The Gladiator Nun: Fellini's Women
Having begun his career as a cartoonist, sketches were the preferred method by which Federico Fellini conceptualized each new film. Some of the works seen in “The Gladiator Nun,” a small exhibition of Fellini sketches, relate to specific films while others highlighted Fellini’s unique exuberant style, his personal conception of women’s and men’s bodies, and the exaggerately ambiguous relationships he created between genders in both his films and drawings. Sequences from Fellini’s most loved films were projected continuously in the gallery alongside his drawings. Humerous, oxymoronic and naughty, like the films and the man himself, the drawings could puzzle, titillate, aggravate, and entertain, but all give insight into understanding Frederico Fellini the filmmaker and artist in a more complete fashion. This exhibition, organized in conjunction with the University of Washington’s Felliniana Conference (October 29-November 1, 2003), presented drawings made throughout Fellini’s life. Owned by the Fellini Foundation in Rimini, the drawings were mostly unpublished and rarely exhibited beyond the Foundation’s walls.