Reflections by the editor: Paola Gribaudo on art publishing

15 May 2018

Reflections by the editor: Paola Gribaudo on art publishing

From Alberto Savinio to Picasso from Hans Hofmann to Basquiat, Paola Gribaudo has been responsible for publishing over 1,000 books by artists, architects, and writers to audiences around the world. Join us for this special evening of her reflections on her diverse projects, including art books, biographies, exhibition catalogues, and catalogues raisonné on the occasion of the book signing of: Barbara Tutino, Paola Gribaudo: A Thousand and One of These Books. (Skira, 2018)

“The gestation of a book recalls that of a creature: the birth occurs when you pick the book up with both hands, one on top and the other underneath, and then you open it to smell the smell of the printer’s shop and the paper. This tender gesture is the same as a First Holy Communion, when the emotions of the author, the publisher, and the reader are indistinguishable, like water flowing in a system with communicating vessels. A small ceremony, I’d say, that you never tire of because while it is true that the life of humans can be tiring, it is never tiring enough to want to wipe out the desire to start over again from scratch. Paola helped give birth to many, so many books, and for this we are filled with gratitude.”
– Eugenio Alberti Schatz

Free, reservations required.

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Program schedule:

6pm – registration and viewing of Alberto Savinio

6:20pm – conversation program, followed by Q&A

7:30pm – program concludes, viewing of exhibition

8pm – doors close

“The Ruin of Kasch”: A Night with Roberto Calasso

10 May 2018

For more than three decades, Roberto Calasso—publisher of Italy’s esteemed Adelphi Edizioni—has been composing a multi-volume work-in-progress, the individual parts of which deal with highly diverse subjects, yet are closely interconnected. In exhilarating and original books such as The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, Ka, and K., Calasso has delved into Greek mythology, the work of Franz Kafka, and ancient Hindu lore, among other topics.

Join CIMA and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for a rare opportunity to hear Calasso discuss his work here in the United States, on the occasion of the publication of a new English translation by Richard Dixon of The Ruin of Kasch, the book that launched Calasso’s ambitious series. First published in Italian in 1983, The Ruin of Kasch is one of those rare works that helps us see our entire civilization in a new light. A deep excavation of the history of the French Revolution, with forays backward and forward in time, The Ruin of Kasch is both a labyrinth and a treasure chest, a book about nothing less than the birth of modernity.

Note: This program will feature a conversation between Calasso and author Lila Azam Zanganeh. It is the second of two evenings featuring Roberto Calasso at CIMA. On May 9, Calasso will discuss the writings of Alberto Savinio with Jonathan Galassi, President and Publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, in conjunction with CIMA’s current exhibition.

$15; FREE for CIMA Members.

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Program schedule:

6pm – registration and viewing of Alberto Savinio

6:20pm – conversation program, followed by Q&A

7:30pm – program concludes, viewing of exhibition

8pm – doors close

Roberto Calasso is the publisher of Adelphi Edizioni, and the author of books such as The Ruin of Kasch, The Marriage of Cadmus and HarmonyKaLa Folie Baudelaire, The Forty-nine Steps, and The Art of the Publisher, among others. He lives in Milan.

Lila Azam Zanganeh is the author of The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness, published in 2011. Azam Zanganeh has taught literature, cinema, and Romance languages at Harvard University, and has contributed articles to The New York Times Le Monde, and la Repubblica, and The Paris Review, for which she interviewed Roberto Calasso in 2012. She was born in Paris, and currently divides her time between New York and London.

Roberto Calasso and Jonathan Galassi

09 May 2018

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear Roberto Calasso discuss the work of Alberto Savinio in conversation with Jonathan Galassi, president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Calasso is the publisher of Adelphi Edizioni, the Milan editorial house that has over the last forty years embarked on a rigorous project to re-issue Alberto Savinio’s literary oeuvre. Adelphi has to date published some 23 books by the author including, in 1977, the Nuova Enciclopedia—a remarkable and highly original personal encyclopedia with entries ranging from the god Apollo to Josephine Baker, which Savinio worked on throughout the 1940s until his premature death in 1952.

Note: This program is the first of two evenings featuring Roberto Calasso at CIMA, co-presented with Farrar Straus and Giroux and with the support of the Maurice English Poetry Award.

On May 10, Calasso will discuss FSG’s newly issued edition of The Ruin of Kaschtranslated by Richard Dixon, with author Lila Azam Zanganeh. The book will be available for purchase and signing both evenings.

$15; FREE for CIMA Members.

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Program schedule:

6pm – registration and viewing of Alberto Savinio

6:20pm – conversation program, followed by Q&A

7:30pm – program concludes, viewing of exhibition and book sales

8pm – doors close

Roberto Calasso is the publisher of Adelphi Edizioni, and the author of books such as The Ruin of Kasch, The Marriage of Cadmus and HarmonyKaLa Folie BaudelaireThe Forty-nine Steps, and The Art of the Publisher, among others. He lives in Milan.

Jonathan Galassi is the president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The author of three volumes of poetry and a novel, he is also highly regarded as a translator of Italian poetry, in particular the work of Eugenio Montale and Giacomo Leopardi.

Remembering 1968: Richard Nonas, Nicholas Fox Weber, Laura Mattioli

08 May 2018

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the year that has become a symbol in Western history of an era of revolutionary political protest and social change. Join us for a special evening with artist Richard Nonas in conversation with Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and Laura Mattioli, Founder and President of CIMA, as they share memories of and reflect on the import and legacy of 1968.

The month of May in particular marks the 50th anniversary of the student protests in Paris, an uprising that shut down the capital and soon spread to the rest of the country, spurring the occupation of universities and a general strike involving millions of workers. The sculptor Richard Nonas was in Paris at the time, a participant in the protests; Nicholas Fox Weber was at Columbia in the spring of 1968, where student demonstrations closed the campus, and Laura Mattioli was a student at the Liceo Parini, a center of the protests in Milan.

Free, reservations required.

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Program schedule:

6pm – registration and viewing of Alberto Savinio

6:20pm – conversation program, followed by Q&A

7:30pm – program concludes, viewing of exhibition

8pm – doors close

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Alberto Savinio Study Days

28 April 2018

Day 1: Friday, April 27 (2pm – 5pm; prosecco aperitivo; keynote talk at 6pm)
Day 2: Saturday, April 28 (10:30am – 6pm)

CIMA hosts the Alberto Savinio Study Days on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, 2018. These annual events offer an opportunity for CIMA’s fellows to share their new research alongside other scholars, in the intimate, collaborative environs of the exhibition space—a rare opportunity to discuss the artist’s career while surrounded by numerous examples of his work.

The Alberto Savinio Study Days aim to further investigate the major themes of the exhibition, as well as to offer new insights into the general debate on Savinio’s complex oeuvre, in sessions conceived by the 2017-2018 CIMA Fellows following an open call for papers.

Free for students with valid ID and CIMA members; $10 general admission for each day. Day 1 includes a prosecco aperitivo; Day 2 includes lunch at CIMA. 

FULL PROGRAM SCHEDULE BELOW.  For abstracts of the papers and bios of their authors, click here.

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Savinio’s Laboratory: A Journey with Paola Italia

27 April 2018

As part of the ALBERTO SAVINIO STUDY DAYS, CIMA is pleased to welcome Savinio expert Paola Italia from Rome to present her keynote from 6pm – 7:30pm:

A “creative power-station”: A journey into Savinio’s laboratory through manuscripts, papers, and drafts

Wanderer of the imagination, alchemist of the word, unable to give expression to his extraordinary creativity through one single art, Alberto Savinio left in his papers a precious testimony to his phenomenal intellect. On the centennial of Hermaphrodito (Florence, 1918), Paola Italia takes CIMA’s audience on an exclusive journey into Savinio’s creative process: she will open the doors of the writer’s archive, preserved in Historical Contemporary Archive “A. Bonsanti” at the Vieusseux Archive in Florence, and share excerpts from his manuscripts, papers, and book drafts, providing insight into not only Savinio’s working methods but also the secrets of his creativity.

Paola Italia is Associate Professor of Italian Literature and Philology at the University of Bologna. Her research is devoted to 19th– and 20th-century Italian literature language and philology, including modern authors methods of writing and editing. Italia earned her Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Pisa with her dissertation on Alberto Savinio’s early works (Il Pellegrino appassionato), and has expanded scholarship on the author through subsequent publications. Celebrated for her texts on writers including Leopardi, Manzoni, Bassani, Gadda, Manganelli, Italia has also been recognized for her teaching at the Universities of Magonza, Siena and Rome La Sapienza.

Program schedule:

The event will be preceded by a prosecco aperitivo at 5:30pm. Presentation begins at 6pm, followed by a Q&A.

Free for students with valid ID and CIMA members; $10 general admission. Your entry for this evening program also entitles you to come earlier in the day to join any part of the Study Day afternoon program.

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Ruggero Savinio: Reflections on his Father

25 April 2018

Join us for a special evening with Ruggero Savinio, son of the artist, in conversation with CIMA Fellow Giulia Tulino, sharing memories of his father and his uncle Giorgio de Chirico (subject of CIMA’s 2016-17 exhibition season), insights into his father’s practice, and how his father’s work shaped him as an artist.

Please note this conversation will be presented in Italian, with Sara Fruner serving as translator.

Free; RSVP required.

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Program schedule:

6pm – registration and viewing of Alberto Savinio

6:20pm – conversation program, followed by Q&A

7:30pm – program concludes, viewing of exhibition

8pm – doors close

Ruggero Savinio (b. 1934) is a painter and writer and the head of the Archivio Savinio. After graduating in literature from La Sapienza in Rome, he lived for many years in Paris, returning to settle in Rome in the mid-1980s. His work has been shown in numerous galleries at home and abroad, and in 2012 he was given a solo exhibition at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome.

Giulia Tulino received her Ph.D. in contemporary art history from La Sapienza, University of Rome, in 2017 for her dissertation, La galleria dell’Obelisco e il surrealismo a Roma 1940-1960, and has published two additional essays about the gallery. Since 2015, Tulino has been curator of the Jacorossi Collection, Rome, which holds over three thousand art works of Italian contemporary art. She is also currently curator at MUSIA, Rome.

Sara Fruner is a writer, editor, and literary translator living and working in New York. A contributor to La Voce di New York, she is also a published poet, founder of a blog on cinema, and a freelance commissioning editor and literary translator for Giunti Editore and other publishing houses in Italy.

SLOW ART DAY

14 April 2018

Saturday, April 14 is SLOW ART DAY! We are thrilled to participate for the fourth year in a row in this wonderful international initiative—”a global event with a simple mission: to help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.” Read more about Slow Art Day’s launch in this article from ARTNews.

“Slow art”—the idea that looking closely, over a period of time, leads to new discoveries and a more profound connection to art and to the creative process—lies at the heart of CIMA’s ethos and mission, and we practice this act of active looking throughout our season. During our regular open hours (1pm – 6pm) on Saturday, April 14, we invite you to pick one or two paintings by Alberto Savinio and challenge yourself to spend 10 minutes in front of the work. Share your insights and discoveries with us, with your friends, and with others who are here visiting.

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At 11am and 2pm, we’ll be serving espresso and enjoying a guided visit of the exhibition, which will include a “slow art” looking session and conversation focused on two works chosen by our fellow in residence, Elena Salza.

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Live! From the Autobiographical to the Philosophical: Alberto Savinio’s “Vita dell’uomo”

09 April 2018

A U.S. Premiere with Luciano Chessa and Luca Valentino

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE AT THE ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF CULTURE, 686 PARK AVENUE. RSVP IS REQUIRED.

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In 1951, five years after Alberto Savinio completed Vita dell’uomo, the work premiered at Milan’s La Scala Theater in a production designed by the author himself. Although intended as a key to unlocking the artist’s personal history, the ballet ironically illustrates the life cycle of an “everyman”—from birth to education, love to disillusion, and, lastly, dream to death. Throughout, the protagonist encounters characters from the artist’s earlier paintings and plays, including animal-headed businessmen and the parents in the form of “Armchair-Mama” and “Armchair-Poppa,” as seen in CIMA’s current exhibition. What might it have meant for Savinio to bring these significant figures to life on the stage?

This evening will feature the U.S. premiere of the ballet’s main scenes, performed on piano by Luciano Chessa. A slide show with a selection of Savinio’s costume designs and stage sets will provide visual context, while insightful commentary on the overall production will be provided by Savinio theater expert Luca Valentino. Expanding the discussion beyond the work itself, Valentino and Chessa will situate Vita dell’uomo in an international context, offering the audience an in-depth vision of Savinio’s idiosyncratic post-WWII poetics of music and theatre.

Note: This program takes place at the Italian Institute of Culture. It is the second of two evenings organized, in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture, by the Center for Italian Modern Art on the occasion of its Alberto Savinio exhibition. Click here for more information on the first half of the program, presented at CIMA on Friday, April 6.

FREE: RSVP required at the Italian Institute of Culture.

Luciano Chessa is a composer, conductor, performance artist, pianist, and music historian specializing in 20th-century Italian and 21st-century American repertoire. His compositions include the experimental opera Cena oltranzista nel castelletto al lago—a work of over 55 hours of fasting that was entirely livestreamedand A Heavenly Act, an opera commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with original video by Kalup Linzy. In New York alone, Chessa has been commissioned multiple times by the Performa Biennial, and in 2014 he presented three concerts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe. Chessa is the author of Luigi Russolo Futurist. Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult (2012), the first monograph dedicated to Russolo and his “Art of Noise.” In 2009, his Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners (OFNI) was hailed by the New York Times as one of the best events in the arts; it continues to tour internationally. He is currently preparing the edition of Julius Eastman’s Second Symphony, and will conduct its world premiere in September 2018.

Live! Exploring Alberto Savinio’s Theater

06 April 2018

Exploring Alberto Savinio’s Theater Work with Luca Valentino

Alberto Savinio experimented with every theatrical genre available to him throughout his career, working as a composer, costume and set designer, playwright, librettist, stage director, and theatre critic. In discussing a selection of this eclectic twentieth-century master’s theater productions, operas, and radio dramas, Luca Valentino will shed light upon the creative process behind this highly-original artist’s combinations of sound, image, and word. Featuring excerpts from original radio performances, this presentation will begin with Savinio’s involvement with the Parisian avant-garde milieu before WWI, touch on his critical-yet-cautious public production during the Fascist Ventennio, and culminate in his post-WWII resurgence, manifested by his works for the Italian National Radio and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino festival, as well as Milan’s Piccolo Teatro and Teatro alla Scala.

Note: This is the first of two evenings organized, in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture, by the Center for Italian Modern Art on the occasion of its Alberto Savinio exhibition. It will take place at CIMA, at 421 Broome Street in SoHo. Click here for more information on the second half of the program, to be presented at the Italian Institute of Culture at 670 Park Avenue on Monday, April 9.

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Luca Valentino is Professor of Performing Arts at the Conservatory of Music of Alessandria, Italy, where he is also Artistic Director of Scatola Sonora, an international festival of small-scale opera and musical theater named after a collection of Alberto Savinio’s writings. Over the course of his three decades directing for the stage, Valentino has established himself as an international expert on Savinio—writing numerous essays on the artist and adapting his works for performance on stages around the world. Amongst other accolades, his book on Savinio’s theater, L’arte impura (1991), received the Premio Silvio D’Amico from Italy’s National Drama Institute.