Mario Schifano Study Days

CIMA hosts the international conference Mario Schifano Study Days on October 20, 21, 22, 23. This annual event offers an opportunity for CIMA’s fellows to share their new research alongside other scholars.

The Study Days aim to investigate the major themes of CIMA’s annual exhibition, Facing America: Mario Schifano, 1960-1965, curated by Dr. Francesco Guzzetti, as well as to contribute to the general debate on Mario Schifano. The sessions of this international conference were conceived by the 2020–2021 CIMA Fellows, following an open call for papers.

Please note: due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the keynote address and the first three sessions of the conference (October 20, 21, 22) will be held online as Zoom seminars. The final day of the conference will be held in-person at CIMA on Saturday, October 23.

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Full program schedule below:

ONLINE SESSIONS

Wednesday, October 20, 10-11:30AM EST: Keynote Lecture

Thomas Crow (NYU, Institute of Fine Arts), New York Pop Art as an Immigrant Affair

Wednesday, October 20, 12-1:30PM EST: Schifano Pop-olare (Chair: Carlotta Vacchelli)

Ginevra Addis (Università Cattolica, Milano), Mario Schifano’s Cultural War on US Pop Art from 1960 to 1965: from Artworks to Art Critics

Flavia Frigeri (National Portrait Gallery, London), On and Off Screen: Mario Schifano’s Tele-Visual Painting

Paola Di Giammaria (Musei Vaticani, Rome), Photography in Mario Schifano’s Painting. Genesis and Narrations

Giorgia Gastaldon (Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, Italy), Not (only) an American Story: Mario Schifano and the Italian Pop Way

Thursday, October 21, 12-1:30PM EST: Schifano’s Long Shadow: Citation and Literary Encounters (Chair: Virginia Magnaghi)

Matthew Holman (University College, London), Across Endless Oceans: Words & Drawings (1964) and Citational Practice

Mae Losasso (Royal Holloway, University of London), Definition of Blue: Mario Schifano, John Ashbery and the Shadow of Giorgio de Chirico

Carlotta Vacchelli (CIMA Fellow), A Transcultural Figure. Portrayals of Mario Schifano from the 1990s to the 2010s

Friday, October 22, 12-1:30PM EST: Framing the Gaze. Schifano’s Artistic Practice in the 1960s (Chair: Biancalucia Maglione)

Francesco Guzzetti (Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy), Mario Schifano’s Early Works on Paper

Giovanni Lusi (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy), Re-reading Schifano’s Leonardo: between Twombly and Rauschenberg

Virginia Magnaghi (CIMA Fellow), Reportage, Impression, Anemia. Mario Schifano’s Landscapes between Rome and New York (1963-66)

Raffaella Perna (Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy), Revolutionary Utopia: Franco Angeli and Mario Schifano in 1968

IN-PERSON SESSIONS

Saturday, October 23

10-10:30AM EST:

Conference registration and exhibition viewing

Welcome remarks from CIMA President, Laura Mattioli

Session 1, 10:30AM-12:00PM EST: Sources Revealed. Schifano between Politics and Art History (Chair: Aja Martin)

Laura Mattioli (CIMA President), Mario Schifano’s Encounter with Futurism in the 1960s

Marica Antonucci (CIMA Fellow), Mario Schifano and the Thorns of Realism

Filippo Bosco (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy), Schifano’s Drawings and their Function from the Sixties to the Seventies: Encounters, Redefinitions, Rediscoveries

Flavio Fergonzi and Luca Nigro (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy), Mario Schifano’s 1969 Festa cinese: Its Iconography and Sources

12:00PM-1:15PM EST: lunch break

Session 2, 1:15-2:30PM EST: Theoretical Discourses: Frames, Objects, and (Non)Figures (Chair: Marica Antonucci)

Aja Martin (CIMA Fellow), (Non)Figures within Mario Schifano and Frank O’Hara’s Words and Drawings

Biancalucia Maglione (CIMA Fellow), Shaping the View. Apertures on Schifano’s Painting through the Photographic “Syntax”

Alessandro Giammei (Bryn Mawr College, USA), Objects of Use: Mario Schifano & (New) Materialism

Final Roundtable: 2:30-3:00PM

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