An exhibition of photographs by Emanuela Gardner, entitled “Roma,” is currently on display at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 W. 12th Street, through March 16, 2007. The exhibition, curated by Isabella del Frate-Rayburn, presents a new look at an ancient city - in Gardner’s “Roma” there is no traffic, no street signs, no garbage bags; it is just a landscape photographed as if it were a portrait.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information call 212.998.3851.
Gardner, born and raised in Rome, studied philosophy at the University of Rome and in 1981 came to New York and joined the Art Students League, where she studied painting. An assignment from Italian Vogue led to the beginning of her career as a portrait photographer: she has photographed Jeff Koons, Raul Julia, Carl Bernstein, Leo Castelli, and Walter Cronkite. Aside from her portrait work, Gardner has an extensive body of work as a landscape photographer and has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, and Rome.
Francesca Slovin says of her work: “Mainly a portraitist, Emanuela Gardner depicts landscape as a human face, with all its gamut of expressions and imperceptible nuances of sensibility Through her eyes, we are able to imagine Rome as the eternal city’ as it was once: the city of emperors, popes, and artists.”