Corrado Cagli Study Day


January 25, 2024, 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

General admission: $15. Members and Students: Free


Keynote speaker: Dr. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

The exhibition Transatlantic Bridges: Corrado Cagli, 1938-1948, curated by Raffaele Bedarida and on view in New York at the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) through January 27, 2024, is dedicated to the Jewish Italian artist Corrado Cagli (1910-1976) and sheds light on Cagli’s captivating human and intellectual journey during his transformative years in the United States, from 1939 to 1948.

With this Corrado Cagli Study Day, CIMA’s Research Fellows join prominent and emerging scholars to investigate the themes at the center of the exhibition within and outside of established critical frameworks.

The conference will take place in person at the Center for Italian Modern Art, and will include a keynote address followed by scholarly panels.

Conference Program

10AM – Registration and breakfast buffet

10:30AM – Keynote address

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Castello di Rivoli – Museo di Arte Contemporanea, Turin), Artisti in guerra / Artists In a Time of War. A Sadly Topical Exhibition

11:30AM – Panel 1 – Politics of Representation: Fascism, its Arts, and their Circulation

Joseph Perna (NYU), Circulatory Systems; Terni ’34, Rome ’38

Lorenzo Carletti (Liceo Artistico F. Russoli, Pisa, and Università di Pisa), Cristiano Giometti (Università di Firenze), MoMA, Summer 1940: Fascism and Democracy in a Never Realized Exhibition

Cristiana Antonelli (Università di Pisa), The War Quadriennal (1943): Rhetoric and Ambivalences in the Last Major Fascist Exhibition

Sophia Farmer (University of Arkansas – Fort Smith), Identity, Heritage, and Ecology: Questions of Ethics and Sustainability in the Preservation and (Re)Construction of Fascist Era Monuments

1PM – 2PM – Lunch break – Light buffet lunch will be provided

2PM – Panel 2 – Cagli’s Strategies in Context: Identity, Practice, Iconography

John Champagne (Penn State Behrend), Corrado Cagli and the Italian Vice. Reconfiguring the History of Modern Homosexuality

Filippo Bosco (Scuola Normale Superiore), Lines of Marginality: Dedication, Repetition, and Constraint in Cagli’s Draftsmanship of Exile

Caterina Caputo (IUAV, Venice), Corrado Cagli and the Surrealist Circle in New York in the 1940s: Artworks and Contexts

3:30PM – Panel 3 – Departures and Returns: Art in Times of Exile and Displacement

Rachel Perry (University of Haifa), Survivor Artists in Italy: Regina Lichter-Liron’s Holocaust Album, 1939-1945

Davide Spagnoletto (Università di Roma Tre), Jewish Roots in Exile: from Corrado Cagli to Dario Viterbo

Peter Benson Miller (Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio), Corrado Cagli and Eugene Berman: Partners in Exile



The Corrado Cagli Study Day at CIMA is made possible with the generous support of the Tiro a Segno Foundation.