A Message from CIMA’s President

Dear Friends,

Heather Ewing, the inaugural Executive Director of the Center for Italian Modern Art, is stepping down on August 17, after five years with CIMA. Heather began at CIMA in August 2013, before it opened to the public, and collaborated with me in launching the Center and making it the special place that it…

CIMA Intern Network’s First Gathering!

 

 

On June 12, 2018, at the tail-end of the Alberto Savinio season, CIMA hosted the inaugural gathering of the CIMA Intern Network (CIN). Seeing the vitality of our intern community, I established this network in early 2018 to connect the wonderful individuals who have come through CIMA. A dozen or so New York-based…

Remembering Irving Sandler (1925-2018)

On November 21, 2017, as part of the Alberto Savinio season, CIMA hosted Irving Sandler in conversation with Phong Bui, artist and publisher of the Brooklyn Rail. The two discussed Sandler’s perspectives on the New York art world; the latest volume of his memoirs, Swept Up By Art: An Art Critic in the Post-Avant-Garde Era, published in 2016 by Rail Editions; and his experiences with his mentor, the art historian Robert Goldwater—husband of Louise Bourgeois, whose work was on view in dialogue with Savinio.

Surrealism in the United States – A Report

On November 27th – 29th, 2017, the Centre Allemand d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris hosted a three-day conference Networks, Museums and Collections. Surrealism in the United States. The conference was the fourth organized as part of the research project Le surréalisme et l’argent: Galeries, collectionneurs et médiateurs, in cooperation with the Labex Arts H2H, which explores to what extent the global success of Surrealism in the 20th century was due to the roles played by private collectors, museums, exhibitions, and art collectors, as well as by the commercial strategies of artists. This final conference, which can be considered the culmination of the research developed through this project, was organized with the essential support of The Terra Foundation for American Art, gathering together 14 American researchers, curators, and professors.

A Q&A with Sharon Hecker and Marin R. Sullivan

This fall marks the 50th anniversary of Arte Povera, the movement coined by critic and curator Germano Celant — in connection originally with a group show he organized at the Galleria La Bertesca in Genoa in 1967. It came to define a loose group of artists making process-oriented art out of nontraditional materials and mediums…

CIMA Travel Fellow Silvia Bottinelli at the MART Museum

The Archive of the 20th century (Archivio del ’900) at the Mart Museum (Rovereto) offers insight into a range of subjects related to modern and contemporary Italian art. In addition to Futurism, Architecture, and Critical History, the collections include an impressive selection of materials related to Visual Poetry. During my research sessions at the Mart archives, I explored the latter topic in particular, by viewing sources by or about Enrico Baj, Mirella Bentivoglio, Maria Lai, Ketty La Rocca, Lucia Marcucci, Stelio Maria Martini, Lamberto Pignotti and others. The aforementioned artists paid attention to the domestic realm, which is the subject of my book manuscript in progress.