Session at 3rd joint conference of the American Association for Italian Studies and the American Association of Teachers of Italian

The question of national identity continues to underpin the trajectory of Italian art and design long after the counter-nationalism surrounding the end of World War II. Nearly fifty years after MoMA’s survey, ‘Italy: The New Domestic Landscape,’ a pluralistic conception of the arts and an international outlook have continued to agitate notions of national belonging. With an eye to the upcoming ‘Radical: Italian Design 1965-1985’ exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this session poses questions related to the notion of anti-nationalist bias in Italian art and design and the flailing possibility of national identity in the twenty-first century.