Sunday, May 17, 2015
1:00 PM in the Slater Auditorium
For over 125 years Giovanni “Cico” Luchini (Lugini), an Italian immigrant from Lucca, has been credited with installing and finishing the Slater Memorial Museum’s initial plaster cast collection. While reams of information exist about the men who selected and financed the collection, the identities of those who physically assembled it have long faded with memory.
Who was Cico? Where did he learn his craft? How did he end up in Norwich at the Slater Museum? Research to answer those questions exposed nothing. Like a phantom, his trail was cold. Despite the obvious proof of his handiwork in our cast collection, it was as if Cico never existed.
Join us as we reveal how a year-long investigation solved a case of mistaken identity, involved national and international scholars, and ultimately restored dignity to a man who built a legacy. This fascinating program will, finally, tell Cico’s story and include a presentation by Alan Wallach, Professor of Art and Art History at the College of William and Mary and author of Exhibiting Contradiction, Essays on the Art Museum in the United States and Robert Shure, acclaimed sculptor and cast-conservator. Free. Reception and book-signing to follow.