CIMA Center for Italian Modern Art

CIMA Center for Italian Modern Art CIMA is an exhibition and research center in NYC promoting Italian modern and contemporary art. Through November 13, 2021, Facing America: Mario Schifano 1960-65.

The Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) was established in 2013 as an exhibition and research center to bridge the cultural gap between Italy and the United States in the narratives of 20th century art and culture. Through annual exhibitions, multiple art historical fellowships awarded each year to international doctoral candidates, and a vast calendar of public initiatives, CIMA provides opportu

The Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) was established in 2013 as an exhibition and research center to bridge the cultural gap between Italy and the United States in the narratives of 20th century art and culture. Through annual exhibitions, multiple art historical fellowships awarded each year to international doctoral candidates, and a vast calendar of public initiatives, CIMA provides opportu

Operating as usual

"Last fall, with the Medici Chapel in Florence operating on reduced hours because of Covid-19, scientists and restorers ...
06/10/2021
Send in the Bugs. The Michelangelos Need Cleaning.

"Last fall, with the Medici Chapel in Florence operating on reduced hours because of Covid-19, scientists and restorers completed a secret experiment: They unleashed grime-eating bacteria on the artist’s masterpiece marbles."

via The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/30/arts/bacteria-cleaning-michelangelo-medici-restoration.html

Last fall, with the Medici Chapel in Florence operating on reduced hours because of Covid-19, scientists and restorers completed a secret experiment: They unleashed grime-eating bacteria on the artist’s masterpiece marbles.

Read our latest blog post, covering CIMA members visit to TOTAH gallery in the Lower East Side for an artist led visit o...
06/05/2021
Members only tour at TOTAH to view Mara De Luca's 'Lilith and the Sun' - Center for Italian Modern Art

Read our latest blog post, covering CIMA members visit to TOTAH gallery in the Lower East Side for an artist led visit of Mara De Luca's Lilith and the Sun.

https://www.italianmodernart.org/members-only-tour-at-totah-to-view-mara-de-lucas-lilith-and-the-sun/

For our most recent members only outing, CIMA visited TOTAH Gallery in the Lower East Side to view their current exhibit Lilith and the Sun, featuring new

Tornabuoni Gallery in Paris recently opened its new exhibition “Carla Accardi and Dadamaino: Between signs and transpare...
06/04/2021

Tornabuoni Gallery in Paris recently opened its new exhibition “Carla Accardi and Dadamaino: Between signs and transparency. Two Italian artists at the frontiers of abstraction,” featuring works by Carla Accardi (1924- 2014) and Dadamaino (1930-2004). The exhibitions centers on the artists’ research on signs and language, inviting a rethinking of the notion of “reading” the work of art. Despite their distinct artistic vocabularies, these two artists are linked by an interest for writing, symbols and characters: Accardi was known for calligraphic abstractions and Dadamaino developed original alphabet-like signs that she painted onto canvas.

The show will be open through September 18 and an exhibit viewing room is available on the gallery webpage.

Pictured: Carla Accardi, 'Verderosso,' 1963–1970, tempera on canvas, 116 x 89 cm. (45.7 x 35 in.)

Dadamaino, 'Costellazioni,' 1982, Ink on linen paper, 200 x 87 cm. (78.7 x 34.3 in.)

One of the themes woven throughout the Facing America exhibit is the impact of the New York art scene and the rise of po...
06/03/2021

One of the themes woven throughout the Facing America exhibit is the impact of the New York art scene and the rise of pop art on Schifano’s art practice. Included in the show are a few paintings and works on paper by Schifano’s American contemporaries, including Jasper Johns, whose name is scribbled in orange ink in the center of this piece. There is also a precise reference to Jasper Johns' work titled “Liar” (1961) that Schifano and O’Hara probably saw in an art show held at the Jewish Museum in 1964. Schifano appropriated Johns’ inversion of the word “Liar”, which is rendered here laterally rather than vertically and in stencil typeface. This mirror-image might serve as a representation of the duplicity and deception involved in lying.

Pictured: Frank O’Hara, Mario Schifano “Words and Drawings of FrankO ’Hara & Mario Schifano,” 1964
Jasper Johns, Liar, 1961.

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#weeklyexhibitionpost #MarioSchifano #FacingAmerica #italianmodernart #FrankOHara #JasperJohns #WordsandDrawings

Buona Festa della Repubblica!This year marks the 75th edition of Republic Day, a national holiday that commemorates the ...
06/02/2021

Buona Festa della Repubblica!

This year marks the 75th edition of Republic Day, a national holiday that commemorates the date when Italians voted in favor of a republic and abolished the monarchy. June 2nd of 1946 marks a special day in Italian history: WWII had just ended and with it Fascism, and the Italian people were eager to usher in a new charter of democracy and freedom.

In celebration of this holiday, we are highlighting Giuseppe Pelizza da Volpedo (1868-1907). Pelizza was a post-impressionist painter whose narrative and portrait paintings reflected on the ‘social question’—that is, the strategies for dealing with the social crises produced by the emergence of industrial society. Pellizza da Volpedo’s most famous work, ‘Il Quarto Stato’ (The Fourth Estate) has become a well-known symbol for progressive and socialist causes in Italy. It depicts a workers’ strike and its title refers to the exploited working class.

Pelizza is among the 15 artists who will be featured in our 2022 exhibit ‘Staging Injustice: Italian Art 1880-1917’. Some of these figures were politically aligned with anarchists or socialists, bravely exhibiting pieces that denounced economic difficulties, exacerbated inequality and social tensions, problems of marginality and insecurity experienced by large swaths of the population.

Pictured here: ll Quarto Stato, Museo del Novecento, Milan (1898-1901)

Buona Festa della Repubblica!

This year marks the 75th edition of Republic Day, a national holiday that commemorates the date when Italians voted in favor of a republic and abolished the monarchy. June 2nd of 1946 marks a special day in Italian history: WWII had just ended and with it Fascism, and the Italian people were eager to usher in a new charter of democracy and freedom.

In celebration of this holiday, we are highlighting Giuseppe Pelizza da Volpedo (1868-1907). Pelizza was a post-impressionist painter whose narrative and portrait paintings reflected on the ‘social question’—that is, the strategies for dealing with the social crises produced by the emergence of industrial society. Pellizza da Volpedo’s most famous work, ‘Il Quarto Stato’ (The Fourth Estate) has become a well-known symbol for progressive and socialist causes in Italy. It depicts a workers’ strike and its title refers to the exploited working class.

Pelizza is among the 15 artists who will be featured in our 2022 exhibit ‘Staging Injustice: Italian Art 1880-1917’. Some of these figures were politically aligned with anarchists or socialists, bravely exhibiting pieces that denounced economic difficulties, exacerbated inequality and social tensions, problems of marginality and insecurity experienced by large swaths of the population.

Pictured here: ll Quarto Stato, Museo del Novecento, Milan (1898-1901)

"Ever since Dante’s Divine Comedy was published, it both ascended to the canon of Western literature and inspired countl...
05/28/2021
Dante’s Divine Comedy and Its Influence on Art History | Art & Object

"Ever since Dante’s Divine Comedy was published, it both ascended to the canon of Western literature and inspired countless artistic interpretations of the poet’s journey through the otherworld as he and his guides traverse the depths of Hell, climb Mount Purgatory, and then ascend to Paradise. "

via Art & Object

https://www.artandobject.com/articles/dantes-divine-comedy-and-its-influence-art-history?eletter=

Looking Back as the 700th Anniversary of His Death Approaches

Just in time for summer..."Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of the Open Boule...
05/28/2021
New York Expands Outdoor Activities with Open Boulevards Initiative

Just in time for summer...

"Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of the Open Boulevards program, an initiative that would temporarily close off car traffic on boulevard segments across several blocks, expanding the public space for dining, cultural activities and artistic performances. The project builds on the successful initiatives Open streets and Open Restaurants, which transformed the city’s streetscape to better serve diners, cyclists and pedestrians amidst the pandemic."

via ArchDaily

https://www.archdaily.com/962388/new-york-expands-activities-across-the-streetscape-with-open-boulevards-initiative

Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of the Open Boulevards program

On Tuesday, June 1st, we invite you to join a virtual book presentation that will be hosted by NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli...
05/28/2021

On Tuesday, June 1st, we invite you to join a virtual book presentation that will be hosted by NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, in cooperation with the Istituto Italiano Di Cultura New York, CIMA, and Magazzino Italian Art. The presentation will introduce Prof. Ara Merjian’s new book, "Against the Avant-Garde: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Contemporary Art, and Neocapitalism."

Link below to register and attend this conversation between the author Professor Ara Merjian, CIMA's exhibition curator, Dr. Francesco Guzzetti, Professor Teresa Kittler, and art critic Barry Schwabsky.

http://casaitaliananyu.org/events/against-avant-garde

On Tuesday, June 1st, we invite you to join a virtual book presentation that will be hosted by NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, in cooperation with the Istituto Italiano Di Cultura New York, CIMA, and Magazzino Italian Art. The presentation will introduce Prof. Ara Merjian’s new book, "Against the Avant-Garde: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Contemporary Art, and Neocapitalism."

Link below to register and attend this conversation between the author Professor Ara Merjian, CIMA's exhibition curator, Dr. Francesco Guzzetti, Professor Teresa Kittler, and art critic Barry Schwabsky.

http://casaitaliananyu.org/events/against-avant-garde

"For the first time in its 228-year history, the Louvre will be directed by a woman. Laurence des Cars, the current lead...
05/27/2021
Laurence des Cars to Become First Woman to Direct Louvre

"For the first time in its 228-year history, the Louvre will be directed by a woman. Laurence des Cars, the current leader of the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, has been picked by French president Emmanuel Macron as the next leader of the Louvre. Des Cars succeeds Jean-Luc Martinez, who has been the museum’s president since 2013, and she begins on September 1."

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/laurence-des-cars-louvre-director-1234594069/

via ARTnews

She currently leads the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie.

Rectangles with rounded corners were a common motif in Schifano’s art from the early 1960s, featured in his sketches, wo...
05/27/2021

Rectangles with rounded corners were a common motif in Schifano’s art from the early 1960s, featured in his sketches, works on paper, and large-scale paintings. This feature stands as an emblem of the pervasiveness of signs and screens in everyday life and particularly in the urban landscape. In some pieces, like “Something Else”, the round-edged rectangles resemble traffic signs—an effect heightened by the enamel surface of the canvas that carries the same glossy and artificial coloring of road signs.

In other artworks, Schifano’s round-edged rectangle motif recalls television screens or the frame of a slide, producing a cinematic quality. In these cases Schifano seems to be reflecting on the mechanical reproduction of images and the artificial filter of screens, which mediates our visual experience to the outside world. In the second work on paper, a pairing of rectangles frames a paragraph of text that narrates an open-ended stream of thought. This motif, described here by O’Hara as an “irregular rectangle inside a regular rectangle,” resembles an early television. Perhaps, this combination of narrative text embedded in the shape of a television screen, is meant to recreate the experience of watching a story unfold on television, the cinema, or “drive-in movies'' (which are mentioned in the text).

Pictured here: Mario Schifano, “Something Else,” 1961
Frank O’Hara, Mario Schifano “Words and Drawings of Frank O’Hara & Mario Schifano,” 1964

#weeklyexhibitionpost #MarioSchifano #FacingAmerica #italianmodernart #frankozHara

Today we are excited to bring CIMA members on a private artist-led visit of Mara De Luca's 'Lilith and the Sun,' current...
05/26/2021

Today we are excited to bring CIMA members on a private artist-led visit of Mara De Luca's 'Lilith and the Sun,' currently on view through July 10th, 2021 at TOTAH gallery in the Lower East Side.

"This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Much like a spread of tarot cards, De Luca’s works come together as a visual narrative. Activating color, image and materials; presenting cuts, scrolls, and side-by-side juxtapositions, she incarnates an individual idea specific to each painting. Playing off the elemental quality of sky as the origin of light, she transcends the materiality of paint and canvas toward a feeling, expanding the image of sky to announce its metaphysical grandeur."

Join CIMA today, and get exclusive access to tours like this one, at renowned institutions and galleries around the city and beyond.

Pictured here: Ramona SV 2, 2015
mixed media on canvas with brass plated elements
54 x 48 inches (137 x 122 cm)

#GalleryVisit #lilithandthesun #MaraDeLuca #DavidTotah

Today we are excited to bring CIMA members on a private artist-led visit of Mara De Luca's 'Lilith and the Sun,' currently on view through July 10th, 2021 at TOTAH gallery in the Lower East Side.

"This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Much like a spread of tarot cards, De Luca’s works come together as a visual narrative. Activating color, image and materials; presenting cuts, scrolls, and side-by-side juxtapositions, she incarnates an individual idea specific to each painting. Playing off the elemental quality of sky as the origin of light, she transcends the materiality of paint and canvas toward a feeling, expanding the image of sky to announce its metaphysical grandeur."

Join CIMA today, and get exclusive access to tours like this one, at renowned institutions and galleries around the city and beyond.

Pictured here: Ramona SV 2, 2015
mixed media on canvas with brass plated elements
54 x 48 inches (137 x 122 cm)

#GalleryVisit #lilithandthesun #MaraDeLuca #DavidTotah

For this week’s exhibition highlight, we’re drawing attention to Schifano’s passion for the New York Jazz scene and its ...
05/22/2021

For this week’s exhibition highlight, we’re drawing attention to Schifano’s passion for the New York Jazz scene and its impact on his art practice. Like many of his peers, he was a great lover and fan of jazz music. Which had spread for decades all over Europe and represented one of the most popular products of American culture among the young generation in Italy in the 1950’s. Pieces like ‘Venus de Milo’ (1961) and Something Else (1961) both correspond to famous jazz music pieces, and our exhibit also features a drawing that was executed on a page taken from the music magazine Down Beat’.

To learn more about the intersections between the work of Mario Schifano, the world of Jazz music, and Schifano’s own involvement in the underground music scene of the 1960’s, check out our series of talks titled ‘Something Else: Schifano and Music’. If you missed our previous two events featuring Luciano Chessa (composer, conductor, performance artist and music historian) and James Demby (professor of Teoria ritmica e percezione musicale at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence), you can find recordings of all our virtual events on our webpage: https://vimeo.com/italianmodernart

Pictured here: Mario Schifano, “Untitled”, [1961-62]
Mario Schifano, “Venus de Milo”, 1961

#weeklyexhibitionpost #MarioSchifano #FacingAmerica #italianmodernart #jazz

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CIMA, the Center for Italian Modern Art, is a nonprofit exhibition and research organization dedicated to promoting international dialogue and scholarship around Italian modern art through its exhibitions, fellowship program, and diverse array of public events. GUIDED VISITS: Fridays: 11am & 2pm Saturdays: 11am & 2pm CIMA offers tours of the exhibition led by our fellows in residence. Visits begin with a complimentary espresso and last approximately one hour. OPEN HOURS: Fridays: 1pm - 6pm Saturdays: 1pm - 6pm Visitors are able to view the exhibition on their own; doors close at 5:45pm. The nearest subway stations are Spring Street (6), Broadway/Lafayette (B,D,F,M), Prince St (N,R), and Canal St (J,N,Q,R, Z, 6). CIMA the right to delete comments or posts that we deem are abusive, inflammatory, or otherwise inappropriate.

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trash is trash worse off long as breaths – will take several decades before banks begin hiring bank-robber would-be’s for bankster-careers – „I am indispensable” the honor – fashion de rigeur – vintage – little else matters really – hey hey 9 „as In God We Trust wears thin on electorate - Profit-principle produces proof to Almighty’s existence the Apocalypse – wholesale” Joseph Campbell „as of Heroism – bien – it sources in Pleaisure – sir – as claims a philosopher of preference – doubt this most of us mortals do sooner than thought flies from here to Eternity and back why be the question – bien - to find out if claim proves fact one needs desire to be a hero – the courage of Will” – on these words general Branconnier pauses – alerted sudden to the lens focusing on the hunting party – two companions canes in hands - aware awhile – the Polish Ambassador jolly permissive – a seniority in black for funerals past and funerals ahead - sorry - hardly time to change as to Pleaisure – no - count is definetely no alien – but heroic only if heroism is what it takes to surrender – to abandon self to senses carnal alone while Sir George Clerk – Ambassador of Great Britain cool flamboyant questions need of camera – having alerted all to intrussion – two other dignitaries seems – have long dropped a few steps behind on forest path under Autumn near Paris – Ambassador of Third Reich Koerster and the US counterpart Strauss - 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see just how is Pleasure source of Heroism a-dangle to remain for any curious reader ever-ever the cover carries yet another photograph – Romantic Marriage Of Danish Prince Ends – several years ago prince Erik married American Lois Booth $millions in dowry – today she petitions King Kristjan for permit to divorce – prince content – wife a furious contempt the couple poses for the shoot erect - unabashed – hey hey