Members Only: A Special Italian Baking Demonstration by Chocolatier Pietro Macellaro at the International Culinary Center

28 April 2017

CIMA Members are invited to join famed Pasticcere and Master Chocolatier Pietro Macellaro as he demontrates how he creates his special summer dessert, the “Cake Virginia”, which will soon be on the spring/summer menus at Il Gattopardo and The Leopard at des Artistes. 

After the demonstration, Chef Macellaro will also invite each guest to sample his award-winning Italian chocolates, which are made on his property in beautiful, rural Cilento.

CIMA Members will receive a private invitation link to RSVP for this event

Not a CIMA Member? Join us! 

Members receive free admission to CIMA, access outside of regular public hours, a copy of the annual catalogue, and invitations to exclusive events and receptions.

Giorgio de Chirico’s Willful Claustrophilia

26 April 2017

Join us for a special talk on Giorgio de Chirico’s “willful claustrophilia” with Ara H. Merjian, professor of Italian Studies at New York University and author of the recent book, Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City: Nietzsche, Paris, Modernism.


With wooden fragments pressed close to the picture plane and set in shallow, cloistered spaces, Giorgio de Chirico’s so-called “Metaphysical Interiors” from Ferrara (1915-18) seem resigned to confinement. In his mid-century monograph, James Thrall Soby described the scenes as “still lifes …for which the word ‘claustrophobic’ does not seem too strong.” This description has stuck to de Chirico’s interiors ever since: a convenient counterpart to the presumed agoraphobia of his pre-war piazzas. A close reading of the paintings and their philosophical sympathies, however, tells a different story. And it is a story of willful claustrophilia.


“My room,” de Chirico wrote from Ferrara, “is a magnificent ship in which I can set off on adventures worthy of a stubborn explorer.” Even leaving aside the nautical pennants and maps that punctuate several paintings, these interiors posit the still and the static as means to exploration; they insist upon the willful constriction of space as the only path to mental transcendence. Continuing his self-appointed apprenticeship to Friedrich Nietzsche, de Chirico insisted in word and image upon the liberation of finitude. What Nietzsche called “the prison-house of language” forms not a hampering limitation, but rather – for a select few initiates – a means to far-flung exploration. Merjian argues that the unrelenting interiority of de Chirico’s Metaphysical still lifes burrows into the building blocks of architecture as a site of mental adventure, beginning with the wooden support of the canvas itself.

Free; RSVP required.


Ara H. Merjian is Associate Professor of Italian Studies at New York University, where he is an affiliate of the Institute of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History, as well as Director of Undergraduate Studies. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City: Nietzsche, Paris, Modernism (Yale University Press, My 2014), which garnered a College Art Associations Meiss/Mellon’s Author Award, as well as the forthcoming volume, Against the Avant-garde: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Art and Politics, 1960-75, for which he received a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

New York, NY: Italian Art – A New Exhibition

19 April 2017

About “New York New York. Italian Art: The Rediscovery of America,” a new exhibition in Milan

Join us to learn about a new exhibition opening this month in Milan at the Museo Novecento, New York, New York: Italian Art: The Rediscovery of America—which explores the contacts that Italian artists had with the United States in the 20th century and the role they played in the gradual internationalization of the art world. Former CIMA Fellow Raffaele Bedarida, now a professor at Cooper Union, will be in conversation with the curator of the exhibition, Francesco Tedeschi, a professor at the Università Cattolica in Milan.

The exhibition explores the relationship with the United States experienced by artists such as Fortunato Depero, Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Mimmo Rotella, and Ugo Mulas—covering movements from Futurism to Pop Art. Touching on some crucial moments in the lives and works of the protagonists of the show, the conversation at CIMA will focus on the importance of cultural exchange across the Atlantic and look at Americanism in the construction of Italy’s national identity as the United States emerged as a global power.




19 April 2017

CIMA Members at the Friends ($100) level and above are invited to enjoy a private tour and prosecco aperitivo of the home and studio of sculptor Chaim Gross (1904-91), today the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation, a member with CIMA of the SoHo Arts Network. This historic Greenwich Village townhouse and artist’s studio space remains as it was during Gross’ lifetime. In addition to some 10,000 works by Gross, including sculptures, drawings, and prints, the foundation maintains an extensive archive and Gross’s large personal collection of African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbia, American, and European art. We will also view the temporary exhibition, Building Identity: Chaim Gross and Artists’ Homes and Studios in New York City, 1953-74.

CIMA Members will receive a private invitation link to RSVP for this event

Not a CIMA Member? Join us! Members receive free admission to CIMA, access outside of regular public hours, a copy of the annual catalogue, and invitations to exclusive events and receptions.

The Disquieting Muses: An Evening of Poetry Inspired by de Chirico

10 April 2017

In celebration of National Poetry Month, join us Monday April 10 for a special evening of ekphrastic poetry* inspired by Giorgio de Chirico, subject of the current exhibition at the Center for Italian Modern Art. De Chirico’s painting Le Muse Inquietanti (The Disquieting Muses) of 1918, in particular — now on view at CIMA — inspired works by both Sylvia Plath and Mark Strand.

Poet Mark Wunderlich will read Sylvia Plath’s poems inspired by de Chirico’s paintings as well as a new work composed for the occasion. Jessica Strand will read Mark Strand’s poems inspired by de Chirico and speak of the role of art in her late father’s work. And poets Michael Dumanis and Mary Jo Bang will also read work inspired by de Chirico’s paintings.

*ekphrastic poetry is writing created in response to works of art.


Presented in collaboration with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and with the generous support of the Maurice English Poetry Award. (more…)

Contemporary Perspectives on de Chirico: Lisa Yuskavage, Stephen Ellis, and Matvey Levenstein

21 March 2017

Join us for a special evening as CIMA Fellow Giovanni Casini leads a conversation on Giorgio de Chirico with artists Lisa Yuskavage, Stephen Ellis, and Matvey Levenstein.

Giorgio de Chirico’s wide-ranging body of work, especially his neo-baroque late paintings, has historically baffled critics, and the often contradictory developments of his long artistic career have made it difficult to situate his work within established narratives of modernism. MoMA’s 1982 retrospective, held a few years after the artist’s death, neatly omitted or discounted some two-thirds of the artist’s career, choosing to highlight the Metaphysical period — and showing how problematic the definition of a late de Chirico is. These later works, however, with their dense art historical references, methods of replication or (self-)citation, and ironic approach to painting, have drawn the eye of many contemporary practitioners (including of course Giulio Paolini, one of the subjects of CIMA’s exhibition). The blatantly kitsch taste of de Chirico’s late self-portraits, together with the negation of originality and uniqueness, as well as his pursuit of appropriation and the copy became especially relevant in relation to artistic practices developed in the 1980s.

$10 guests; free for CIMA members and students with valid ID




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07 March 2017

CIMA Members are invited to join us for an exclusive tour, outside of public hours, of “Marisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Space” at the Met Breuer, led by the exhibition curator Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. This exhibition is the first major retrospective in the United States of works by the Turin-based artist (b. 1926), the sole female protagonist of the Arte Povera movement. Spanning five decades of work, the show includes exquisite examples of her early experiments with nontraditional art materials and processes, such as her hand-worked knitted copper wire objects; mid-career installation works; and the emblematic teste or heads that she began creating in the mid-1970s. 

CIMA Members will receive a private invitation link to RSVP for this event

Not a CIMA Member? Join us! Members receive free admission to CIMA, access outside of regular public hours, a copy of the annual catalogue, and invitations to exclusive events and receptions.

On Mimmo Rotella: Germano Celant in conversation with Elizabeth Mangini

06 March 2017

Join us for an evening with art historian and curator Germano Celant, exploring the early work of Mimmo Rotella (1918-2006), on the occasion of the opening of a new exhibition at the Gladstone Gallery, “Mimmo Rotella: Selected Early Works,” realized in collaboration with the Mimmo Rotella Institute in Milan. Celant, the editor in charge of the Rotella catalogue raisonné project, will be in conversation with Elizabeth Mangini, Associate Professor and Chair of Visual Studies at the California College of the Arts and an art historian who specializes in European art of the 1960s-70s.

The Gladstone show, which encompasses works from 1953-1962, bookends two pivotal moments for Rotella in the United States: his year as a Fulbrighter “Artist in Residence” at the Kansas City University in 1951-52, and 1962, when two of his works were included in the “New Realists” exhibition at the Sidney Janis Gallery, which presented the most important artists involved in international Pop Art. This talk will explore the pioneering décollage and retro d’affiche techniques that Rotella developed in these years, as well as the impact that his relations with artists such as Alberto Burri, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Salvatore Scarpitta, and others had on his creative process; and look to place Rotella in a larger context of post-war European and American art.

FREE; reservations required


Reception to follow. Reception and videography generously underwritten by Gladstone Gallery.



At the Met: Germano Celant and CIMA Fellows on Marisa Merz

05 March 2017

Join us Sunday March 5th at 2pm at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall in the Uris Center for Education for a conversation with renowned art historian and curator Germano Celant, led by CIMA Fellows Maria Bremer and Fabio Cafagna. Presented in connection with the retrospective at the Met Breuer, “Marisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Space,” this program will explore Marisa Merz’s work and the context of the 1970s in Turin. Ian Alteveer, assistant curator at the Met and the organizer of the Met’s presentation of the Merz exhibition, will offer a introduction to the exhibition at the start of the program.

The program is expected to last one hour. Audience members will be able to visit the Marisa Merz exhibition following the lecture, by walking over to the Met Breuer building, which is open on Sunday until 5:30pm.

No RSVP is required.

Read Fabio Cafagna’s review of the Marisa Merz exhibition on CIMA’s blog, or in Italian on La Voce di New York.


04 March 2017

In honor of Armory Arts Week, CIMA is offering a free open house on Saturday March 4th from 11am to 6pm. RSVP is required.

Come enjoy the Giorgio de Chirico – Giulio Paolini / Giulio Paolini – Giorgio de Chirico exhibition, in CIMA’s exquisite and intimate loft setting.

Informal tours of the exhibition led by our scholars in residence will be offered throughout the day.

RSVP here!