Oct 30th 2018

Poetry & Place: Edith Farnsworth

Poetry & Place: Edith Farnsworth

Part 1: Poetry & Place: Edith Farnsworth and Italy
Thursday, December, 6 |  6-8 pm

Italian Institute of Culture, 500 N Michigan Ave (Suite 1450)

Although Edith Farnsworth is generally known as the patron behind one of the 20th century’s most celebrated buildings – the Farnsworth House designed by Mies van der Rohe – much less is known about her work as a poet and translator of Italian poetry. The Farnsworth House is partnering with a select group of Chicago cultural institutions to focus on this lesser-known aspect of Edith Farnsworth’s life.

The evening will begin with a poetry reading (in Italian and English) from "Provisional Conclusions - A Selection of the Poetry of Eugenio Montale", translated by Edith Farnsworth. Alex Beam (Journalist at The Boston Globe and author of a forthcoming biography of Edith Farnsworth) will then discuss Edith Farnsworth’s lifelong love of Italy and her relationship with the poet, Montale.


Program

Introductions:
Alberta Lai (Italian Institute of Culture)
Michelangelo Sabatino (IIT College of Architecture)

Selected poetry reading in Italian by Silvia Lorenzini Sbrana (ItalCultura) and English by Larry Garner (De Paul University) from "Provisional Conclusions - A Selection of the Poetry of Eugenio Montale" (translated into English by Edith Farnsworth)

Presentation on Edith Farnsworth in Italy by Alex Beam (Journalist at The Boston Globe and author of upcoming bio on Edith Farnsworth)

Discussion & Refreshments

Farnsworth House, 2018 | Arina Dähnick

Partner institutions: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, IIT College of Architecture, The Mies van der Rohe Society (IIT), Farnsworth House Historic Site (National Trust for Historic Preservation), The Poetry Foundation, The Newberry Library