The Serving Library presents Liverpool minus Francesco Manacorda
Please join us on THURSDAY 13 JULY at 6.00 pm to hear Francesco Manacorda, in his final days as artistic director of Tate Liverpool, describe a dream exhibition he never got to make while in office involving the work of three *subtractive* Italian artists: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lara Favaretto, and Bruno Munari.
Francesco’s line of thinking extends from a print in The Serving Library’s collection of objects by British artist Will Stuart, which is based on one of Pistoletto’s “Minus Objects’ called “Struttura per parlare in piedi.” This is supposed to translate as the eminently pragmatic “Structure for talking while standing,” but the hastily misspelled version that captioned Will Stuart’s print — “Struttare per parla de piedi” — translates as a far more engimatic and potentially profound proposition: “Covering with lard in order to talk about feet.”
This sets the tone for the rest of the evening, which will be spent drinking to Francesco’s imminent subtraction from the city with the bar open and serving for a modest fee. We will then close for the rest of the summer, reopening in late September with a fresh program of events and a new set of Bulletins released both online and in a newly enlarged print edition via ROMA publications (https://www.romapublications.
The Serving Library
c/o Exhibition Research Lab
Liverpool John Moores University
John Lennon Art and Design Building
Liverpool L3 5RD, UK