A Study Day on Alfred Barr and Margaret Scolari Barr

23 April 2015 / 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CIMA is excited to present a Study Day on Alfred Barr and Margaret Scolari Barr, on April 23. Alfred Barr (1902-81), the first director of the Museum of Modern Art, and Margaret Scolari Barr (1901-87), art historian and author of the first book in English on Medardo Rosso, played a crucial role in introducing modern Italian art to the United States.

MoMA hosted the landmark exhibition Twentieth-Century Italian Art in 1949, and held the first museum show in the United States dedicated to Medardo Rosso in 1963. CIMA hosts a study day focused on the couple — their connections to Italy, to Medardo Rosso, and to the promotion of modern art more generally.





1.00pm – registration

1.30pm – Welcome: Heather Ewing, Executive Director, CIMA

Introductory Remarks: Alfred Barr and Gianni Mattioli
Laura Mattioli, President, CIMA

2:00pm – Out of the Chart: Barr’s Struggle with Italian Art
Raffaele Bedarida, doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY; CIMA Fellow 2013-14

2.30pm – MoMA’s Italian Art Collection: A Debate Between Alfred Barr and Gio Ponti
Davide Colombo, postdoctoral researcher, University of Milan; Terra Foundation Fellow 2014

3.00pm  Q&A; conversation; coffee break

4.00pm – Margaret Scolari Barr and Medardo Rosso
Francesco Guzzetti, doctoral candidate at Scuola Normale, Pisa; CIMA Fellow 2014-15

4.30pm  – Discoveries from the Margaret Scolari Barr Papers at the MoMA Archives
Elena Cordova, Project Archivist, MoMA Archives

5.00pm –  Alfred Barr and Josef Albers
Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

5.30pm – Q&A; conversation

6pm – reception and tours of the Medardo Rosso installation led by CIMA’s fellows