All Paths Lead to Rome. Establishing an Italian American Archive of the Visual Arts of the late 1950s and early 1960s


Laura Blandino
University of Turin

All Paths Lead to Rome.
Establishing an Italian American Archive of the Visual Arts
of the late 1950s and early 1960s

This paper examines the role Rome played in the 1950s as an important outpost for the development of a distinct art scene, where the American and the Italian experience had the opportunity to blend with the artists gathering and sharing innovative ideas. It is a part of an ongoing research and it presents and sums up the early stage of the project which focuses mostly on archival sources and interviews with the central figures of this period. This paper, in particular, follows some of the members of this tran-Atlantic community, focusing in particular on the art galleries that fostered an international dialogue. Above all, this paper addresses the fundamental questions concerning whether this period could be considered as an “archive” of Italian and American art. It aims at demonstrating that, though not altogether free from contradictions and misconceptions, the period under study was very fertile in terms of the results of cross-cultural experience.


1950s; Rome; post-war art; Trans-Atlantic art scene; archive Trans-Atlantic experience; Milton Gendel; American Art; Italian Art

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Published : 2017-11-30

BlandinoL. (2017). All Paths Lead to Rome. Establishing an Italian American Archive of the Visual Arts of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Review of International American Studies, 10(2). Retrieved from

Laura Blandino
Università degli Studi di Torino  Italy

Laura Blandino earned her PhD in Art history at the University of Torino. She studied art history at the nd she also has a master degree in American Studies. Her research focuses on American art and on the trans-Atlantic artistic and cultural exchange. She is the author of Edward Hopper Racconto Americano (Cartman Edizioni, Torino, 2014). She collaborates with the University of Torino, where she teaches a seminar in American art at the Master in American studies programme. Her current research focuses on the Italian American art scene of the 1950s.

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