Tell Me Something Good: Joanna Pousette-Dart, Sarah Sze, and Lisa Yuskavage

08 March 2018

Tell Me Something GoodA book launch and conversation with Joanna Pousette-Dart, Sarah Sze, and Lisa Yuskavage, moderated by Jarrett Earnest and Lucas Zwirner

Since the inception of the Brooklyn Rail of twenty years ago, co-founder and artistic director Phong Bui and the Rail’s contributors have published over four hundred interviews with artists. This panel—a conversation between writer Jarrett Earnest, editor Lucas Zwirner, and artists Joanna Pousette-Dart, Sarah Sze, and Lisa Yuskavage, focused on their respective practicesillustrates the insight that can be gained from these intimate dialogues. All three artists are included in Tell Me Something Good, which contains sixty Rail interviews in total. While each chapter offers a specific perspective on the life and work of an artist, collectively they tell the story of a journal that has grown during one of the more diverse and surprising periods in visual art. There is no unified style or perspective; the Brooklyn Rail’s strength lies in its ability to include and champion difference. Selected and coedited by Jarrett Earnest, a frequent Rail contributor, with Lucas Zwirner, the book includes an introduction to the project by Phong Bui, as well as many of the hand-drawn portraits he has made of the artists he has interviewed over the years. This combination of verbal and visual profiles offers a rare and personal insight into contemporary visual culture.


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Please note: Zwirner will be live-streaming the program on their Facebook page.


Program schedule:

6pm: Doors open; Alberto Savinio exhibition viewing

6:20pm: Program starts, followed by Q&A with audience

7:30pm: Program concludes; book signing and Alberto Savinio exhibition viewing

8pm: Evening concludes


Speaker biographies: (more…)


21 February 2018

To celebrate our birthday, join us for special by-donation open hours of our acclaimed Alberto Savinio exhibition.

On February 21, 2014, we launched CIMA into the world with a series of presentations devoted to the art and legacy of Fortunato Depero. That inaugural Study Day served as inspiration for a large Depero exhibition organized in Madrid the following year. With many of the CIMA papers published in the accompanying catalogue, the Depero project achieved for the first time CIMA’s goal of serving as an incubator of ideas for other arts institutions.

We’ve since organized in-depth programs on Fabio Mauri, Medardo Rosso, Alfred and Margaret Scolari Barr, Postwar Italian Art, Giorgio Morandi, Giorgio de Chirico and Giulio Paolini, and Postmodernism in Italian Art. Our 10th Study Day, dedicated to Léonce Rosenberg, takes place Saturday, February 3, from 2pm to 6pm.

To date, CIMA has hosted 24 remarkable fellows, two of whom will be presenting at this first of two Study Day programs held to coincide with the Alberto Savinio exhibition season. We are proud to have supported the research of these young scholars, many of whom have gone on to hold teaching positions at esteemed universities such as Cooper Union, to be curators at major museums such as the Boschi di Stefano in Milan, and to assume research fellowships at prestigious institutions such as the Biblioteca Hertziana in Rome.

Help us celebrate their accomplishments and ensure years to come of great programming and scholarship by making a donation!



Drawing Night at CIMA

13 February 2018

Join us for a special Drawing Night and Aperitivo, led by artist Jen Mazza. CIMA’s opens its unique setting to artists of all levels to analyze and draw from works on view by Alberto Savinio. These paintings, conceived over just a few years in the late 1920s and early 1930s, nevertheless traverse a wide range of techniques.

Pencils have been generously donated by Blick Art Materials and paper has been provided by the legendary Italian papermaker Fabriano, who recently celebrated the 750th anniversary of papermaking in Fabriano, Italy.

All skill levels welcome!
Limited to 30 participants.
FREE for CIMA Members. 


About the artist:
Jen Mazza was born in 1972 in Washington D.C.  Mazza received her B.A. in Visual Art and Spanish Literature from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia (1994), and an M.F.A. in Visual Art from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (2001).

Significant awards include residencies at Yaddo (2005), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2004, 2005, 2006), Blue Mountain Center (2006), and the Jentel Foundation (2004, 2008). Mazza was also granted a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship to attend the Millay Colony in 2004 and returned again to the Colony in 2013.

In 2001 and again in 2008, the artist received Individual Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, and in 2008 she was selected to be Artist in Residence at the Newark Museum.  Her work is in the permanent collection of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.

Since 2001, Mazza’s paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally including a one-person show at the Jersey City Museum. She is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery and currently teaches at the New School of Design and the Pratt Institute.


*Please note that guests are allowed to bring their own supplies but only sketching materials are permitted. No water media, ink, or solvents are allowed in the galleries.

Refreshments have been generously donated by:





Alberto Savinio and his Other: Nivasio Dolcemare

08 February 2018

A multifaceted and versatile artist crossing the boundaries of disciplines and genres, Alberto Savinio also multiplied his own self in autobiographical novels and stories through the invention of innumerable masks of his own persona. Among his many fictitious characters, however, one stands out: Nivasio Dolcemare. Nivasio is not only an anagram of his nom de plume, Savinio (itself a surreptitious name to distance himself from his brother de Chirico); it is also Savinio’s doppelgänger, a fictive character who shared his own childhood in Greece, his avant-garde friendships in Paris, and his career and marital life in Rome, but cannot be fully superimposable on his author. Nivasio is one of the keys to Savinio’s metaphysical enigmas. His recurrent presence in Savinio’s stories dissolves the contrasts between autobiography and surrealism, and between fiction and memory, with irresistible comic effects.

Franco Baldasso (Bard College) will introduce Savinio’s fascinating literary inventions and his many doubles, commenting upon excerpts from Savinio’s texts read by the poet Sara Fruner.

Free; RSVP required.


Rosenberg Apartment Study Day

03 February 2018

Léonce Rosenberg was one of the most influential dealers of modern art in Paris during and after World War I. The eldest son of the art dealer Alexandre Rosenberg, he and his brother Paul inherited their father’s business and divided it between them, with Léonce starting his own business in 1910 focused on the haute époque (antiquities from the Far and Middle East, Old Masters). In 1918 Léonce established the Galerie L’Effort Moderne, which specialized exclusively in modern art (or Cubist art). It became during the 1920s a crucial hub of support for avant-garde artists such as Fernand Léger, Juan Gris, Gino Severini, Giorgio de Chirico, Francis Picabia, and many others. In 1928 he rented a new apartment on the rue de Longchamp and commissioned a number of his favorite artists to realize decorative schemes for the various rooms—including both Giorgio de Chirico, subject of CIMA’s 2016-17 season, and Alberto Savinio, subject of CIMA’s current 2017-18 season.

With this program CIMA devotes an afternoon to exploring the history of this apartment and the artists who contributed artworks to it—including de Chirico, Savinio, Picabia, Léger, Herbin, Metzinger, Valmier, Severini, Ernst— looking in particular at how Rosenberg’s vision of the art dealer as a modern form of patron translated into the decoration. Beyond the still striking differences that characterize the artists involved and their practices, is it possible to identify any shared themes, visually or on the level of subject matter? “Modern antiquity” can be read as a common thread through most of the rooms, and there is also the idea of “transparency” and layered images in the works produced by Picabia, Savinio, and Ernst. What different history of Modernism can Rosenberg’s apartment tell?


Program Schedule

1:30pm – Registration opens; viewing of Alberto Savinio exhibition

2pm – Welcome by Heather Ewing, executive director of CIMA

2:15pm – Giovanni Casini, 2017-18 Hilla Rebay Fellow, Guggenheim Foundation, and former 2016-17 CIMA Fellow, on Léonce Rosenberg as a dealer, the evolution of his taste in modern art, the apartment project, and an introduction to the public reception rooms

2:45pm – Matthew Affron, Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on Fernard Léger

3:15pm – Giovanni Casini on Giorgio de Chirico’s Hall of Gladiators and contributions by Jean Metzinger, Auguste Herbin, and Georges Valmier

3:45pm – coffee break

4:00pm – Alice Ensabella, 2017-18 CIMA Fellow, on an introduction to the Rosenberg apartment private rooms and Gino Severini

4:30pm – Anne Umland, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), on Francis Picabia

5pm – Alice Ensabella on Alberto Savinio

5:30pm – Q&A roundtable discussion




Savinio Echoes: Saya Woolfalk and Lucas Blalock in conversation

26 January 2018

Savinio’s “pre-postmodern” paintings are eccentric, vividly colored, and widely varied, containing everything from abstract patterning to traditional landscapes to mythological figures and engaging elements of surrealism, the fantastic, and the absurd. Contemporary artists Saya Woolfalk and Lucas Blalock join art historian Lauren Rosati in a conversation on their own practices and recent projects, and also respond to the exhibition on view, offering contemporary perspectives on Savinio’s pioneering work. This discussion around inter-generational creativity will explore the role of surrealism, myth, fantasy, history, color, and hybrid forms in each of these artists’ works, revealing affinities and shared interests.

Photographer Lucas Blalock (born 1978, North Carolina) engages the ways that falseness or evident mechanics in photographs can bring both the picture and the pictured into sharper focus. He pursues this through a variety of overlapping strategies (often involving Photoshop) that alienate the “natural” view generally associated with photographic pictures. Blalock’s work employs an expanded notion of photography to consider a world that is ever more inhabited by the plasticities of the virtual.

Intermedia artist Saya Woolfalk (born 1979, Japan) uses science-fiction, mythological research, and fantasy to question cultural boundaries and reimagine contemporary life. Her ongoing project, the Empathics—which incorporates sculpture, installation, video, performance, and textiles—explores a fictional race of women who are able to alter their genetic make-up and fuse with plants. Exploring issues of colonialism, multiculturalism, and ethnography, Woolfalk’s complex narrative projects question the utopian possibilities of cultural hybridity.

Lauren Rosati is a curator and art historian whose research and projects focus on the interdisciplinary study of modernism, in particular the relation of modern art to music, sound, performance, science and technology. She was previously an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, an Andrew W. Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art, Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the National Academy Museum, and Assistant Curator at Exit Art. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History at the City University of New York, Graduate Center.

Free; RSVP required.


Art In Fact and Fiction: Michael Findlay and Frederic Tuten in Conversation

17 January 2018

Celebrating an art world friendship of over fifty years, Michael Findlay and writer Frederic Tuten will discuss looking at art and writing about art and artists.

Michael Findlay is a director of Acquavella Galleries and the author of The Value of Art (Prestel, 2012) and the recently published Seeing Slowly—Looking At Modern Art (Prestel, 2016). His newest book is a call encouraging us to see art with all of our senses—a sentiment that reverberates strongly with CIMA’s emphasis on slow art and close looking. “The most important thing for us to grasp,” writes Findlay, “is that the essence of a great work of art is inert until it is seen. Our engagement with the work of art liberates its essence.”

Frederic Tuten is an art critic and the author of five novels, including The Adventures of Mao on the Long March and Van Gogh’s Bad Café and many short stories, including the recently published Self-Portraits: Fictions.

Free; RSVP required.



Towards the Grande Brera – Palazzo Citterio and the Birth of Brera Modern

11 January 2018

Join us for an exclusive preview of exciting new developments for modern Italian art in Milan. Dr. James Bradburne, the director of the Pinacoteca di Brera, looks at the long and complicated gestation of the project to transform the Palazzo Citterio (adjacent to the Palazzo di Brera) into a showcase for the museum’s great collections of modern Italian art. Scheduled to open to the public in early 2019, the project brings to completion a vision spelled out by the legendary director of Brera in the 1970s, Franco Russoli.

This evening’s program will also be the first opportunity for visitors to see a new addition to CIMA’s exhibitionAlberto Savinio’s La cité des promesses of 1928, one of the modern masterpieces from the Emilio Jesi collection of the Pinacoteca di Brera, which will be on view at CIMA until the end of May. It joins L’ile des charmes, as two of the six works Savinio produced for the art dealer Léonce Rosenberg. These two paintings will be the centerpiece of a Study Day on February 3 examining Rosenberg as a patron and the commissions he made of Savinio, de Chirico, Picabia, Léger, Ernst, and other artists, for his Paris apartment.

Free; reservations required.

Please note the early hour of 5:30pm for this program.



James M. Bradburne is a British-Canadian architect and museum specialist. He was appointed Director General of the Pinacoteca di Brera of Milan in October 2015, one of twenty such appointments made by the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini as part of a historic shake up of the state museum sector in Italy. Previously, from 2006 to 2015, he served as the founding director of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, one of Italy’s first public-private partnerships and Florence’s largest temporary exhibition space.


14 December 2017

Savinio: Myths and Heroines

An Evening of Literature at CIMA

Join us for a talk on Alberto Savinio’s portrayal of female protagonists from Greek mythology by CIMA Fellow Serena Alessi and Bard College’s Franco Baldasso, together with some readings of original Savinio texts by Sara Fruner. Savinio’s modern reinterpretation of the Greek myths will be at the center of a discussion about the artist’s multidisciplinary production and his eccentric literary talent. Ariadne, Penelope, and Alcesti are the heroines of Savinio’s novels, theater, and fiction. In the midst of Savinio’s outstanding paintings, the conversation will delve into his literary world from a unique viewpoint—his special relationship with the great mythical women of pre-classic Greece as well as with modern divas such as Isadora Duncan.

FREE; RSVP required.



Drawing Night at CIMA

07 December 2017

Join us for a special Drawing Night and Aperitivo, opening CIMA’s unique setting to artists of all levels to analyze and draw from works on view by Alberto Savinio.  Pencils have been generously donated by Blick Art Materials and paper has been provided by the legendary Italian papermaker Fabriano who recently celebrated the 750th anniversary of papermaking in Fabriano, Italy.

All skill levels welcome!
Limited to 30 participants.
FREE for CIMA Members. 


*Please note that members are allowed to bring their own supplies but only sketching materials are permitted. No water media, ink, or solvents are allowed in the galleries.

Refreshments have been generously donated by: