Ilaria Gianni

Ilaria Gianni is a curator and art writer. After receiving an undergraduate degree and postgraduate degree in art history from the Sapienza Università di Roma she obtained an M.F.A. in curating at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Between 2009 and 2016 she was a cofounding director and curator of Nomas Foundation, where she was responsible for the artistic programming including onsite and offsite exhibitions, seminars, lectures, workshops, residencies, and publications. She is the cofounder and curator of the independent not-for-profit exhibition event GRANPALAZZO, which, since 2015, hosts exhibitions in noble palaces in the Roman countryside; and cofounder of the Magic Lantern Film Festival, a semiannual, research-based, thematic investigation of the intersection between visual art and cinema. In recent years, Gianni has curated a number of exhibitions and independent research-based projects in museums, project spaces, art institutions, and galleries.

Gianni holds the position of adjunct professor of art at the John Cabot University, Rome; is a lecturer in the Master of Art Program at the University Luiss Guido Carli, Rome; in the Curatore Museale e di Eventi class at the Istituto Europeo del Design, Rome; and at Cornell in Rome. She has contributed texts to numerous art catalogs and has collaborated with magazines such as Domus, NERO, Lo Specchio+, Circa, Flash Art, Arte e Critica, cura, Psiche, and Artforum.

Classes (Selected)

  • ART 3102 Contemporary Rome SeminarIntroduces students to contemporary art in Rome through studio visits, gallery exhibitions, and museum collections. Lectures by artists, critics, and others. Traces art from idea to realization and explores the gallery and its relationship to artists and to promotion of art, the role of the art critic and museum, and art collecting.
  • ART 3902 International Professional Practice/InternshipStudents gain practical professional experience in international cultural settings that include museums, galleries, artist studios, and public art programs. Students may work on curatorial projects, assist an artist in the studio, assist with daily gallery operation, participate in museum management, and collaborate on the daily activities of a contemporary art specialist. Students meet weekly with academic instructor and 6-8 hours per week internship placement.