Magazzino's new film series, Cinema in Piazza, will screen 12 films about Italian and post-war artists.
What began for Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu as a shared love of Murano glass in the 1990s, grew into one of the world's largest collection of Postwar and Contemporary Italian art. A year ago, they opened Magazzino Italian Art, a 20,000-square-foot "art warehouse space" in Cold Spring, NY dedicated to widening public appreciation and education of Post-war and Contemporary Italian Art in the United States.
A new film series, Cinema in Piazza, organized by Magazzino in collaboration with Artecinema and Cold Spring Film Society, will offer Hudson Valley residents a new window into the minds and methods of the status-quo-defiant Italian artists on display at the warehouse along with American artists of the same generation. From July 13 through 28, Magazzino will screen 12 films over six nights in Magazzino's open-air courtyard. "With this event, we're going back to a tradition in Italy where people would often gather in the piazza during summer evenings to watch movies," says Vittorio Calabrese, Director of Magazzino Italian Art.
Ranging in length between 13 to 72 minutes long, the films follow artists from different generations and backgrounds as they cast off the literal and metaphorical strictures of two-dimensional art, creating fluid pieces that are immersed in materiality and physicality. Each evening will showcase two documentaries: one about an Italian artist and one about an international artist.
"Each pairing is intended to shed light about common grounds and/or opposite trends in dealing with similar subjects by Italian artists and their peers abroad," Calabrese says. "By either showing affinities or contrasting diverging attitudes, the screenings will provide insightful views on the work of the artists and on how they addressed defining issues of the artistic avant-garde since the post-war years until today."
The selection of films was inspired by the landmark 1970 Turin exhibition, "Conceptual Art, Arte Povera, Land Art," curated by Germano Celant at the Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna.
Many of the artists' work is currently on display at Magazzino. During the film series, Magazzino will be open after-hours from 7pm. "We hope this will encourage visitors to take some time before the movies to explore the current exhibition "Arte Povera: From the Olnick Spanu Collection," and familiarize themselves with the works of the artists featured in the films," Calabrese says. "We hope the movies will shed an even broader light and audiences will get to understand these artists and their works of art in a larger international context."
Art historian Francesco Guzzetti will introduce the films each night at 8pm, and the screenings will begin after sundown at 8:30pm, with refreshments provided.
Cinema in Piazza kicks off on Friday, July 13, with a Piero Manzoni/Joseph Beuys double-header. "Both were pioneers in Conceptual Art both in Italy and abroad and influential to the Arte Povera artists," Calabrese explains. On July 14, the films will focus on Michelangelo Pistoletto and the American Southwest's Land Art movement. The coming weeks will include screenings about Giulio Paolini and Richard Serra (7/20); Giuseppe Penone and Sol LeWitt (07/21), Jannis Kounellis and Louise Bourgeois (7/27); and Pino Pascali and Bruce Nauman (7/28).
Tickets range from $5 for a one-night student pass to $25 for an adult full program pass. Find tickets on the film series' event page.