Italian Art Museum Features Works by Mills Studio Art Professor

Oakland, CA—April 03, 2017

The Morandi Museum in Bologna, Italy opened an exhibition by Mills College Studio Art Professor Catherine Wagner this month, featuring 21 photos inspired by works of the late Italian painter Giorgio Morandi.

The exhibit, In Situ: Traces of Morandi, opened March 24 and runs through September. Morandi, who died in 1964, was famous for still life paintings of simple household objects like bottles, bowls, vases and flowers. Wagner’s photographic take on his work uses the same objects to create “new compositions through repetition and the ephemeral nature of shadows,” according to a museum promotional statement on the exhibit.

Wagner has taught undergraduate and graduate art classes at Mills College for 39 years. Her works are in the collections of The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

At Mills, Wagner’s professional interests include photography, art and science, conceptual art, contemporary art philosophy and public art.