An Evening of Poetry and Music Inspired by Metaphysical Art

30 May 2019

In celebration of the end of our season, join us for a special final event of poetry and music inspired by Metaphysical Painting. Presented in collaboration with Innuan and A Public Space, for the first time at CIMA we will host a live music performance intertwined with a dramatic reading of Giorgio de Chirico’s poems, written from the 1910s through the 1970s, recently translated into English by celebrated American poet Stefania Heim.

Before and after the performance, make sure to toast with us with a glass of prosecco to salute another season of modern Italian art in NYC!

This special program will have discounted tickets for members and students.

Registration required.


Program schedule:

6 – 6.30pm – registration, aperitivo, and viewing of Metaphysical Masterpieces

6:30 – 7.45pm – Music and Poetry Program (Poems by de Chirico read by Stefania Heim; Music by Alessandro Rolla, Niccolò Paganini, Stefano Gervasoni, George Frideric Handel, Roxana Pavel Halvorsen, performed by Inmo Yang and Dana Kelley).

8pm – evening concludes

For more information:

Stefania Heim is the author of the poetry collections A Table That Goes On for Miles (Switchback Books, 2014) and HOUR BOOK (Ahsahta Books, 2019). Geometry of Shadows, her book of translations of metaphysical artist Giorgio de Chirico’s Italian poems, will be published in a bilingual edition by A Public Space Books in May. Stefania is the recipient of a 2019 Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Copies of the book will be available for sale.

The mission of Innuan is to bring positive and transformative experience, creating a fully immersive experience for all patrons of the arts. They believe that combining music and art can create a visual, sonic and spatial experience all its own – “a symphony of senses.” For the past two years, they have been proud to present numerous collaborations with different art institutions and galleries including Cornell University Johnson Museum of Art, Columbia University Zukerman Institute, and Pratt Institute Gallery House. 

Inmo Yang violin | Winner of 2015 Paganini International Violin Competition

Dana Kelley viola | Winner of Sphinx, member of Argus String Quartet

Korean violinist Inmo Yang has been hailed by the Boston Globe for his “…seamless technique and a tender warmth of tone,” combined with “…an ability to project an engaging sense of inner sincerity through his playing.” In March 2015, he won the 54th International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini” in Genoa, Italy, marking the first time–since 2006–that the Paganini Competition jury awarded First Prize. He also garnered the following special prizes: Youngest finalist, Best performance of the contemporary original piece, and Performance most appreciated by the audience–confirming The Violin Channel’s praise of Inmo as “one of the new generation’s most talented young string virtuosi.”

Violist Dana Kelley has been a top prizewinner in the Sphinx Music Competition and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. She is a member of the Argus Quartet, the 2017-2019 Graduate Quartet in Residence at The Juilliard School. The Argus Quartet was named the First Prize Winners of both of the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.

Full bios here.


MEMBERS ONLY TOUR: Magazzino Italian Art

16 May 2019

On Thursday May 16, CIMA invites members on a private tour of Magazzino Italian Art, an art warehouse co-founded by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu located in the Hudson Valley in Cold Spring, New York. The tour will be led by Francesco Guzzetti, Magazzino scholar-in-residence and former Fall 2014 CIMA fellow!

Situated in an impressive, 20,000 square-foot building designed by Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo and based on an existing warehouse, Magazzino is devoted to Post-War and Contemporary Italian visual culture. Particularly notable is the museum’s array of works from the Arte Povera movement, which are drawn largely from the Olnick Spanu collection. Since March 1, 2018, Magazzino has held an ongoing show that features 12 major artists associated with Arte Povera, including Alghiero Boetti, Luciano Fabro, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Poalini, and Michelangelo Pistoletto. Comprehensively examining the careers of these figures, as well as the socio-cultural, political, and economic factors that impacted their work during the 1960s and ’70s, the scope of this exhibition reflects one of Magazzino’s most crucial objectives: to educate visitors about the historical background from which the artists and artwork of Arte Povera emerged and, in turn, promote appreciation for a movement that is often overlooked by American audiences.

Members who wish to join us for this special tour of Magazzino and its rich exhibition of Post-War art should plan to arrive at the museum or at the Cold Spring train station by 11am. The warehouse can be reached easily from New York by car or train (the Cold Spring train station is served by Metro-North Railroad trains on the Hudson Line and leave from Grand Central every hour). Those driving may meet us directly at the museum, while those taking the train should wait in the parking lot of the Cold Spring train station, where they will be picked up by shuttle buses sent by Magazzino.  Before finalizing your travel plans, we ask that you review the visitor information provided on Magazzino’s website and take note of the warehouse’s limited parking.

We look forward to seeing you in Cold Spring!

Please note: CIMA members will receive a private invitation link to RSVP for this event. Limited to 20 members only!

If you want to join CIMA Staff and Fellows for the train ride please send us an email at

Photo credit: Marco Anelli, Gallery 1, Magazzino Italian Art.



07 May 2019

CIMA is pleased to welcome celebrated American artist David Salle for a special evening on Metaphysical Painting from the artist’s perspective. In addition to discussing his own practice and new projects, Salle, “one of our most daring and intelligent painters” (as defined by art critic Deborah Solomon), will respond to the exhibition on view, offering contemporary perspectives on the works of Giorgio Morandi, Carlo Carrà, and Mario Sironi.

David Salle helped define the post-modern sensibility by combining figuration with an extremely varied pictorial language. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at museums and galleries worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; MoMA Vienna; Menil Collection, Houston; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, Bilbao. His paintings are in the collections of many major museums, both here and abroad.

Although known primarily as a painter, Salle’s work grows out of a long-standing involvement with performance. Over the last 25 years he has worked extensively with choreographer Karole Armitage, creating sets and costumes for many of her ballets and operas. Their collaborations have been staged at venues throughout Europe and America, including The Metropolitan Opera House; The Paris Opera; Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Opera Deutsche, Berlin. In 1995, Salle directed the feature film Search and Destroy, starring Griffin Dunne and Christopher Walken. Salle is also a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. His collection of essays HOW TO SEE: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art, was published by W.W. Norton in 2016.

This special program will have discounted tickets for members and students.

Registration required.


Program schedule:

6pm – registration, aperitivo, and viewing of Metaphysical Masterpieces

6:15pm – program begins, followed by audience Q&A

8pm – evening concludes


Photo credit: David Salle, Grey Honeymoon, 2018–2019. Oil and acrylic on linen, 74 x 104 inches. © David Salle/VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY courtesy of Skarstedt, NY.


Refreshments have been generously donated by:




Special Open Hours for Downtown Culture Walk

27 April 2019

SoHo Arts Network (SAN) is pleased to present Downtown Culture Walk, self-guided walking tour presented by the SoHo Arts Network (SAN), highlighting the non-profit art spaces in the SoHo and downtown neighborhoods. SAN celebrates the rich history of our unique creative community and collectively shares our distinct cultura contributions with neighborhood residents and visitors. On April 27, in conjunction with the METAPHYSICAL MASTERPIECES STUDY DAYS, CIMA opens its doors for Downtown Culture Walk, inviting participants to discover the non-profit art spaces in the neighborhood.

Do not miss this opportunity to see our Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916–1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà exhibition!

Participating SAN members are 80 Washington Square East (80WSE), New York University; apexart; AIA New York | Center for Architecture; CIMA–Center for Italian Modern Art; Dia Art Foundation; The Drawing Center; Grey Art Gallery, New York University; ICP Museum; Judd Foundation; Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation; Museum of Chinese in America; New Museum; The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation; SoHo Photo Gallery; Storefront for Art and Architecture; Swiss Institute; and The Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery.

Click here for the Downtown Culture Walk map.

Art in America is the media partner for SoHo Arts Network’s Downtown Culture Walk.

About the SoHo Arts Network
The SoHo Arts Network (SAN) fosters collaboration between nonprofit arts institutions in the vicinity of New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Founded in 2014, the network celebrates the rich history of SoHo’s unique creative community and advances the area’s continued cultural contributions to the lives of both residents and visitors. Its mission includes increasing awareness of the neighborhood’s continuing importance as an arts district.


The Nostalgia of the Poet: An Homage to Giorgio de Chirico

27 April 2019

In conjunction with our METAPHYSICAL MASTERPIECES STUDY DAYS, CIMA is pleased to host a dramatic reading of poems devoted to the Italian modern master Giorgio de Chirico. On this occasion, the Italian poet Gabriele Tinti’s recent poetry project The Nostalgia of the Poet: An Homage to Giorgio de Chirico, will be presented at CIMA through readings by American actor Vincent Piazza.

Capturing the themes and moods of de Chirico’s enigmatic paintings, Tinti’s writings were recently published in “Metaphysical Art – The de Chirico Journals,” (n. 14/16, August 2016) as a complement to the inaugural English edition of Giorgio de Chirico’s Collected Poems (which itself comprises 90 poems and poems in prose translated from the original French by Willard Bohn and the original Italian by Stefania Heim). Tinti’s poems have been translated into English from their original Italian and will be read aloud at CIMA by Piazza. This group of poems as part of Tinti’s The Nostalgia of the Poet series (recently held at LACMA and at the Pinacoteca di Brera), in which he has gathered writings, verses, fragments, and short essays.


For the full program of the conference see here.

A recent recipient of the 2018 Montale Poetry Award, Gabriele Tinti is an Italian poet and writer. In collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Roman Museum, the Capitolini Museums, the Archeological Museum in Naples, the Ara Pacis Museums and the Glyptothek of Munich, he has composed poems devoted to various ancient works of art including the Boxer at Rest, the Discobolus, Arundel Head, the Ludovisi Gaul, the Victorious Youth, the Farnese Hercules, the Hercules by Scopas, the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon, the Barberini Faun and many other masterpieces. His compositions have been performed by actors like Joe Mantegna, Michael Imperioli, Burt Young, Marton Csokas, Alessandro Haber, Robert Davi, Luigi Lo Cascio, Enrico Lo Verso, Vincent Piazza and Franco Nero. In 2016, he published Last words (Skira Rizzoli) a collection of found poetry featuring illustrations by Andres Serrano.

Vincent Piazza is an American film, television and stage actor. He is best known for his portrayal of the gangster Lucky Luciano in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014). His other notable roles include Earl Hefner in the comedy-drama Rocket Science (2007) and the singer Tommy De Vito in Clint Eastwood ‘s film adaptation of Jersey Boys (2014).


The Metafisica Solution: How to Discuss Fascist-Era Architecture Without Controversy

26 April 2019

As part of the METAPHYSICAL MASTERPIECES STUDY DAYS, CIMA is pleased to welcome Prof. Mia Fuller to present her keynote from 6pm – 7:30pm:

The Metafisica Solution:

How to Discuss Fascist-Era Architecture Without Controversy

The term ‘metaphysical’ associated with the paintings of de Chirico and Carrà has, beyond its origins in the early 20th century, played an epiphenomenal role in post-World War II discussions of fascist-era architecture. Finding the 1934 Rationalist-designed town of Sabaudia too ‘good’ simply to be called ‘fascist,’ in the 1970s intelligentsia figures Pasolini and Moravia whitewashed the regime from it rhetorically, using the term città metafisica to describe the town and thereby placing it in an artificially apolitical zone of architectural history. In my talk I will trace this use of ‘metaphysical’ up through the architectural publications that popularized it through the 2000s, avoiding discussions about political origins and with them, political legacies. I will contextualize my presentation visually through a range of designs created in Italy under fascism, and in the Italian colonies. Finally, I will turn to recent controversies in Italy regarding the continued uses of fascist-era buildings and monuments.

Mia Fuller is an Associate Professor of Italian Studies at the University of California – Berkeley. She is a cultural anthropologist and urban-architectural historian who has published extensively on architecture and city planning in the Italian colonies, winning the International Planning History Society book prize for Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian Imperialism (published by Routledge in 2007). She has also written on post-Italian Libya; how Eritrea capitalizes on the built environment Italians left behind; and the historiography of Italian architecture and the arts under fascism. Her research has been supported by a Rome Prize, a Fulbright Grant, and Fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.

Professor Fuller is currently in residence at the National Humanities Center working on a book on the force (or lack of force) of old fascist symbols that still exist in Italy, especially in the Pontine Marshes area, where Mussolini’s largest land-reclamation project took place in the 1930s. This is a long-term project involving intermittent ethnographic fieldwork – started twenty years ago – as well as memory studies, the historical sociology of migration, oral history, and theories of monumentality.

Free for students and CIMA members.


Program schedule:

The event is part of the METAPHYSICAL MASTERPIECES STUDY DAYS and will be preceded by a prosecco aperitivo at 5pm. Presentation begins at 6pm, followed by a Q&A.



26 April 2019

Day 1: Friday, April 26 (10am – 5pm; prosecco aperitivo; keynote talk at 6pm)
Day 2: Saturday, April 27 (10am – 1pm)

CIMA hosts the Metaphysical Masterpieces Study Days on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, 2019. These annual events offer an opportunity for CIMA’s fellows to share their new research alongside other scholars, in the intimate, collaborative environment of the exhibition space—a rare opportunity to discuss the artists’ career while surrounded by numerous examples of their work.

The Study Days aim to further investigate the major themes of CIMA’s annual installation, as well as to offer new insights into the general debate on Metaphysical Art, in sessions conceived by the 2018–2019 CIMA Fellows following an open call for papers.


FULL PROGRAM SCHEDULE BELOW.  For abstracts of the papers and bios of their authors, click here

*$15 the recommended donation for both days, includes lunch and reception on Friday.

Friday, April 26

10 am – 10.30am

Metaphysical Masterpieces exhibition viewing and registration

Welcome by Emma Lewis, Executive Director of CIMA

10.30am – 1pm

From Collecting to Exhibiting Metaphysical Paintings (Chair: Carlotta Castellani)

Followed by Q&A

Emanuele Greco (University of Florence, Italy): The origins of an ambiguity: considerations on the exhibition strategies of metaphysical painting in the exhibits of the group “Valori Plastici”, 1921-1922

Caterina Caputo (CIMA fellow): Building an Identity for Italian Contemporary Art during the Fascist Ventennio: the case of Rino Valdameri’s Collection

Nicol Mocchi (Soprintendenza, Milan): Metaphysical Art in James Thrall Soby’s travel notebooks

Erica Bernardi (CIMA fellow): “Intellectual lucubrations:” Lamberto Vitali, Giorgio Morandi and Metaphysical art

1pm – 2.30pm

lunch break

2.30 – 5pm

Crossing Borders: Dialogues through Magazines (Chair: Caterina Caputo)

Followed by Q&A

 Simona Storchi (University of Leicester, UK): Metaphysical Networks, Metaphysical Writing: Artistic Theorization and Modernist Magazines 1918-1922

Carlotta Castellani (CIMA fellow): The political satire in Italy and in Germany during the Red Biennium: Mario Sironi and George Grosz

Maria Elena Versari (Carnegie Mellon University): “Chiriko wird Akademikprofessor. Expectations, Misunderstandings and Appropriations of Pittura Metafisica in the 1920s European Avant-Garde”

Filippo Bosco (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa): «Italienspielerei»: Italian and German painting from metafisica to Magischer Realismus

5 – 6pm

Aperitivo reception


Mia Fuller (University of Berkeley): The Metafisica Solution: How to Discuss Fascist-Era Architecture Without Controversy

Saturday, April 27

10 am – 10.20am

Metaphysical Masterpieces exhibition viewing and registration


Poetry reading with Italian poet Gabriele Tinti & American actor Vincent Piazza, The nostalgia of the poet, an homage to Giorgio de Chirico 

11 am – 1pm

Metaphysical Art and Literature (Chair: Erica Bernardi)

Followed by Q&A

Damian Dombrowski (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany): “Sentimento del contrario:” De Chirico’s irony and Pirandello’s “umorismo”

Irena Kossowska (Copernicus University, Torun): In Search for a “New Man”: Bruno Schulz and Giorgio de Chirico

Renato Barilli (University of Bologna): Italian Art in the ’20s and ’70s: Affinities and Differences

Concluding Round Table with CIMA fellows


2 – 6pm

CIMA Special Open Hours for Downtown Culture Walk. Click here for the map!


Aperitivo & Drawing Night

16 April 2019

CIMA opens its unique and intimate setting to artists, students, and others interested in trying their hand at studying works from the Metaphysical Masterpieces exhibition through drawing — interacting with, analyzing, and drawing inspiration from Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà’s art.

Expanding upon the premise that drawing is the most optimal way to apprehend a work of art, this Drawing Night, led by artist Kaitlin McDonough (New York Studio School), will present close-looking and transcription techniques as methods for understanding, empathizing and seeing.

All skill levels welcome!
Limited to 30 participants.

Sold out!

Event Schedule:

6pm – Registration and exhibition viewing

6:10pm – Introduction by Kaitlin McDonough

6:30-7:30pm – Drawing in CIMA’s galleries

7:30pm – Discussion

8pm – Evening concludes

About the artist:

Kaitlin McDonough paints exuberant abstractions, often incorporating objects and nontraditional supports. Equally fascinated by imagery and materiality, her content originates from the sensual inextricability of both. The resulting paintings highlight her interests in performative language, strategy, and energy technology. McDonough received her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her BFA from Boston University, Summa cum laude. Prior to being based in New York, Kaitlin lived and worked in Venice, Italy and Rome, Italy where she developed a close relationship with Italian art of the past and present. Her work has been exhibited throughout Italy–in Venice, Rome, Vicenza, Bologna, Verona–and in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Serbia. She is the recipient of the Temple University Project Completion Grant and has participated in a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Kaitlin McDonough is currently the Program Director and member of the Faculty at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture where her courses focus on drawing strategies, Color, and Painting on Paper.

*Please note that guests are allowed to bring their own supplies but only sketching materials are permitted. No water media, ink, or solvents are allowed in the galleries.

Pencils and paper have been generously donated by Blick Art Materials. Refreshments have been generously donated by:



13 April 2019

The Center for Italian Modern Art is pleased to announce a workshop, for children age 6 -11, led by museum educators and scholars in residence. By incorporating close observation with guided conversation and an artistic activity, children develop meaningful and lasting relationships with art in an intimate exhibition environment.

Children explore the exhibition Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920, Morandi, Sironi and Carrà and discover how Giorgio Morandi sees and interprets ordinary objects of everyday life. Working with crayons, colored pencils and artisanal papers, participants will use their newfound knowledge from the exhibition, to make their own representation around the question: what makes a still life painting, a still life?


(Please note 1 reservation admits an adult and a child)


3:30pm — Welcome

3.45pm — Start of the activity: Tour of the exhibition and Workshop with creative activity

5.15pm — End of program

Please note: At least one caretaker must remain at CIMA for the entire duration of the program. While the children are engaged in their creative activity, caretakers are invited to enjoy an Italian coffee, read books from CIMA’s library, peruse newspapers or tour CIMA’s Metaphysical Masterpieces, 1916–1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà exhibition.

Franca Bombieri was born and raised in Italy where she attended the Liceo Artistico (Art School) in Venice. She continued her studies at Ca’ Foscari University, and later received her Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts with concentration in Art History in New York City. In New York, Franca taught at the Rudolf Steiner School for fifteen years during which she also traveled to Kenya for three consecutive summers to work with the Samburu Tribe, developing a school program that would reflect their culture.

Franca has been able to fuse together her formal education with her experience as a teacher by teaching art classes to children and their care-givers at the Art Barge, the Victor d’Amico Institute of Art in Amagansett NY. Franca’s passion has been finding ways to communicate art to children and teenagers based on cognitive development, as she believes that art is a powerful form of expression that delivers and fosters communication. She has been a volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Access Department of Education for these past five years, and is currently enrolled in the Docent Program.


Can I leave my child?

At least one caretaker must remain at CIMA for the entire duration of the program. We invite you to relax, enjoy an espresso, our exhibition and library during this time.

Will you have programs for other ages?

CIMA is expanding its family programs and will be posting new events and activities for additional age groups.

Please contact for any further questions.




10 April 2019

The year 1920 marked the turning-point in Italy’s postwar crisis. Left-wing agitation and the threat of revolution reached their climax in September 1920, with the occupation of Italy’s largest factories by the workers. In Turin, Antonio Gramsci emerged as the theorist of the factory council movement as an authentic expression of the revolutionary proletariat. A minority of the Futurists responded by forging links with the Proletkult movement in the Soviet Union. However, Soviet collectivism troubled Marinetti, and many artists, who reasserted the primacy of the individual

However, the failure of the Socialist leadership to seize the occasion to convert their revolutionary rhetoric into action led to profound disillusionment, and to the secession of the left wing of the Socialist party, completed at the Congress of Livorno in January 1921 with the foundation of the Italian Communist party.

The reaction was not long in coming. It started not in the industrial cities but in provincial cities like Bologna and Ferrara, and in their rural hinterland, where the control exercised by the Socialist movement through their organization of agricultural laborers posed an even greater threat to property than the working-class movement in the cities. The reaction took the form of squadrismo: the armed action of the squads organized by the Fascist movement, which won its first symbolic victory with the occupation of the town hall of Bologna, and the expulsion of the newly elected Socialist council. The Fascist movement attracted wide sympathy from those who saw it as a legitimate patriotic response Socialist internationalism and a “defeatist” refusal to celebrate Italy’s victory in 1918. The artist Ottone Rosai was a typical representative of this tendency. However, even as the Fascist movement continued to expand rapidly, some of its original adherents dissociated themselves from it, on the grounds that it no longer represented the cause of “national revolution,” and had become the tool of social reaction.

The rapid political changes of 1920 left many artists perplexed, dissatisfied with the major artistic movements (Futurism or Metafisica) and searching for new directions. Mario Sironi, while refusing any idea of a return to the past, abandoned the optimism of the early Futurists in favor of a stark and pessimistic vision of the new urban reality, while actively contributing as a cartoonist to Mussolini’s Popolo d’Italia. Giorgio Morandi turned away from the public sphere of controversy and sought his inspiration in an intensely private and solitary vision.

Adrian Lyttelton is Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University Center in Bologna. His previous appointments include Professor of Modern History, University of Reading; Resident Professor of History, Bologna Center; Professor of European History, University of Pisa. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley and at the American Academy in Rome. He is the author of The Seizure of Power: Fascism in Italy 1919–1929 as well as of many other publications on the Twentieth century Italian and European History.

FREE for CIMA members and students. Registration required.


Program schedule:

6pm – registration, aperitivo, and viewing of Metaphysical Masterpieces

6:15pm – program begins, followed by audience Q&A

8pm – evening concludes

Refreshments have been generously donated by: