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Study Abroad in Rome with Fordham!

Spend your Summer in Rome, Italy

Join us on the Fordham Rome Athenaeum program for an adventurous month exploring the beauty, charm, and history of Rome. Situated in the Prati district, the Fordham program is located at St. John’s University’s Rome campus which is close to the Vatican and other historic sites. Students enjoy ultramodern facilities within a historic setting — high-tech classrooms with old-world architectural details; a computer lab with 11 workstations; a wireless broadband network; single, double and triple student residences; and a landscaped courtyard. This is an excellent opportunity to practice your Italian language skills, immerse yourself in local culture, and truly allow Rome to become your classroom!

Start your Application Now for the March 1 Deadline

Rome Athenaeum

Fordham University offers an array of short-term summer course options in Rome:VART 3500: Documentary Photography: Italy

This intensive class will introduce you to the basic and advanced techniques of image production with a major emphasis on generating documentary projects directly relating to the people, architecture, and culture of Italy. The cosmopolitan city of Rome, rich with artistic history, will serve as the source for our photographic explorations, as well as the catalyst for discussions addressing the historical significance of the documentary impulse. Our studies and production will take us from exhibitions in progressive contemporary art galleries, to the ancient architecture of the Colosseum as we utilize the wealth of visual stimuli as a resource, as well as a backdrop against which to critically discuss the strategies that documentarians utilize in communicating their interests. This course fulfills the Fine Arts core.

ARHI 3316: Art and Architecture of Rome

This course will examine the art, architecture and culture of Rome over the various epochs of the city’s history: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, and Modern. Rome once ruled the entire Mediterranean world, and its cultural legacy looms large in Western civilization. During the day Rome will be our classroom as we experience first hand the art, architecture, and culture of four epochs of the city’s history through the lens of its monuments. Indoor class time will be minimal and our primary mode of exploration will be site visits. This course fulfills the Fine Arts Core.

THEA 2750: Performing Italian

Acting is an exciting way to learn a language because one’s need to master the language is motivated by the desire to inhabit the imaginary circumstances created by great playwrights. Students will explore structure and grammar, and expand their vocabulary by reading, writing, and speaking in a full-immersion mode in Italian. The project will be enhanced by trips to Roman theatres.

Visit our site for full course descriptions, prerequisites, and to apply.



Pricing for summer programs can be found under “Cost and Funding” online.

The program runs from June 1 – June 30.

Applications are due March 1.

Sous les paves, the Beach! an Urbanism Classroom “Fordham Square” ?>

Sous les paves, the Beach! an Urbanism Classroom “Fordham Square”


Sous les paves, the Beach!
an Urbanism Classroom
“Fordham Square”

Nov 4th – Dec 3rd
The Lipani Gallery
Fordham College Lincoln Center
113 W 60th Street, NYC NY 10023

Presented in this exhibition is work by students and faculty over the last few years in the fields of urban, architectural, landscape, and interior design. Projects include:

A Seminar Room of black, chrome & glass furnishings: collections of FU TDAR & Grinker Cathcart
Koreatown Mini-Hotel: the senior project of Sean Rowden, BA AIAS (FCRH’14 Urban Studies; Sean was the 2nd president of FuAIAS).

Fordham Square, UWS NYC, Alex Truica AIAS MArch (Pratt exp’17), Liz Davis AIAS, Bala Strivistava AIAS, Julie Norris, Claire Mardian AIAS BA FCLC’16 (Claire was the 4th secretary of FuAIAS), Shay xxx AIAS, Ari AIAS, etc.

Solar II at Stuyvesant Cove, Manhattan (2001- 2017) by Colin Murray Cathcart AIA et al;
Tower models designed and made by students of VART 2050 – Architectural Design
Urban comparisons and observations by URST 5040 – Urbanism. Spring of 2017 Fordham Lincoln Center.

Waterfront Post Sandy (2009 – 2015) Prof. Denisha Williams, her students and colleagues.
Women Urbanists: gallery labels by students of VART 2070 – Architectural Design, including one by Brianna Providence AIAS, BA (exp May 2017. Brianna was the 4th president of FuAIAS).

UnderPants zine release party and screening of Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, 2014 ?>

UnderPants zine release party and screening of Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, 2014


Flew the Coop
Vincent Stracquadanio and Amie Cunat

October 12 – November 1, 2017
UnderPants zine release party and screening of Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, 2014
Tuesday, October 31, 6-8PM

The Lipani Gallery
Fordham University at Lincoln Center MAP
113 West 60th Street at Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023
The galleries are open from 9am to 9pm everyday except on university holidays

The Visual Arts Department of Fordham University is pleased to announce, Flew the Coop, a two-person exhibition of new paintings by Vincent Stracquadanio and Amie Cunat. The opening reception will be held at the gallery on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 in the evening. The artists will also host a launch reception for their zine edition, Underpants. The zine includes a series of collaborative drawings by Cunat and Stracquadanio. The originals drawings are exhibited on the gallery’s project wall.

Focusing on thematic overlaps within their respective work, the exhibition addresses the artists’ reflection on empty sites where humanity Flew the Coop, and only what is displayed through painting remains. As a result, the viewer becomes a participant in this larger narrative by looking, searching and finding the idiosyncrasies and humor implicit in the artists’ work.

Cunat’s wall painting The birds of tin covers the gallery walls with an ashen landscape reminiscent of Bowser’s haunted castle and fish tank props of ruined civilizations. Its horizon line circumnavigates the gallery interior dipping and rising according to Stracquadanio’s canvas works. While Cunat addresses an exterior scape, Stracquadanio’s paintings describe a range of richly decorated, baroque interiors. Stracquadanio constructs the paintings as if the viewer is positioned as if peering into a space. In Myth Ray Um #1, you are situated to peer upwards at a vast ceiling depicting vegetation, figures, and mountain ranges. In other paintings, you feel as if you are walking along a corridor or peeking through a window-like vacancy.

Stracquadanio’s paintings resemble architectural spaces comprised of visual references to the artist’s personal history. His sources range from the patterning on Sicilian ceramics, the narratives depicted through paintings inside his neighborhood Catholic church, the fig trees in his parent’s back yard in Queens, and to a pizza box from a local restaurant in New Haven. Although the work alludes to biographical experiences, the artist also wishes to maintain a sense of mystery or the indeterminate in a painting’s narrative. He compares his work to the experience of visiting a Mithraeum ruin (a meeting place for an ancient Roman cult dedicated to a Persian deity named Mithras). Throughout Europe, Mithraeum ruins all share the same visual iconography—such as a man adorned with a floppy hat sacrificing a bull or a man being born from a large boulder. A visitor may try to infer their own connections or associations from these cues in service of a larger story, but their true meanings are uncertain.

Cunat’s work reveals parallels between abstraction and perception through paintings and installation. What began as an observation becomes a painterly image that is of the original experience. Recently the artist has been drawing various churches or buildings in her Lower Manhattan neighborhood, then translating these sites into site responsive wall paintings. The once structural buildings adopt biomorphic tendencies in the paintings, and their contours bend as if their frames have been pulled out, leaving behind the suggestion of a jelly-like skin sagging from its own weight. Other forms maintain a sense of buoyancy and appear to sway with a larger atmospheric force that pushes this imagined landscape into contorted positions.

Vincent Stracquadanio (b. Queens, NY) earned an MFA from Yale University and a BA from Fordham University. He has exhibited his paintings at Field Projects (NY), Green Hall Gallery (CT), Trestle Gallery (NY), Public Address (NY) and ArtHelix (NY). He is the recipient of the First Year Gamblin Paint Award in addition to the James Storey Memorial Visual Arts Award. He lives and works in New York, NY.

Amie Cunat (b. McHenry, IL) received an MFA from Cornell University, Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Dual BA in Visual Arts and Art History from Fordham University. Her recent exhibitions include The Clock is Taking a Nap. at Knockdown Center (NY), Curtains at This Friday or next Friday (NY), Hideout at Wave Hill (NY), and Clue, Cue at Foley Gallery (NY). She has participated in numerous residencies including The Studios at MASS MoCA (MA) and Guttenberg Art STAR Program (NJ). She lives and works in New York, NY.

Both artists are Fordham University Alumni and currently teach Painting and Drawing in the Visual Arts Department.

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Summer 2018 Documentary Photography Rome

Dear all potential photographers/world travelers,
Enrollment for the Summer 2018 Documentary Photography Rome class is about to start for the University; however, priority is given to Visual Arts Majors & Minors. Feel free to reach out by email with any questions, or to schedule a meeting to go over the class details. Enrollment is limited, so don’t wait if you are interested in going to Rome this summer!
 The application link is here.
An example of a recent student Italy book can be seen here.

2018 Documentary Photography Rome Poster