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Book presentation of Gianfranco Baruchello's Psicoenciclopedia Possibile and one-day conference on the volume.

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The Center for Italian Modern Art and the Fondazione Baruchello are pleased to present Gianfranco Baruchello’s Psicoenciclopedia Possibile (Possible Psychoencyclopedia) for the first time in the United States.

From the late 1950s and especially from the early 1960s, Baruchello (b. 1924), a painter, writer and filmmaker, has assembled words, images or objects in a constant search for new possibilities of thought and imagination. His works include paintings, boxes/display cases and works on Plexiglas, as well as assemblage of different and sometimes recycled materials, including writing as a form of inquiry. He reduces images, words and newspaper cuttings to a state bordering on illegibility. These are aspects of his oeuvre that made Baruchello one of the most daring and provocative experimenters of the twentieth century.

After two presentations and exhibitions in Geneva at the Centre d’Art Contemporain (September 14 - October– 17, 2021) and in Paris at the Centre Georges Pompidou (September 25 - October 24, 2021), the work will be presented at the Center for Italian Modern Art through a rich and varied one-day conference to be held on December 9th. Invited speakers are: Maria Alicata, Franco Baldasso, Raffaele Bedarida, Lara Demori, Bracha L. Ettinger, Sarah Hamill, Sharon Hecker, Teresa Kittler and Carla Subrizi. The conference is organized in two panels, one moderated by Nicola Lucchi, the other by Massimiliano Gioni. This presentation represents an opportunity for many new directions of study, examining both the process that determined the project for an encyclopedia in the twenty-first century and specific aspects of Baruchello’s work: the archive, composition, as well as painting as a “little” system, as Baruchello habitually describes the development of his own language.

During the conference, a series of drawings selected for the occasion will allow the public to delve into Baruchello’s complex system of thought, which, by the transversal nature of languages, has experimented with images, objects, installations, cinema and writing.

Conference Program

14:00

Chair: Nicola Lucchi

Carla Subrizi – Why Baruchello Today?

Raffaele Bedarida – The Great Pilgrimage of Baruch

Franco Baldasso – Savinio and Baruchello: An Encyclopedic Conversation

Lara Demori -“Hypothalamic Brainstorming”: Le Possible sans le moindre grain d’éthique d’esthétique et de métaphysique

15:30

Panel discussion and audience questions

16:00

Coffee Break

16:30

Chair: Massimiliano Gioni

Sharon Hecker – In the Belly of the Book: Carla Subrizi’s Note a margine to Gianfranco Baruchello’s Psicoenciclopedia possibile

Bracha L. Ettinger – Give Meaning to the Eclipse of Meaning. Artworking as Anamnesis

Sarah Hamill – “Memory is an Archive:” Form, Fragmentation, and Images of Violence in Baruchello’s Psicoenciclopedia Possibile

Teresa Kittler – A Place for Everything

Maria Alicata – A System of Mixed Meanings

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CIMA, the Center for Italian Modern Art is a 501c3 public nonprofit exhibition and research center established in 2013 in New York City to promote public appreciation and advance the study of modern and contemporary Italian art in the United States and internationally. Each academic year CIMA presents in its spacious loft in SoHo an installation examining the work of modern Italian artists rarely exhibited in the U.S. The exhibitions serve as the theme for CIMA’s fellowship program, which aims to promote new scholarship and dialogue in the field through the support of emerging young scholars from around the world.

 

CIMA's next exhibition Facing America: Mario Schifano, 1960–1965 will be on view  through November 13, 2021.

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