CIMA is Closing


June 23 - December 31, 2024

June 14, 2024

Dear Friends of CIMA,

I am writing to inform you that, following a decade plus of critically acclaimed cultural initiatives, the Center for Italian Modern Art will bring its mission to a close at the end of our current exhibition, on June 22, 2024.

This was not an easy decision. CIMA opened in 2013 with the goal of promoting the study and public appreciation of modern and contemporary Italian art and we’re so proud to have brought thirteen major exhibitions to New York. These exhibitions explored the work of well-established and lesser-known modern Italian artists, opened new dialogues on the role of Italy in the global history of modern and contemporary art, and shed new light on the artistic exchanges between Italy and the United States during the course of the 20th century.

Most importantly, CIMA and its exhibitions have served as the platform for the scholarly work of 42 Residential Fellows and 10 Travel Fellows, most of whom have since moved on to other prestigious fellowships and professional careers in academia, museum institutions, and education. Many of the scholarly books and articles they have published carry a special connection to the studies they began while fellows in our institution. Meeting these fellows was a constant source of learning and inspiration for us, and we know that many of you enjoyed the opportunity to meet and converse with them during our tours, scholarly conferences, and public events.

I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your interest and participation in our activities over the years.

At present, we are holding conversations with various cultural institutions to find the place that will best preserve CIMA’s archival documentation, including the video archive of public events, and the online academic journal. It is our goal that these resources will continue to remain accessible to scholars and to the general public, free of charge.

It has been a real honor and a pleasure to get to know you over the course of these years: your presence has been vital to the intellectual life of our institution, and we hope we will continue to remain in touch for many years to come.


Laura Mattioli