At the invitation of Matilde Dolcetti for its 7th edition, CABINET hosts a solo exhibition of works by Kaitlin Zorah McDonough entitled Blood-snake Pomegranate. This exhibition features shaped paintings and ten unique books created during and immediately following the artist’s recent travels to Pompeii and Paestum, Italy. These works confront the archetypal imagery and forms of the serpent, the snail, the spiral, the shell as they weave with the artist’s ongoing interests in rhythm, sound, energy, and place. The paintings and books speak to the harmonics of how we move: internally and externally, seasonally and cyclically, accumulating and inflicting, receiving and transmitting. The drawing and looking which took place in the Villa of the Mysteries (Pompeii, June 2023) was visioned by Dean Graham Nickson of the New York Studio School – who comments: “the volcanology of art is the eruption of experience” – and was made possible by the generosity of the Hohenberg Foundation and many friends in Italy and the states.
CABINET is a project curated by Matilde Dolcetti, coordination Déirdre Kelly. Renowned artists are invited to make work for the 18th century cabinet and respond to the context of the Palazzo Dandolo following on the theme of the ‘ridotto’. In previous times some palaces in Venice opened rooms for musical and literary entertainment, as well as for gambling and courtesans. The term “Ridotto ” was used for a wing of Palazzo Dandolo in San Moisè, near the theatre of the same name; opened to the public in 1638, this was the first gambling casino. That of Palazzo Dandolo became famous throughout Europe and was frequented by wealthy foreigners and personalities such as Giacomo Casanova.
The seventeenth century Palazzo Dandolo at San Tomà, on the Grand Canal, belonged to another branch of the Dandolo family, at the beginning of the 1900’s it became the property of Pietro Stanislao Parisi and his heirs still live there. Several times hosting pavilions as part of the Venice Biennale, the “Ridotto” is now an Art Atelier, salon of the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, home to other events and exhibitions.
Kaitlin Zorah McDonough paints exuberant abstractions, at times incorporating objects and nontraditional supports. Her work harbors and transmits energy, sound, structure, and place. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her BFA from Boston University, Summa cum laude. McDonough’s work has been exhibited throughout Italy – in Venice, Rome, Vicenza, Bologna, Verona – and in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, Serbia, and Turkey. She is the recipient of a Hohenberg Travel Award and has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Göz Göze, Büyükada,Turkey. Kaitlin is currently Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and an Instructor at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
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Kaitlin Zorah McDonough
27 October 2023, 5 – 7 pm
Palazzo Dandolo Parisi→
Calle del Traghetto Vecchio San Polo 2879, Venice
San Tomà Vaporetto stop, lines 1 / 2