Irving Sandler in conversation with Phong Bui

21 November 2017

Join us for a special evening with legendary art critic, art historian, and chronicler of the New York School, Irving Sandler, in conversation with Phong Bui, artist and publisher of the Brooklyn Rail. The two will discuss Sandler’s perspectives of 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.

Free. RSVP required.


Program schedule:

6pm – registration and exhibition viewing

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

7:30pm – conversation program concludes; exhibition viewing

8pm – CIMA closes


Dr. Irving Sandler is Professor Emeritus of Art History at State University of New York and a contributing editor of Art in America. He has authored four surveys of art as well as monographs onMark di Suvero, Al Held, Deborah Kass, and Alex Katz. He was director of the Neuberger Museum of Art in and co-founder of Artists Space Gallery. In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Art Criticism from the International Association of Art Critics.

Phong Bui is an artist, writer, independent curator, and former curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1, 2007 to 2010. He is also the Co-Founder, Publisher and Artistic Director of the monthly journal the Brooklyn Rail, the publishing press Rail Editions, and the Rail Curatorial Projects.

Renato Barilli on ALBERTO SAVINIO

14 November 2017

Join us for a talk on Alberto Savinio by renowned Italian art historian and critic Renato Barilli. Barilli will focus in particular on the nature of Savinio’s relationship with his better known brother, Giorgio de Chirico (a subject of the 2016-17 season at CIMA). He posits that if Giorgio, the elder of the two, received full protection and place of pride from their mother, Alberto, the younger, accepted his reduced consideration from their mother with  humility, avoiding any competition with his sibling. So, in the first phase of his existence Alberto limited his activity to the field of music, and as far as the visual field, resigned to be only the herald of Giorgio’s talent, becoming the best theoretician of “Metafisica”. But in 1926, the period covered in CIMA’s exhibition, Alberto dared to defy the prohibition established by de Chirico to become a painter. Their common poetics, their metaphysical art, diverged in interesting ways. Giorgio used to cultivate such escape from banal reality, mainly by insisting on icons collected in the museums, recognized by the history of art. Alberto in contrast reserved to his painting a kind of lateral issue, searching for his themes in the world of animals, or in a systematic cultivation of the different ages of geology. To see these different approaches, nothing is more profitable than to compare the two artist’s portraits of their beloved mother. De Chirico’s is magnificent, solemn, sacred; Savinio’s, perhaps on account of being humiliated by her, was cruel, humorous, derisive, placing the head of a hen on her body, very prosaic, very vulgar. In the same manner, if his brother referenced magnificent aspects of past glories, such as ruins, monuments, solemn statues, Savinio depicted a childish world of toys, very near to kitsch.

Free; RSVP required.


Program schedule:

6pm – registration and exhibition viewing

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

7:30pm – program concludes; exhibition viewing

8pm – CIMA closes


Renato Barilli, professor emeritus at the University of Bologna, where he has taught for four decades, is one of the most important art historians and critics of the postwar period in Italy. He has pioneered the subject of “the phenomenology of style,” a field that focuses on the visual arts but extends as well into literature. His primary book on the topic, The Science of Culture and the Phenomenology of Styles, was published in English in 2012. A curator as well as the author of numerous essays and books, Barilli is particularly noted for his focus on postmodernism and the artistic movement he dubbed the Nuovi-Nuovi (the New New). He invites you to visit his blog,, where every Sunday he posts three essays linked to his prevailing interests in the visual arts, literary criticism, and politics.

Aperitivo and Drawing Night at CIMA

09 November 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:

Italian Presentation of the Bolted Book Facsimile at FLAT in Turin

03 November 2017

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 / 6:30pm – 8pm
Palazzo Cisterna, Turin, Italy


For CIMA friends in Italy, we are presenting the new facsimile of Fortunato Depero’s masterpiece of graphic design and typography, Depero Futurista (aka The Bolted Book), at the inaugural FLAT art book fair in Turin. CIMA’s executive director Heather Ewing will be participating in a roundtable conversation together with Nicoletta Boschiero, curator at The Mart museum of modern and contemporary art in Trento and Rovereto and author of an essay in the reader’s guide; Ken Soehner, chief librarian of the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a member of the scientific committee of FLAT; and Liliana Dematteis, a curator and collector and another member of the FLAT scientific committee.

FLAT (fiero libro arte Torino) is a new international event dedicated to art books, taking place November 3-5, 2017. CIMA is proud to be a cultural partner of FLAT.

To read more about this wonderful project, check out CIMA’s blogpost on the subject, New Life for Depero Futurista.

The Bridge Book Award

01 November 2017

Please join us for a panel discussion in celebration of the third edition of “The Bridge” Book Award, with Eli Gottlieb, 2016 American fiction winner; the 2017 Italian winners, Andrea Inglese for fiction and Antonella Tarpino for nonfiction; and Maria Ida Gaeta, Director of the Casa delle Letterature, Rome, acting as moderator.

The Bridge Book Award is the creation of the Casa delle Letterature of the Municipality of Rome, the American Initiative for Italian Culture (AIFIC), and the U.S. Embassy in Rome. It is designed to be a “bridge” connecting the two cultures—the Italian and the American—in order to promote knowledge of the most recent literary trends in the two countries. The award is conferred annually to four authors: one work of fiction recently published in Italy and one recently published in the United States; and to one work of nonfiction recently published in Italy and the United States. The award consists of a sum to cover the translation cost into the opposite language, a monetary prize for the winners, and a sum to cover travel costs. Every effort is made to find a publisher for the book in the country of non-origin. This third edition of the prize has also been sustained by other Italian institutions, including the Center for the Book and for Reading of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage (Centro per il libro e la lettura, CEPELL), and the Federation of Italian Writers (Federazione Unitaria Italiana Scrittori, FUIS).

The American winners for 2017 are Jennifer Haigh for fiction and Anna Harwell Celenza for nonfiction. Haigh’s fifth novel Heat and Light, winner of The Bridge Award in 2017 for fiction, earned a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a Best Book of 2016 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. Anna Harwell Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University. Her most recent book, Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra., is the winner of The Bridge Award in 2017 for nonfiction.

Free; RSVP required.


Program schedule:

6pm – registration and exhibition viewing

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

7:30pm – conversation program concludes; exhibition viewing

8pm – CIMA closes



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30 October 2017

Join us on Monday, October 30, for a private evening visit to the recently opened Modigliani Unmasked, the first exhibition in the United States to focus on Amedeo Modigliani’s early work made in the years after he arrived in Paris in 1906. The exhibition puts a spotlight on Modigliani’s drawings, with a large selection acquired directly from the artist by Dr. Paul Alexandre, his close friend and first patron. These works — many of which are being shown for the first time in the U.S. —illuminate how Modigliani’s heritage as an Italian Sephardic Jew is pivotal to understanding his artistic output. The exhibition includes approximately 150 works, those from the Alexandre collection as well as a selection of Modigliani’s paintings, sculptures, and other drawings from collections around the world. Modigliani’s art is complemented by work representative of the various multicultural influences — African, Greek, Egyptian, and Asian — that inspired the young artist during this lesser-known, early period.

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


Amedeo Modigliani, Lunia Czechowska, 1919. Oil on canvas, 311Ž2 x 201Ž2 in. (80 x 52 cm), Museu de Arte de São Paulo. Photograph by João Musa.

Robert Storr and Lawrence Weschler in Conversation

26 October 2017

CIMA hosts renowned curator and writer Robert Storr in conversation with Lawrence Weschler for a special evening of reflection on Louise Bourgeois, whose works are on display at CIMA in dialogue with those of ALBERTO SAVINIO, subject of the 2017-18 season. Storr will discuss the art and life of Bourgeois, subject of Intimate Geometries, his groundbreaking 828-page monograph released by Monacelli Press in 2016. The conversation will touch as well on the work of Savinio and the affinities between the two artists.

RSVP required. $10 general; free to CIMA members and students with valid ID.





20 October 2017

This Friday October 20th, during open hours, CIMA will also be live-streaming THE COURSE OF EMPIRES: AMERICAN-ITALIAN CULTURAL RELATIONS, 1770-1980, taking place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this international conference examines the persistent fascination of American and Italian artists with the cultural achievements of ancient Rome and the Renaissance. Registration for CIMA Open Hours includes admission to the screening.



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14 October 2017

CIMA is proud to participate for the third time in Open House New York.

Enjoy free entry all day 10am – 6pm.

Since 2003, for two days each October, the Annual Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York.

Irina Verona, the architect who renovated CIMA’s beautiful loft space, will be on hand to lead OpenDialogue tours at 11 am and 1 pm.

CIMA’s Fall Fellows, Elena Salza and Giulia Tulino, will lead guided visits of the ALBERTO SAVINIO installation at 3 pm and 4.30 pm.

Please note that no reservation is required for the tours.

Laura Mattioli: Tour of Arte Povera at Hauser & Wirth

11 October 2017

On Wednesday October 11, CIMA President and Founder Laura Mattioli will be leading a walkthrough of the ARTE POVERA exhibition now on view at Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea.

Curated by Ingvild Goetz, the exhibition—which spans three floors—offers a wide-ranging overview of Italy’s highly innovative post-war art movement, as seen through the eyes of one of its most significant collectors. The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Arte Povera movement and features more than 150 works by artists Claudio Abate, Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Giorgio Colombo, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Paolo Mussat Sartor, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini, and Gilberto Zorio.

Mattioli will discuss two of the movement’s most significant artists, Giovanni Anselmo and Giulio Paolini, and shed light on the sociopolitical motivations behind the radical works on view. Paolini was one of the subjects of last season’s exhibition at CIMA, Giorgio de Chirico – Giulio Paolini / Giulio Paolini – Giorgio de Chirico.

Free; RSVP required.


Please note this event will take place at 548 West 22nd Street.