Adelita Husni-Bey: exhibition, lecture, and seminar

Milan, Italy
09 Apr 2016 - 18 Apr 2016

Adelita Husni-Bey: exhibition, lecture, and seminar

Adelita Husni-Bey, Drawing set for the classroom, 2016. Courtesy the artist.

the classroom, a new center of art and education based in Milan,  launches its activity with a program running on April 9 through 18 in Milan. The first invited artist Adelita Husni-Bey (Italy and Lybia, 1985, lives and works in New York) presents a solo show at the center, a course seminar hosted at Bocconi University and a public lecture on arts and educational practices at Triennale Milano.

the classroom is a new center of art and education based in Milan. The project focuses on the production of a series of courses of history and theory of arts taught by artists. In each course the artist is invited to teach and to design his or her own classroom, turning the space of learning into a crafted site of production.

The courses are free, open to students coming from any academic area (undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, PhD) and provide for the recognition of credits in agreement with the universities involved. The classes are mixed and organized according to a selection process determined by the artist who will examine each submission. Within these spaces, it thus becomes possible to redefine the relationship between teaching and learning, artistic practices and historical context, teachers, mentors and students.

During the course term, the classroom will open its doors to the city in conjunction with a public event, making it a public arena and a place accessible to all.

Housed in a former school building that from 1972 to 2011 contained one of the Montessori Schools of Milan, the classroom operates in collaboration with the universities and cultural centers and figures interested in the relationship between art and educational practices.

The initiative sets out to bring artists into the core discourse of the history of arts, encouraging the individual production of paths and methods of study. Its mission is to work on the role of the history of arts as the basis of various paths of training, and on the dynamics by which histories are written, transmitted and spread.

For more information about attending the classroom program please contact the center at

the classroom is a project founded by Paola Nicolin with Giulia Mainetti and Giovanna Silva.

The program conceived by Adelita Husni-Bey is made possible with support from Altofragile, ASK Center – Bocconi University, CAP (Contemporary Art Projects), Humboldt books, Galleria LaVeronica, Modica, Media Arts, Massimo Buffetti family, Museo d’arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa, Nctm e l’arte, University of Milan – Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment.

The lecture is in memory of Italian art collector and manager Massimo Buffetti who has been supporting art research and production in Milan and abroad.


Exhibition: April 9–11, 2016
the classroom
via Porpora, 81


Course seminar: April 11–18
Bocconi University
Openside room
via Roentgen 1


Public lecture: April 17
Triennale Milano
Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6


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