Learning Tuscany 2019: In Plato’s Cave

Fieldwork Projects

September 20 – October 4, 2019

man with baby in Italy

Ashley Grossman, I Think Your Baby is Baroque-n, 2019.

In Plato’s Cave presents photographs made during the six-week Learning Tuscany summer study abroad program. Informed by an intensive art history curriculum, students created photographs as a means to visually investigate the role of pilgrimage in contemporary Italy.

The concept of pilgrimage has been central to photography since the medium’s invention. With the advancement of technology and the democratization of travel, people all over the world were traveling to society’s most cherished monuments to not only see them for themselves but to photograph them and share them—to use photographic representation to transform that place into a commodity. Instead of simply reproducing the same images we’ve all seen countless times, students used photography to interrogate how today’s global world thinks about and interacts with historical western spaces.

This exhibition is organized by Ann Johns, Art History Faculty, and Eli Durst, Studio Art Faculty.

About Fieldwork Projects

Fieldwork projects are dynamic collaborations between faculty and students in the Department of Art and Art History. They take on a range of forms, from exhibitions and pop-up studios to lectures, workshops, and critiques. Fieldwork projects enable students and faculty to bring the ideas and processes developed in the classroom into the public sphere.