Filippo Tommaso Marinetti: The Artist and His Politics, 1909-1944

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti: The Artist and His Politics, 1909-1944 explores the politics of the leader of the Futurist art movement. Emerging in Italy in 1909, Futurism sought to propel Italy into the modern world and is famously known for wanting to destroy museums and libraries in order to speed this transition. Futurism, however, also had an even darker political side. It glorified war and was closely tied to the Fascist Regime. Ernest Ialongo traces the political evolution of this one-time radical to the fervent Fascist he ultimately became.

Ernest Ialongo’s monograph on F.T. Marinetti addresses a fundamental question: How did the creator of a transformative art movement in the early twentieth-century become a leading figure in the Italian Fascist Regime, whose commitment was such that he remained loyal to the fascist cause until his death? In a carefully orchestrated argument, Ialongo masterfully addresses this question by considering the full complexity of Marinetti’s ideological formation. (Mark Antliff, Professor of Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University).

Discussing the book will be author Dr. Ernest Ialongo, Assistant Professor of History, Hostos Community College, CUNY, and Dr. Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor of 20th-Century European and American Art, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez, President, Queens College, CUNY, will offer concluding remarks.

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