We’ve expanded our schedule to allow more of you to come and see our critically acclaimed exhibition, Facing America: Mario Schifano, 1960–65.

No offering guided tours on Fridays at 11am, 2pm, and 6pm, plus open hours on Saturdays from 11am to 6pm.

Advance registration is still mandatory and you can plan your visit here.


Schifano and friends: Jim Dine

April 21 2021 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The series of talks and conversations with art historians, writers, curators, and artists, highlights thematic and aesthetic intersections between the work of Mario Schifano and his American peers.

This talk and Q&A by Daniela Lancioni, Senior Curator, Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Rome, will introduce the figure of Jim Dine and hint at possible relationships between Schifano’s and Dine’s work.

Daniela Lancioni was born in 1959 in Rome where she currently lives. She is senior curator at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. Between 2009 and 2002 she founded and directed the Spazio per l’arte contemporanea Tor Bella Monaca. Among the exhibitions she has curated at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni: Jim Dine, 2020; Mostre in mostra, 2019; Cesare Tacchi. Una retrospettiva, 2018; Anni 70. Arte a Roma, 2013-2014; Carlos Amorales, 2011; Giulio Paolini. Gli uni e gli altri (L’enigma dell’ora), 2010. Among the exhibitions she curated at the Spazio per l‘arte contemporanea: 20 mostre a La Salita tra il 1960 e il 1978, 1998-1999; Giacinto Cerone, 1999-2000; David Tremlett, 2000; Giuseppe Penone. Spoglia d’oro su spine d’acacia, 2002. She has curated additionally, Italia contemporanea. Officina San Lorenzo, MART, Rovereto 2009; Tano Festa. Da Mondrian a Michelangelo. Opere dal 1963 al 1978, Cinecittàdue arte contemporanea, Rome 2005. Among her publications: Roma in mostra 1970-1979. Materiali per la documentazione di mostre azioni performance dibattiti, Rome 1995; Giulio Paolini. Quadrante, Rome 2002, curated catalogues include: Incontri…Dalla collezione di Graziella Lonardi Buontempo, Rome 2003; Giuseppe Penone, Rome 2008; she has collaborated also on the monographs Spalletti, Naples 1999; Giuseppe Penone The Inner Life of Forms, New York 2018.

Online event. REGISTER HERE.

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Something Else: Schifano and Music – James Demby

May 06 2021 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This mini-series of conversations highlights the intersections between the work of Mario Schifano, the world of Jazz music, and Schifano’s own involvement in the underground music scene of the 1960s.

This conversation and Q&A with James Demby, musician, composer and professor at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence, will explore Schifano’s passion for the New York Jazz scene and its echoes in the Rome of those years.

James Demby is a musician, composer, and professor of Teoria ritmica e percezione musicale at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence, Italy, where he also directs the course of Ewe drums. The son of actress and screenplay writer Lucia Drudi and African-American poet and novelist William Demby, James personally knew Schifano since the 1960s thanks to his family’s connections to the Italian art world of the era. His family collection included works by major Italian artists, such as Fabio Mauri, Mario Schifano, and Toti Scialoja.

This program is made free to the public thanks to support from:


Schifano and Friends: Frank O’Hara

May 20 2021 / 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

This talk, part of a broader series titled Schifano and Friends will cover the Italian artist’s friendship with poet Frank O’Hara, as well as the reciprocal influence each had on the other.

This series of talks and conversations with art historians, writers, artists, and curators, will highlight thematic and aesthetic intersections between the work of Schifano and that of American artists from the 1950s and 1960s.

Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet and art critic whose numerous books include Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002,  The Afterglow of Minor Pop Masterpieces and The Miraculous. He edited the anthology Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of their Practice and is widely known for his articles on “provisional painting.” His poetry has appeared in, among other places, Grand StreetFence and Harper’s Magazine and in Best American Poetry 2015. From 1997 to 2007 he was a senior editor at Art in America, where he continues to be a contributing editor. He is currently professor of critical studies at the University of Houston. In 2002, the French government presented him with the award of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2010, his blog The Silo won a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. In 2014 The Silo was given a Best Blog Award of Excellence by the International Association of Art Critics. In April 2017, The Miraculous: Houston, a public-art installation by artist and wife Heather Bause Rubinstein, based on his book The Miraculous, debuted as part of the CounterCurrent Festival.

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This program is made free to the public thanks to support from:


Schifano and Friends: Larry Rivers

June 10 2021 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This talk and Q&A, part of a broader series titled Schifano and Friends, will explore the relationship between Larry Rivers’ work and that of Mario Schifano.

A talk by David Joel, Executive Director of the Larry Rivers Foundation, with the participation of “Facing America” curator Francesco Guzzetti. The talk will focus on the life and art of Larry Rivers, while looking at connections to Mario Schifano’s art.

Online event. REGISTER HERE.

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