Museum Meetings consist of a series of conversations dedicated to various aspects of art and museums, including art history, photography, anthropology, collecting, curation, techniques and media, conservation, and the role of museums and archives in society today. It originates in the Acton Collection at Villa La Pietra and expands to other art spaces in Florence and Italy. It is designed to attract a multidisciplinary group of students, not just those studying art or art history. All the meetings are conceived as discussions and envisage an active participation. Francesca Baldry, Collection Manager at Villa La Pietra, organizes the meetings and welcomes suggestions from students.


Program Spring 2024

Monday, January 22, 6:00 – 7:30 PM (Villa Sassetti)
Making the Most of Your Time on a Tuscan Villa Estate
An introduction to Villa La Pietra, the Tuscan Villa Estate that is home to NYU Florence, and the opportunites that are planned for the semester. Francesca Baldry and Nick Dakin Elliot.
In collaboration with Terra Firma Firenze

Thursday, February 1, 12:00 – 1:15 PM (Villa La Pietra)
(Light lunch included)
From a Family Collection to a House Museum.
Tour and discussion

Tuesday, February 6, 1:30 – 2:30 PM (Villa La Pietra)
In the Age of Instagram, Describing Works of Art

Wednesday, February 14, 12:00 – 1:30 PM (Villa La Pietra)
(Light lunch included)
“I Care!”
Interactive tour of the Art Collection

Tuesday, February 27, 6:00 – 7:30 PM (Villa Sassetti)
An Evening Dedicated to Sir Harold Acton with a Cup of Tea
(Tea and cookies to follow)

Friday, March 1, all day
Field Trip to Milan: Exhibition on Francisco Goya, “The Rebellion of Reason”
In collaboration with OSL

Wednesday, March 6, 12:30 – 1:45 PM (Villa La Pietra)
(Light lunch included)
Growing Up at the Villa Workshop
In collaboration with NYU Florence‘s Researcher, Lisa Cesarani

Friday, March 8, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Visit to the Innocenti Museum and the Alphonse Mucha Exhibition

Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 – 7:30 PM (Villa Sassetti)
Mandami una cartolina…
Seminar in presence and online with NYU Florence Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 students; NYU Florence Faculty Scott Palmer and Alessandra Capodacqua; and Centrica Imagine More. Other guests tba.

Tuesday, March 26, 12:00 – 1:15 PM (Villa La Pietra)
(Light lunch included)
Visit to the Conservation Studio
Claudia Beyer and Costanza Perrone Da Zara, Textile Conservators, Francesca Spagnoli and Stefano Pasolini, Objects Conservators

Thursday, April 4, 1:30 – 2:45 PM (Villa La Pietra)
Antiquity in a Renaissance Panel: Its Theme, Function, and Appreciation
In collaboration with Phoebe Price, NYU Florence Student, and Silvia Giorgi, NYU Florence Faculty

Monday, April 8, 6:00 – 7:30 PM (Villa La Pietra)
A Conversation on Collecting Contemporary Art
With Carole Biagiotti and Christian Levett

Monday, April 15, 5:00 – 7:00 PM (Villa La Pietra)
Opening of “Growing Up at the Villa” Exhibition
Followed by a roundtable with NYU Florence Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 students

Friday, May 24, full day (Villa Sassetti)
Harold Acton (1904-1994)
Anniversary Conference
Speakers tba


Dates and times are subject to change. Check e-mails and notices for updates.
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