Schifano and Jazz: An Evening of Music

October 20 2021 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In conjunction with the opening of the Schifano Study Days, join us for a special concert dedicated to Schifano’s passion for American Jazz. CIMA will host a live, unplugged music performance paying homage to the Jazz artists that influenced Schifano’s art, such as Miles Davis, Bud Powell, and Freddie Hubbard.

Before 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 CIMA members and students.

Registration, masking, and proof of vaccination required.


Program schedule:

6 – 6.30pm – registration, aperitivo, and viewing of Facing America: Mario Schifano, 1960-1965

6:30 – 7.30pm – Jazz performance by Stefan Zeniuk (bass clarinet), Cody Geil (violin), Ari Folman-Cohen (upright bass).

7:45pm – evening concludes

About the musicians:

Stefan Zeniuk is a NYC-born saxophonist, composer, animator and DJ.  He has released 4 albums with his 10-piece psycho-mambo group, Gato Loco.  His original stop-motion animations have been featured on NPR and Billboard.  He is the inventor of the Flame-O-Phone, a fire-breathing baritone sax, and has performed and recorded with bands ranging from Vampire Weekend to The Violent Femmes.  He is a weekly radio DJ on WKCR 89.9fm in NYC.


Cody Geil is a multi- instrumentalist and singer. She writes and records full string quartet arrangements and original compositions. Originally from Chicago Il, Cody is now based in New York City, and has released two original albums. Go with the Day, a collection of original world fusion instrumental compositions, and The Chase-Lion Tamer is an eclectic indie pop collaboration, which mixes looped violin lines, layered haunting vocals and catchy beats.


Ari Folman-Cohen is an eclectic and open minded musician and his repertoire and stylistic approach fuse the varied experiences he finds himself in. As bass player for Grammy award winning guitarist Stephane Wrembel he holds down exciting and sturdy Gypsy Jazz bass lines. In Avant Punk Mambo group Gato Loco he thrashes melodically on the electric bass. When playing with his ska and rocksteady project Pangari and The Socialites he supplies the melodic foundations. In addition to musical pursuits he works on his own film creation, as well as forays into short stories, cartoons and script writing.


Mario Schifano Study Days

October 20 2021 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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.



Full program schedule below:


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


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


Schifano and Friends: Anthony Foutz

October 28 2021 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This conversation and Q&A is part of a broader series titled Schifano and Friends, which explores the relationship and connections between Mario Schifano and the work of other American and Italian artists and intellectuals.

Anthony Foutz, American writer and filmmaker, spent formative years alongside Schifano in 1960s Rome, where the two interacted with major protagonists of the literary, artistic, cinematographic, and musical scene of the era, such as Anita Pallenberg, the Rolling Stones, Marco Ferreri, Ugo Tognazzi, Ettore Rosboch, Sam Shepard.

Foutz’s conversation with CIMA Fellow Aja Martin will focus on Schifano’s experimental cinematographic production in the 1960s.

Online event. REGISTER HERE.

Free public access to this event is made possible thanks to funding from:


A Night among the Poets: Conversations on Ekphrasis

November 05 2021 / 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


As our Mario Schifano season comes to its conclusion, let’s celebrate the creative writers in our community with a special event at the crossroads between art and literature!

Mario Schifano’s art has been a constant source of inspiration for writers and poets, from the Words and Drawings collaboration between Schifano and Frank O’Hara, to the poems dedicated to Schifano by Gerard Malanga and Dacia Maraini. Schifano’s visual universe is a repository of images and emotions that writers have explored in prose and verse.

The event will start with a fellow-guided tour of our current exhibition, Facing America: Mario Schifano, 1960-1965. After the tour, writers in attendance will have an opportunity to sit in front of the artworks and attend to the composition of short poems. We hope you will agree to share your poems with CIMA, and the best ones will be published in our social media accounts! .

Light refreshments will be served at the beginning of the event.


General Admission: $15

CIMA Members: Free