Exhibition - Facing America: Mario Schifano, 1960–65

Saturday, Oct 23, 2021 at 11:00am

Center For Italian Modern Art
421 Broome Street,
New York, NY 10013

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For its 2021 season, the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) focuses on the early career of the painter Mario Schifano (1934–1998), looking at the years 1960–1965. A leading figure in Italian postwar and contemporary art, Schifano radically redefined the fundamental principles of painting through his multifaceted practice, as he marked the transition from postwar abstraction to the new figuration of the 1960s. Comprising works in various media, the exhibition focuses on the artist’s connections with the New York art scene, surveying the development from his so-called monochromes of the early 1960s to the figurative practice he developed between 1962 and 1965, when he incorporated a distinctive Pop imagery into his work. Through a selection of twenty works of arresting quality, the exhibition aims to present Schifano as a pivotal figure who bridged Italian modern and contemporary art.

About Francesco Guzzetti:

Francesco Guzzetti, Ph.D, holds a doctoral degree in History of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. His field of expertise is postwar and contemporary Italian art, with special focus on the connections with international pop, post-minimalist and conceptual art in the 1960s and the 1970s. Francesco’s research has been supported by various pre and post-doctoral fellowships and grants by institutions like CUNY Graduate Center and the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Harvard University, and Magazzino Italian Art Foundation in Cold Spring, NY. More recently, he has been the 2019-2020 post-doctoral fellow at the Drawing Institute at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. He curated exhibitions and published several essays on numerous subjects in the history of modern and contemporary art. His current exhibition and research projects revolve especially around the drawing practice in Italian art in the 1970s, the work of Giuseppe Penone, and the practice of the Italian painter Mario Schifano.

Exhibition Date: January 16, 2021 - November 13, 2021

In-Person Tours: $15 /visitor. Free for CIMA members.

CIMA’s signature fellow-guided tours are conducted in our spacious and meditative SoHo loft. Tours are by appointment only at 11am and 2pm on Fridays. No more than 8 visitors are permitted on a tour.

Open Hours: $10/visitor. Free for CIMA members.

Visitors to CIMA’s open hours can experience the exhibition on their own between 11am–4pm on Saturdays by appointment only.  Visits are timed and no more than 12 visitors are permitted per hour.

Virtual Fellow-Guided Tours: $10/visitor.

For its 2021 season CIMA will offer LIVE online discussions led by a fellow-in-residence. These presentations, enjoyed from the safety of your own home, reimagine CIMA’s signature visits. Tours are 45-minutes, maximum 20 people per group, and available on Sundays at 11am. Visitors will receive a private zoom link to access their tour 24 hours prior to the event.

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