Curator Daniele Di Lodovico brings his exhibit, Suitcase, to the Jacob Lawrence Gallery Dec. 7-18. The exhibit is his way of combining his travels, love of art and affable personality in the form of small works from a globally diverse selection of artists.
Di Lodovico began the work in 2005, with the intention of bringing together 100 artists — 10 artists from 10 different countries around the world. The project was founded as a unique method of getting to know new places, people and cultures through art and artists and then publicly recount this journey through the diversity of contemporary art.
Now, five years after its first exhibition in New York, which included 20 artists from two countries, this Suitcase will reach its culmination at the gallery by exhibiting the work of 100 artists from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, and the United States. It is the end of a journey that illustrates that the universality of artistic production creates a unique bond between disparate places and people.
Di Lodovico holds a degree in Medieval Art from the University of Perugia and an M.A. in Italian Studies from the UW. Along with Suitcase, he has curated the exhibition VerSaniSibillini. nel sacro exploring how contemporary artists tackle the issue of devotion.
There will be an opening reception for the exhibit from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. The Jacob Lawrence Gallery is located in the north corner of the Art Building on the first floor. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon-4 p.m. All events at the Gallery are free and open to the public. For more information call 206-685-1805.