New York, NY: Italian Art – A New Exhibition


April 19, 2017

About “New York New York. Italian Art: The Rediscovery of America,” a new exhibition in Milan

Join us to learn about a new exhibition opening this month in Milan at the Museo Novecento, New York, New York: Italian Art: The Rediscovery of America—which explores the contacts that Italian artists had with the United States in the 20th century and the role they played in the gradual internationalization of the art world. Former CIMA Fellow Raffaele Bedarida, now a professor at Cooper Union, will be in conversation with the curator of the exhibition, Francesco Tedeschi, a professor at the Università Cattolica in Milan.

The exhibition explores the relationship with the United States experienced by artists such as Fortunato Depero, Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Mimmo Rotella, and Ugo Mulas—covering movements from Futurism to Pop Art. Touching on some crucial moments in the lives and works of the protagonists of the show, the conversation at CIMA will focus on the importance of cultural exchange across the Atlantic and look at Americanism in the construction of Italy’s national identity as the United States emerged as a global power.


Former CIMA Fellows Raffaele Bedarida and Nicol Maria Mocchi both contributed to the catalogue.

Francesco Tedeschi is professor in History of Contemporary Art at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. His main research areas are 19th-century Italian sculpture; the historical avantgardes of the first part of 20th century; and the relationship between Italian and American art in the postwar period. He has realized exhibitions and written essays on Italian artists such as Lucio Fontana, Afro, Pietro Consagra, Tancredi, Giuseppe Santomaso, Emilio Isgrò, Mauro Staccioli, Antonio Sanfilippo, Dadamaino, and Turi Simeti. He has edited the catalogue raisonné of the Intesa Sanpaolo collection of Twentieth Century Italian Art and curating the presentation of the same in the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan. Among his publications are La Scuola di New York. Origini, vicende e protagonisti (Milan, 2004) and Il mondo ridisegnato. Arte e geografia nella contemporaneità (Milan, 2011).

Raffaele Bedarida is an art historian and curator specializing in art, politics, and cultural diplomacy between Italy and the United States in the 20th century.  One of two inaugural Fellows at CIMA during the 2013-14 season on Fortunato Depero, Bedarida is now Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Cooper Union and he regularly lectures at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and at MoMA.