetillo, G. Jacobs, P. Kretsedemas, eds., Routledge 2012. Her professional background also includes experience in an Italian high-fashion firm in Rome from 1996 to 1998 and a research interest in advertising, food, and visual culture. Dr. Faedda has lectured at "La Sapienza" University of Rome, the University of Pisa, the University of Bergamo, the Interior Ministry School of Administration, and the Department of Families and Social Policy of the Municipality of Rome. She is currently working on a manuscript on the Somali Italian minority.

Allison Jeffrey, Assistant Director
tel: (212) 854-8942
e-mail: aj211@columbia.edu

Abigail Asher, Communications and Development
tel: (212) 854-6867
e-mail: aa2481@columbia.edu

Nick Buonincontri, Operations Coordinator
tel: (212) 854-8562
e-mail: nb2413@columbia.edu

Karen DeGraffenreid, Business Manager
tel: (212) 854-4997
e-mail: kd2486@columbia.edu

Kira Stockdale, Administrative Coordinator
tel: (212) 854-4996
e-mail: ks2822@columbia.edu

Rick Whitaker, Concerts and Theater Manager
tel: (212) 854-1623
e-mail: rw2115@columbia.edu