MFAH Lecture: "Struck by Lightning: Giuseppe Penone and the Forces of Nature"
Curator Alison de Lima Greene introduces the work of the Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, whose Albergo folgorato (Lightning Tree) (2012) is newly installed on the South Lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Penone first received acclaim for his performance-based works in the 1960s, when he was an associate of the Arte Povera movement in Northern Italy. Over subsequent decades, he has emerged as among the most important artists working in Europe, and is celebrated world-wide for his deeply poetic meditations on nature and time.
This lecture is presented as the first of a series of Eleanor and Frank Freed Lectures devoted to modern and contemporary art in the 2014–2015 season. A reception to meet the speaker and docent-led tours follow the lecture.