Raffaele Bedarida

Assistant Professor of Art History

Raffaele Bedarida holds a PhD from the Art History Department of the CUNY Graduate Center, New York as well as MA and BA degrees in Art History from the Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy. He is an art historian and curator specializing in art, politics, and cultural diplomacy between Europe and America.

His publications have focused on Italian Modernism from Futurism to Arte Povera in the international context. Since 2008, when he founded and curated the residency program Harlem Studio Fellowship in New York, he has actively promoted programs of international exchange for emerging artists. In addition to his academic and curatorial activities, Bedarida has regularly lectured on modern and contemporary art topics at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and MoMA.

After three years as an adjunct, Bedarida joined Cooper Union full-time faculty in September 2016.

Recent Publications:

"Bombs Against the Skyscrapers: Depero's Strange Love Affair with New York, 1928-1949,” in International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, vol. 6 (2016), pp. 43-70.

“Salvatore Scarpitta: ‘Mr. In Between,’ in Salvatore Scarpitta 1956-1964 (New York: Luxembourg & Dayan, 2016), pp. 8-12.

“The Closest Ally: MoMA and the Promotion of European Art beyond New York, 1952-1954,” in Germano Celant, ed., Emilio Vedova, De America (Geneva-Milan: Skira, in press).

Corrado Cagli. Gli Anni Americani (1937-1947), monograph (Rome: Donzelli, in press).

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