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This exhibit showcases the incredible wealth of Italy’s cultural heritage as seen through the lenses of some of the most prominent Italian photographers, including Gabriele Basilico, Olivo Barbieri, Mimmo Jodice and Raffaela Mariniello. With 58 selected areas, Italy is now home to the largest number of UNESCO world heritage sites.

After being exhibited in various international venues since 2006, the UNESCO ITALY collection was acquired by ICCD, the Institute of the Italian Ministry of Culture which maintains the largest public collection of photographs in Italy, and it is now touring the United States with stops in Washington DC, Los Angeles and New York City.






Date and time: Thursday, September 21 | 6 – 9  pm PST

Venue: Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles

6:00– 7:00 pm  Panel Discussion
7:00 – 9:00 pm  Opening Reception


Panel discussion with Francesca Fabiani, Exhibit Curator and Head of Contemporary Photograph at the ICCD; Sandra Phillips, Curator Emeritus of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Maristella Casciato, Senior Curator and Head of Architectural Collections at the Getty Research Institute. Moderated by: Emily Pugh, Principal Research Specialist for Digital Art History at the Getty Research Institute.


*Due to space constrains, only a limited number of reservations are available to attend the panel discussion.
Tickets to the panel discussion will also be valid for the opening reception.
Guests with a reservation for only the opening reception will be admitted starting 7pm.



Francesca Fabiani
Head of Contemporary Photography, ICCD in Rome

Francesca FabianiA Museum’s Curator and Conservator and Contemporary Art Historian focused on Photography, she is currently in charge of Contemporary Photography Projects at ICCD, the Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation, part of the Italian Ministry of Culture in Rome. From 2003 to 2015 as Curator of Photography and Head of Photography Collection at MAXXI, the National Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome, she was in charge of exhibitions, research projects and acquisitions, starting the Collection from the very beginning. For two years (2015-2017) she was in charge of Special Projects on Photography at the Department for Contemporary Art of the Ministry of Culture, developing programs on a national scale.

Since 1989 she has curated/organized more than 85 exhibitions  for both private and public institutions including Biennale di Venezia, Festival di Spoleto,  CIVA, Bruxelles; Académie de France à Rome, Institut Culturel Italien de Paris; Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo; Centro Culturale Recoleta de Buenos Aires, Accademia di Francia_Villa Medici, Centro RossPhoto in Saint Petersburg, and MMAM in Moscow.
She has edited many catalogues, and written essays and articles. She has participated in conferences and given lectures on issues related to landscape photography, public commissions, photography and institutions, photography heritage, copyright at institutions and events like Università di Roma III, CSAC in Parma, IUAV in Venice, British School in Rome, MUFOCO in Cinisello Balsamo, PhotoLux in Lucca, and Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia. She has been member of Juries and Committees such as The Prix Carmignac in Paris, Photo London, Prix Pictet in London,  Visible White Photo Prize, Premio Fondazione Fotografia, Modena and Gabriele Basilico International Award, Milan. She has participated in Committees and Working Groups such as the one for the MAXXI museum, the Technical Secretariat of the Strategic Development Plan for Photography in Italy, the Census of Photographic Collections in Italy and others. She is member of the Scientific Committe of the SISF_Società Italiana per lo Studio della Fotografia and she teaches Photography Curatorial Studies at Fondazione Fotografia in Modena.

Sandra Phillips
Senior Curator of Photography Emerita, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Sandra S. Phillips was the Curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 1987 until 2016. (SFMOMA), when she was designated Curator Emerita of Photography.  She joined the museum as curator of photography and was promoted to Senior Curator in 1999 in acknowledgement of her considerable contributions to SFMOMA.  A photographic historian and former curator at the Vassar College Art Gallery in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Phillips succeeded Van Deren Coke as head of one of the country’s most active departments of photography. Over her long tenure she organized many major exhibitions, of which numerous have accompanying catalogues and have traveled internationally. Under her direction the Department of Photography has presented exhibitions examining the nature of the medium, the traditions of photography not only in the West but also in the Pacific Rim (as well as other traditions) and has reexamined the careers of numerous important photographers. She is currently working on an online catalogue of the museum’s Japanese collection. She is  now completing a book (originally scheduled to be an exhibition at SFMOMA), called American Geography,  to be published by Radius Books in 2020 about how land has been used in this country in the 19th century, and how it is used today.
More recently, she has been working with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive as an adjunct curator of photography on several exhibitions.
Beyond these activities, Phillips has authored or coauthored many books and articles, including catalogues for museum publications, as well as significant essays in other catalogues or in such periodicals as Art in America and History of Photography, among others.  Phillips received a BA in art and art history from Bard College in 1967 and an MA in art history from Bryn Mawr College in 1969, and earned her Ph.D in art history from the City University of New York, specializing in history of photography and American and European art, 1849-1940. In 2000 she was a Resident at the American Academy in Rome and the recipient of a grant from the Japan Foundation to study Japanese photography in Japan.

Maristella Casciato
Senior Curator, Head of Architectural Collections at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles

Maristella Casciato During her tenure she has been responsible for major acquisitions such as Frank Gehry Papers, 1954–1988; the archives of Paul R. Williams, and of Brenda Levin. She has co-curated exhibitions at the GRI, including The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930 (2017), and Bauhaus Beginnings (2019). Casciato was awarded a Fulbright grant (1992), a INHA fellowship (2004), and a Graham Foundation Publication grant (2016). From 2008 to 2010 she has been the chair of Docomomo International. At the Canadian Centre for Architecture she was the Mellon Senior Fellow (2010) prior to being appointed associate director of research. Among her most recent publications: The Metropolis in Latin America 1830–1930. Cityscapes, Photographs, Debates, co-edited with I. Alonso (2021) and Rethinking Global Modernism. Architectural Historiography and the Postcolonial, co-edited with V. Prakash and D. E. Coslett (2022). Her new book, including the facsimile reprint of Le Corbusier Album Punjab, is forthcoming  in the fall 2023 (Lars Müller, Zurich). Casciato has been nominated 2023 Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians

Emily Pugh
Principal Research Specialist for Digital Art History at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles

Emily PughEmily Pugh received her PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, where she focused on both postwar architecture and digital humanities. Since 2014, Pugh has led the Digital Art History department at the Getty Research Institute, overseeing research activities of projects including PhotoTech, a project to focused on art-historical photo archives. Her expertise within digital art history centers on the digital media of art history and its related infrastructures, which encompasses the digitization of physical materials, 3D scanning, and computer vision. She leads a biannual summer seminar titled “The Art-Historical Image in the Digital Age,” which interrogates the history of imaging technologies and their influence on art history through visits to photographic archives in Rome and Florence.

  • Organized by: ICCD with the Italian Cultural Institutes of New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles