Schmidt’s Photography Exhibition


Vivien Schmidt, Director of the Center for the Study of Europe at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, will be the featured artist in a new photography exhibition opening this week.

“Vivien Schmidt’s Landscapes,” a special exhibition held and organized by the Italian Consulate of Boston, will have its grand opening on Jan. 20. The show collects some of Schmidt’s extensive body of photographic studies of the landscapes and cityscapes of Europe.

From the text of the exhibition announcement:

Vivien Schmidt’s landscapes serve as evocations of place and time, and are intended to bring to mind artists’ renderings over the ages. In some cases, these images are post-photographic, with the re-imaging process akin to stripping away layers of old paint to uncover the masterpiece hidden beneath. But here, the artist strips away layers of the real landscape to reveal artists’ depictions of places that seem familiar.

Schmidt was born in New York, lived in Milan from ages 8 to 16, and now divides her time between Boston and Paris. Schmidt’s earliest education in art and photography began in Italy, through museums as well as her stepfather, a consultant engineer and an avid black and white photographer. She has exhibited widely in Europe and the US.

The exhibition opening ceremony is open to the public. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Italian Consulate of  Boston, 600 Atlantic Avenue. To register for the event, click here.

You can view more of Schmidt’s photography here.

Schmidt is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University, and Founding Director of BU’s Center for the Study of Europe.  Her research focuses on European political economy, institutions, democracy, and political theory.  Recent books include Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy (co-edited, 2013), Debating Political Identity and Legitimacy in the European Union (co-edited, 2011), Democracy in Europe (2006)—named in 2015 by the European Parliament as one of the ‘100 Books on Europe to Remember’—and The Futures of European Capitalism (2002).  Learn more about her here.