“Le Macchine, Gli Dei e I Fantasmi”
(Machines, Gods and Ghosts)

Curated by Ludovico Pratesi
Musei Capitolini, Centrale Montemartini Museo
Rome, Italy
October 9 - november 20 2013

Machines, Gods and Ghosts is an exhibition by the American artist Patricia Cronin conceived specially for the Engine Room of Rome’s Centrale Montemartini. Summoning phantoms of her own, the artist expands upon the already spectral dialogue between the classical sculptures on view and the industrial archaeology of the exhibition space.

The exhibition presents six works by the artist consisting of watercolor images printed on lightweight silk panels, which move and flutter in the space’s gently circulating air. Ghost-like, the images conjure the lost sculptures of the American Neoclassical artist Harriet Hosmer, (1830-1908), whose best known extant monuments include the Tomb of Judith Falconer (1987), located in the Roman church of Sant’Andrea della Fratte. Inserted into the context of the Centrale’s Engine Room, Cronin’s apparitions acquire a paradoxical monumentality—materially slight yet conceptually substantial-in terms of both their spatial and symbolic relationships with the ancient sculptures on display, from the Torso of the Combatant to the Hestia.

Entitled Ghosts, the works are ethereal representation poised between abstraction and figuration. Like ectoplasm, the physical vestige of the paranormal, they evoke not only the spirits of the Roman sculptures but also those of the laborers who once worked in the power plant, as if to suggest a hypothetical and symbolic bridge between the ancient and the contemporary, between the history of art and industry.

-Ludovico Pratesi

Installation Views













"Patricia Cronin Confronts the Present with the Past"
National Trust for Historic Preservation | February 17 2014

"patricia cronin alla centrale montemartini: incorporee figure"
art a part of cult(ure) | November 20 2013

"I fantasmi di Patricia Cronin alla Centrale Montemartini"
Il Messaggero | November 11 2013

"Patricia Cronin: presenze e assenze"
Artribune | November 9 2013

"Patricia Cronin - Le Macchine, gli dei e i Fantasmi"e
exibart | November 8 2013

"Patricia Cronin and the Ghosts of Rome Past"
American Acedemy In Rome | October 22 2013

"In mostra Patricia Cronin Con sei opera monumentali"
la Repubblica | October 14 2013

"Neoclassico : Le Macchine, Gli Dei, I Fantasmi"
IO Donna | October 12 2013

"Dedicato a te, Harriet Hosmer"
Corriere Della Sera | October 11 2013

"Omaggio alla Hosmer di Patricia Cronin"
Corriere Della Sera | October 7 2013