Eleonora Raspi

Freelance - Art professional



About me

I am a young curator and a skilled researcher. I have a long-term experience in the visual arts environment and cultural institutions in the US, Uk and Italy as art professional.; I have just submitted my cross-disciplinary Ph.D thesis to the Royal Holloway College, University of London, with the title Redefining the auteur: Antonioni as multimedia artist, after having graduated from University of Virginia (MA in Italian Studies, 2010) and Catholic University of Milan (MA and BA in Art History, 2007 and 2005). Investigating, listening and dialoguing are at the core of my curatorial practice. I investigate the artworks, the details and the issues that arise from them; I listen to my intuitions, to the environment, the artists and the feelings that they evoke; and then, my goal is to make all these elements dialogue with each other, within a dynamic balance of languages and forms. Understanding the mission, as well as the environment, of an exhibition is a crucial step: as art historian I am guided by the aesthetic principles and inputs from the history of art; as curator, I start setting up the exhibition from its vibrant context, towards the long-term goal of interpreting, rather than objectively telling, our contemporary story. Curating is for me a methodological and intuitional quest, leading to a traumatic, yet fruitful, encounter between the artworks and the audience, and bringing to the surface both expected and unexpected issues.


  • Events
  • Art Direction
  • Exhibition
  • Project Management
  • Office
  • Photoshop
  • Very Organised
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Writing Communication

Work history


Freelance Art Professional

Pomarance Town Hall

Aug 2015
  • I am currently in the process of organising a series of screenings of Italian Cinema (8 titles) with Q.A., to be hosted and run between January-February 2016 at the Cinema Teatro Florentia, Larderello (Pisa, Italy).


Gallery Assistant

Laurent Delaye Gallery

Nov 2011 - Mar 2014
  • Assisting with the organisation and promotion of exhibitions and artists; conducting studio visits and studio inventory; researching, writing bios and critical texts; liaising with general public and visiting artists; keeping artworks and contacts database updated; developing and maintaining the gallery blog and social media platforms.


Research, Curatorial Assistant (volunteer and Part-time

Philadelphia Museum of Philadelphia

Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
  • Researching on contemporary video artists for the Dept. of Modern and Contemporary Art; updating online database and archive; assisting with projects led by curator Adelina Vlas (i.e. Live Cinema); collecting, recording and arrangement of bibliographical material for Michael Snow: Photo Centric solo show (held at the Museum between February – April 2014).


Teaching Assistant (italian Language & Culture

Saint Joseph University, Philadelphia

Aug 2010 - May 2011
  • Duties included: organising lesson plans, tutoring, preparing exams and grading.


Teaching Assistant, Preceptor (italian Language and Culture

University of Virginia

Aug 2008 - Apr 2010
  • Duties included: organising lesson plans, tutoring, preparing exams and grading. As Preceptor, I was in charge of leading staff meetings, final revision of the assessments, establishing deadlines.


Gallery Assistant


Aug 2005 - Jul 2008
  • Assisting with the events, artist/curator residencies and exhibitions | Helping the artists with their needs and projects; Grant and projects writing and fundraising; Manual handling tasks (painting, installation set up, hanging pictures, etc) | Performing opening/closing and safe procedures; Performing administrative duties.



Italian Cinema, Art History, Italian Studies

Royal Holloway College, London

Aug 2011 - Aug 2015
  • My main research interests lie in the space of interdisciplinary. Under the supervision of Dr. Giuliana Pieri and Prof. James Williams, my research is a cross-disciplinary study of Michelangelo Antonioni’s late, controversial corpus of works.


Italian Cinema, Art History, Italian Literature

University of Virginia

Aug 2008 - Apr 2010
  • Master’s Degree in Italian Studies, with a comparative thesis on Photography and Literature


Contemporary Arts Management, Contemporary and Modern History, Iconology and Iconography, Modern an

Università Cattolica del SACRO Cuore, Milan

Feb 2005 - Jun 2007
  • Laurea specialistica (MA equivalent) in Art History


History of History, European Literature, Palaeography, Lombardia Ar, History of Architecture

Università Cattolica del SACRO Cuore, Milan

Aug 2001 - Aug 2004
  • Laurea triennale (BA equivalent) in Cultural Heritage)



Lola Pelliccia Graduate Prize



  • Tuition waiver