Chris Bennett, Assistant Professor of Art History/Contemporary Art at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is an art historian who specializes in European, American, and global art since 1945. His current research includes a book project focused on Italy in the 1960s and a number of the artists associated with the Arte Povera group. Around 2008 he was part of a wave of scholarship on Arte Povera that aimed to draw attention, vis-à-vis past approaches, to this art’s more self-consciously ambiguous, contradictory, and/or paradoxical dimensions, and, more recently, he has contributed to new theorizations of painting in Rome in the 1960s or the Piazza del Popolo School, including the production of Mario Schifano, Renato Mambor, Giosetta Fioroni, and Franco Angeli. He has held prestigious research fellowships including a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2005-06 and a year-long residential fellowship at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles in 2006-07. In addition to pursuing art historical scholarship he has curated a number of exhibitions including a full-scale show of the work of Alighiero Boetti at the UCLA Fowler Museum in Los Angeles in 2012 and, at the Hilliard Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, tandem exhibitions of the art of Yun-Fei Ji and Sandra Eula Lee (2016-17).
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