MISSION

The Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) is a 501c3 public nonprofit exhibition and research center established in 2013 in New York City to promote public appreciation and advance the study of modern and contemporary Italian art in the United States and internationally.

Each academic year CIMA presents in its spacious loft in SoHo an installation examining the work of modern Italian artists rarely exhibited in the U.S. These installations bring the art of inspiring masters into dialogue with contemporary artists, illustrating its impact and ongoing resonance today. The exhibitions serve as the theme for CIMA’s fellowship program, which aims to promote new scholarship and dialogue in the field through the support of emerging young scholars from around the world.

CIMA is open for public visits to its exhibition on Fridays and Saturdays; booking in advance via our website is requested. Tours led by our fellows in residence are given at 11am and 2pm; from 1pm to 6pm, we hold open hours where you can enjoy the exhibition on your own. Throughout the season, CIMA holds special tours, events, conversations, and study days as part of its programming.

CIMA Members are welcome on other days of the week by appointment to enjoy the space and exhibition on their own; members also receive the annual catalogue, free entry to our tours and programs, and invitations to special members-only events. Join us!

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GREETINGS FROM NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EMMA LEWIS

What a pleasure to join the CIMA community! I can’t imagine a more exciting time to become part of this special organization, as we launch our sixth season. It is a tremendous honor to work with the remarkable Laura Mattioli, CIMA’s founder and president, and to continue to realize her extraordinary vision to showcase 20th century Italian art in an intimate setting, and to foster conversation, scholarship, and enthusiasm about these sometimes under-appreciated works. I’m also delighted to be starting out with an amazing team – Dr. Chiara Trebaiocchi, Education and Programs Manager; Jennifer Wilkinson, Exhibition and Programs Manager; and Giulia Nicita, Membership and Communications Coordinator. We’re eagerly working on what is going to be a breathtaking exhibition, Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà, and a season of fascinating and lively programs. We are equally happy to be getting to know the first two of our 2018-2019 season CIMA fellows, Antonio David Fiore and Erica Bernardi, whom you will meet when you come for a tour of the exhibition.

I’ve spent much of my professional life as an attorney but have always kept one foot in the art world, as a trustee of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and director at Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn. I have had the joy of spending important parts of my youth in Florence, steeped in the world of Italian art and literature and growing up with an intense love for Italy and surrounded by those who were equally besotted. So it is a dream for me to take the helm at this gem of an institution, once again surrounded by those whose passion for Italian art and culture is (purposefully) contagious. I know that by succeeding Heather Ewing, CIMA’s director from its inception, I am stepping into impressive shoes. It’s an exhilarating moment to arrive and I can’t wait to move forward with CIMA. I look forward to meeting you when you visit the exhibition, come to an evening program, or join us for our signature Study Days!