Shu Lea Cheang
Venice Biennale

Taiwan’s Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale 2019 Announces 3x3x6 by Shu Lea Cheang (CRF 2001). Shu Lea Cheang presents a site specific multimedia research project including images, installations, and computer programming that explores the ideas of confinement and liberation.

Expanding on the artist’s practice over the last three decades, Cheang presents a new multimedia research project, including images, installations, and computer programming in which past and present, virtual and real worlds converge.


The Palazzo delle Prigioni, a prison across from the Palazzo Ducale, will house the exhibition in Venice. Using this location as an opportunity for a site-specific work, Cheang will create an immersive installation with multiple interfaces to reflect on different technologies of confinement and control, from physical incarceration to omnipresent surveillance systems in contemporary society.


Cheang states, “With this exhibition we explore the possible strategies for resistance against highly controlled societies, the self-affirming dignity against repression, and the variable versions of self-granted pursuits for (un)happiness.”

Black Male Writers
NY Times

NY Times article "Black Male Writers of Our Time" celebrates African American male writers including Civitellians Ross Gay (CRF 2016), Jericho Brown (CRF 2015), Terrance Hayes (CRF 2015), Cornelius Eady (Civitella juror and nominator), and Rickey Laurentiis (CRF 2014), among others, while the article explores how and why African-American writing is currently experiencing unprecedented mainstream appeal and critical recognition.

The poet Jericho Brown (CRF 2015) is quoted saying that "black people don’t have the luxury of being quiet: Every black behavior, no matter how banal — getting out of a car, walking down the street — draws attention or ire. Black bodies, by their very existence, are turned up to the highest volume at all times. All of this is exacerbated by the fact of maleness in our sexist society: Men, even vilified men, outrank women in the hierarchy of being; they are more seen. It is in this charged reality that the work of black male writers finds itself in the spotlight."


The article also touches on how too often the discussion around writers of color is more about content, and their dazzling artistry is overlooked.


We're left with the closing thought: "For now, we can rejoice in the gifted writers whom we are privileged to read. And we must be vigilant. We must pay keen attention to who’s in the moment and who’s left out, and why. A host of writers wait in the wings. It’ll be their moment soon. Let it be wide open. Let it be without limits. Let it be as broad as they have the talent to make it."


Other Civitellians are mentioned throughout the article including Kerry James Marshall (CRF 1998), Patricia Smith (CRF 2017), and Claudia Rankine (CRF 2014).

Joyce Kozloff
86th Street Station

The 86th Street B, C station reopened last week after five months of renovations and upgrades. The improved Central Park West station now features six colorful mosaic and ceramic murals translated from artist Joyce Kozloff (DG 2010)’s “Parkside Portals” artwork, which depicts different perspectives of the neighborhood. The art shifts from aerial views of Central Park to close-ups of Beaux-Arts and Art Deco elements found on the iconic facades of surrounding buildings.

Kozloff’s style is apparent in the station’s murals, which used Google Earth technology for the aerial park views. The art is framed with the trees of Central Park during the four seasons of the year. Kozloff worked with Miotto Mosaic Art Studios and Travisanutto Giovanni SRL to translate her paintings into tiles and glass mosaics.

Shahpour Pouyan

Copperfield, London is pleased to present the second solo exhibition of New York based, Iranian artist Shahpour Pouyan (CRF 2018), Wūshuǐ, running until December 15th, 2018. Shahpour Pouyan (CRF 2018) is also a part of a group show called "Punk Orientalism," running from 10 November 2018 to 17 February 2019 at the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

Titled, Wūshuǐ, the exhibition makes the unlikely connection between political ideologies and representations of the landscape. Across cultures and history, the landscape has been represented in painting, drawing and photography but is by its nature nearly always considered innocuous. When a landscape is painted by Winston Churchill, used as a symbol of national pride or mislabelled however it can become more divisive. The exhibition title Wūshuǐ – meaning polluted water – is a bastardization of the Chinese phrase Shan Shui or ‘mountain water,’ a style of landscape painting in Taoist painting tradition that refers to ideas of purity. Through this lens Pouyan draws connections across history and cultures to create a series of works that stand as laden metaphors.

Punk Orientalism focuses on the theme of non-conformity as a tool for investigating contemporary art and critical enquiry on the spaces and places that identify with Central Asia and the Caucasus from a post-Soviet perspective. Rooted in the conceptual capacity of “punk” the exhibition centres on the contemporary theme of resistance and highlights the practices of artists who have questioned changing and divided societies from a variety of different historical and conceptual vantage points.

Dawn Clements
In Memoriam

Dawn Clements, a Civitella Fellow in 2012, has died today at age sixty from cancer.

Born in 1958 in Woburn, Massachusetts, Clements received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and, in 1989, her MFA at the State University of New York in Albany. She was an assistant professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Clements was based in Brooklyn and represented by Pierogi Gallery. In addition to her numerous galleries exhibitions, her work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Tang Museum, and The Saatchi Collection, among other institutions. “In film, time is often condensed to fit into a two-hour format, Clements told Aschheim. “A day might last a few minutes. In soap operas it’s exactly the opposite. A day might last an entire week because there are so many stories to tell. It goes on and on for years. I love that kind of time also.”

Dawn imagined intimate, intricate interiors in both sprawling and compact drawings. Her drawings played with perspective and often spilled across multiple pieces of paper in distorted panoramas that explored memory, space, and home.

Dawn will be deeply missed by her Civitella family.

Center for Italian Modern Art
Fellowship Application

Each year the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) awards multiple CIMA Fellowships to support research and study of Italian modern and contemporary art for doctoral and postdoctoral scholars. Citizens of all nationalities are eligible. CIMA offers a unique experience to its fellows: the annual exhibition serves as a hub for scholars from diverse academic backgrounds to share research derived from the artworks on view with each other and the public. Emphasis is split between individualized study—gaining an intimate knowledge of artists represented through close looking and through researching in depth a topic raised by the installation—and public discourse, as represented by collaboration on public programming and leading interactive exhibition tours. During their residency, fellows also have the opportunity to pursue their own research and connect with scholars and other professionals in and around New York.

CIMA is also pleased to offer an Affiliated Fellowship with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy, to support an art historian seeking a six-week residency in 2020 at this storied artist community in Umbria. The fellowship includes round-trip travel, room, board, and
workspace. Like the Travel Fellowship, this opportunity does not need to pertain to CIMA’s exhibition and program season. In the case of this Civitella Fellowship, applicants may be working on subjects in any area of art history; they do not need to be specializing in twentiethcentury Italian art. It is recommended that applicants be at a late stage in their projects, when they are ready to write for extended periods rather than conduct research, in order to take full advantage of Civitella’s community and offerings. 


DEADLINE: Sunday, JANUARY 27, 2019 


"Insurrecto," a new novel by Gina Apostol (CRF 2009), dives into the tortuous relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines. Apostol will be reading from Insurrecto in NYC at KGB Bar this Sunday, at Singapore Unbound's Second Saturdays on January 12, and at Asian American Writers Workshop on January 31.

"It's Insurrecto's great achievement that it confronts us with dreadful things without ever turning into an accusatory, anti-American screed. Apostol is after more than recrimination. Steeped in the love-hate relationship with American culture she shares with most Filipinos, she actually seeks to transcend the gap between the two countries."

John Kelly
the MET

John Kelly (CRF 2010) pays loving homage to Joni Mitchell's music. Ms. Mitchell's greatest songs dwell on the subject of love—from the rush of longing, to vulnerability and loss—her remarkable songs are vivid interrogations of romantic relationships that transform the personal into the universal.

7:00 P.M.

Tickets include same-day Museum admission during open hours. 

Enjoy a pre-performance drink in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Wine, prosecco, and water will be available for purchase. Doors will open approximately one hour prior to the event.

PEN America Literary Awards

PEN America is thrilled to announce the longlists for the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards. The finalists for all book awards will be announced in January 2019. The winners will be celebrated at the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on February 26 at the NYU Skirball Center in NYC. Many Civitellians are on the longlist including...

Jenny Xie (CRF 2018)'s "Eyelevel," (Graywolf Press) for the PEN Open Book Award ($5,000): For an exceptional work of literature by an author of color.


Alexander Chee (CRF 2011)'s "How to Write an Autobiographical Novel," (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay ($10,000): For a book of essays that exemplifies the essay form.


Eliza Griswold (CRF 2011)'s "Amity and Prosperity, (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux) for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction ($10,000): For a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective.




Andrea Barnet (CG 2010 and current CRF Advisory Council Member) for "Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World," (Ecco) is on the list for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography ($5,000): For a distinguished biography published in the United States.



Daniel Canogar
Solo Show

Daniel Canogar (CRF 2015) to have a new solo show, "Melting the Solids" running from Nov. 17, 2018 - Jan. 10, 2019 at Art Bärtschi & Cie in Geneva.

The exhibition explores how the world of data negotiates its relationship with the physical world. The project emerges from the artist’s preoccupation with the intangible – and invisible - nature of one of the main driving forces of our economy and society: the data-sphere.


Rue du Vieux-Billard 24, 1205
Geneva, Switzerland

Spencer Reece
Memoir on Book Post

Spencer is the author two books of poems, The Clerk’s Tale and The Road to Emmaus. Last year he published a book of poems in translation by his writing students at the Our Little Roses orphanage San Pedro Sula, Honduras: Counting Time Like People Count Stars. This post is drawn from his work-in-progress, The Little Entrance: Devotions. He is Chaplain to Bishop Carlos Lopez-Lozano of the Reformed Episcopal Church in Madrid, Spain.

The outlet, of which Advisory Council member Ann Kjellberg (DG 2016) is the editor, "is designed to spread the pleasures and benefits of the reading life across a fractured media landscape. Book Posts advocates for robust alternatives to media monopolies and nourishing, supportive relationships among writers, publishers, booksellers, and readers."

Jacob Polley
Moth Poetry Prize

‘Poems are made things, not language as raw expression,’ says Polley (CRF 2007) and Moth Poetry Prize winner,  during an interview with The Irish Times. 

Polley won an Eric Gregory Award in 2004, and at the age of 29 he was chosen as one of the 20 Next Generation poets, alongside Patience Agbabi and Alice Oswald. He was twice nominated for the TS Eliot Prize before winning it for his fourth collection, Jackself, described by the judges as “a firework of a book; inventive, exciting and outstanding in its imaginative range and depth of feeling”. His previous collection, The Havocs, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and his first novel, Talk of the Town, won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award. Jacob has held residencies in Queensland, at the Wordsworth Trust and at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and he was Visiting Fellow Commoner in the Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge for two years. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.

Jenny Xie
Profile in PBS

Walt Whitman prizewinner Jenny Xie (CRF 2018) gives her advice for feeling at home in the unfamiliar to PBS news hour.


"It is in our quiet observations," Xie said, "that we can find ourselves when we’re on the move. Like any avid traveler could attest, finding a sensation of home among the unfamiliar is an enduring challenge, and repeatedly explored in 'Eye Level,' " Jenny's first poetry collection.


"Any place," according to Xie, "can feel like home as long as you can shed the mental barriers that keep you from connecting to the experiences around you."

Jenny Xie is the author of EYE LEVEL (Graywolf Press, 2018), finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, and recipient of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. Her chapbook, NOWHERE TO ARRIVE (Northwestern University Press, 2017) received the Drinking Gourd Prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry, New York Times Magazine, New Republic, and Tin House, among other publications, and she has been supported by fellowships and grants from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Poets & Writers. She is on faculty at New York University and lives in New York.


Read the full article below. 

Annie Gosfield at EtM
End of Year Bash

Exploring the Metropolis (EtM) invites you to join in a special evening celebrating and raising funds to support their work in securing space for New York City’s performing artists. Join EtM for drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live performances and a silent auction at the cell’s intimate and inviting performance/gallery space in Chelsea TONIGHT.

Annie Gosfield (CRF 2008) and current Advisory Council Member is an honoree on this special evening. Gosfield composes music inspired by the inherent beauty of found sounds, noise, and machinery. She was a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, the 2015 Fromm Composer at the American Academy in Rome, and a 2012 fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Gosfield’s most recent work includes “War of the Worlds,” an opera performed by the L.A. Philharmonic.


Thursday, November 29, 2018 6:00 pm, the cell, 338 West 23rd St. (between 8th & 9th Avenues) New York, 10011

Angela Dufresne
Making a Scene

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is proud to present Angela Dufresne: Making a Scene, a major museum exhibition comprising of more than thirty paintings and video works spanning nearly a decade. Focusing on her signature depictions of modern life, Dufresne (CRF 2018) compositionally connects us to the history of painting and cinema.

Showing until Sunday, January 6th, 2019
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Tel 816.753.5784

Luciano Figueiredo

Luciano Figueiredo (CRF 2006) to show "La couleur : pli et contre-pli" at the Galerie Depardieu in Nice.


Vernissage to take place Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 16h to 21h.
Exposition showing until January 5th, 2019.

Galerie Depardieu
6, rue du docteur Jacques Guidoni
(ex passage Gioffredo)
06000 Nice


tél 09 66 89 02 74 -

Remembering Mark Strand

Mark Strand, Poet Laureate and Director’s Guest at Civitella, was a frequent visitor and loyal friend to our Foundation. Today, on the four-year anniversary of his death, we remember all that he was and all that he gave to those around him. His wit and verse live on not only in his books and in our fond memories, but also in our Civitella library.

As many of you know, we inherited Mark's personal library upon his death. This generous gift of approximately 5,000 volumes spans several languages, poetry, translations, literary criticism, philosophy, the Classics, and theory.


We are so grateful to have Mark's library and the many memories of his time at Civitella.


Please visit for details about giving to the Foundation, supporting or visiting the library, or contact us with any questions. Civitella Ranieri Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 operating foundation based in New York. All US contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Call for Interns for the 2019 Season

Civitella is seeking interns for the 2019 residency season. Candidates should be able to commit to a minimum of six weeks between the start of May and mid-November, and availability should correspond as closely as possible to the start and end dates of the residency sessions. Preference will be given to candidates with longer periods of availability in order to maintain as much consistency as possible during the season. Application deadline is 31 December.

For full information please follow the link below.

Register now for a 10 day food tour lead by Peter Barrett

This March 17-27, join us for a ten day cooking workshop lead by food photographer, writer, and visual artist, Peter Barrett.


The tour will consist of a sojourn at the Castle where guests will immerse themselves in the culinary culture of Italy’s Umbria region. Our workshop will be the castle’s kitchen, run by native Umbrian, Romana Ciubini, where, under her tutelage, the group will learn the secrets of bread gnocchi, eggless pasta, and torta al testo among a host of other local dishes.


The tour will also include explorative day-trips into the greater Umbrian countryside, where guests and hosts will visit important regional sites of culture and industry, including local winemakers, olive orchards, salumerie, and more.


The trip is limited to twelve people. The fee of $3,000 per person will cover everything, including accommodations in our 15th century castle, and lunch and dinner every day. Air travel to Rome (and any connecting flights you require) will not be included.


Please visit Peter Barrett's blogQui si mangia bene, to find a more detailed descritopn of the tour.


For more information about the registration and logistics of the trip, contact

Gina Apostol's "Insurrecto"
New Novel

Gina Apostol (CRF 2009)'s new novel, Insurrecto, is about two women on a trip to make a film in the Philippines.


Apostol uses an array of literary and cinematic techniques — memoirs, jump-cuts, close-ups and reveries — to set a story in the present-day Philippines of Rodrigo Duterte.

'I'm very interested in that concept of multiple ways of looking at things," she says in an interview. "You know, this notion that in all of us there are multiple identities, you know, and we don't recognize the simultaneity of them. I'm a mom, I'm a daughter, I'm a teacher, I'm a writer, I'm a Filipino, I'm a American. And I really like this kind of seeing things from various points of view.' " - Apostol

Gina won the PEN Open Book Award for her last novel, Gun Dealer's Daughter, and has won the Philippine National Book Award. Her newest book shows us that although victors often write the histories, survivors and artists can revise them.

Sigrid Nunez
National Book Award

Sigrid Nunez (CRF 2013) wins National Book Award for ‘The Friend,’ an “exquisitely written and deeply humane exploration of grief, literature and memory.”

"The Friend" centers on a lonely writer who takes comfort after her friend commits suicide in caring for his Great Dane. A sometimes acerbic meditation on loss and love, the novel was among this year’s critical favorites.


Ms. Nunez — the author of the novels “Salvation City,” “The Last of Her Kind,” “A Feather on the Breath of God” and “For Rouenna,” among other books — spoke in her acceptance speech about how writers are able to find meaning in pain and emotional hardship because suffering and loss can generate great literature.

Maria Elena Gonzalez
Mills Art Museum

María Elena González (DG 2009) to have a solo show at Mills Art Museum. "Tree Talk" is the culmination of over ten years of work by the internationally recognized Brooklyn and Bay Area-based artist. 

Exploring the translation between the physical and the acoustical, Tree Talk investigates the unexpected visual parallels between the bark of birch trees and cylindrical player piano rolls. González transcribed the distinctive bark pattern from three birch trees found at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and each tree yielded unique compositions for the player piano. Related drawings, prints, videos, and sound installation are featured in the exhibition, demonstrating González’s interest in both representations of sound as well as sound as a sculptural material. Programming during the exhibition will include a live performance featuring Mills music students using drawings of the tree bark as graphic scores, and a live performance of the player piano.


JANUARY 23–MARCH 17, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26, 2019, 5-7PM

Sigred Nunez
100 Notable Books of 2018

Sigred Nunez (CRF 2013) on the NY Times list of 100 Notable Books of 2018 for her novel, "The Friend."

The narrator of Nunez’s wry novel inherits a Great Dane after her friend and mentor, an aging author, commits suicide. The novel (winner of the 2018 National Book Award for fiction) suggests that something larger than writerly passion has been lost in our culture, but itself serves as a tribute to the values it holds dear.

Gabrielle Le Bayon
Group Exhibition

Gallery Heinzer Reszler is pleased to invite you to the collective exhibition: THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM


Gabrielle Le Bayon (CRF 2017)
Elisabeth Llach
Inner Light [Kim Coussée, Eliott Villars, Gaia Vincensini]
Sebastian Stadler
David Weishaar
Curator: Olivia Fahmy

Opening Saturday December 1st, from 3-6pm.
Exposition runs until January 19th, 2019


Rue des Côtes-de-Montbenon 3
Garage 6
1006 Lausanne

Winter at Civitella

Those of us who live in Umbria love the winter season. Visibility is enhanced by the cold and the smell of wood smoke from farmhouse chimneys is in the air. Hiking and walking become a daily routine. The quiet and the solitude make an ideal environment to get work done.


As of 2017, you as Civitellians can partake of that still, lovely season as well. We are happy to announce that ten of our residencies will be available to you for the months of November, December, January, February, March and April. All apartments have heat and cooking facilities and all have Wi-Fi. Minimum stays of one week are encouraged, but priority will be given to longer stays. Meals are not offered in this time period.

Our staff will be on hand to assist you. Paola in the office has the keys to the Civitella car, which we will make available to you at a mileage fee. If you envision consistent or daily use of the car, we strongly suggest renting a vehicle of your own. Paola can help with photocopying or mail, appointments or questions. Diego, too, is full time at the Castle as of February 1 to assist with any technical issues. Dana is back and forth from New York in this period, but both Patrizia Caini, the head of housekeeping and Maurizio, the custodian and gardener are full time.

If desired, occasional meals can be catered by Patrizia for a small fee as requested. The Castle gym (rowing machine, treadmill, stationary bicycle, weights) will be open as well as the communal Open Studio equipped with great lighting and work areas, hand tools, electric tools, some art and construction supplies. The Castle Library collection, now at 10,000 volumes including the Mark Strand library, although cold, will be available to you 24 hours a day.


Below are our available spaces and the rate per night. Email to reserve your rooms now, as spaces for 2018-2019 are quickly filling up.


This is the most beloved of all the composers’ spaces at Civitella. A free-standing house just outside the Civitella gates, Pizza was has a master bedroom that sleeps two, a full kitchen and bathroom, and a beautiful studio with glass doors that open to the private grounds and gardens. Our Steinway grand piano is in this studio space and available for your use.
60 euro per night. Double occupancy rate, 80 euro. 

Arco is not unlike a gondolier’s house in Venice. One enters on the ground floor and walks up a flight of stairs to the main floor with its small kitchen and work area. A comfortable armchair looks out to the best view of the castle of any of our apartments. Another flight of stairs brings you upstairs to the bedroom and bathroom. This is ideal for a writer.
45 euro per night. Double occupancy rate, 65 euro.


Granaio is housed within the castle walls. A flight of stairs brings you up to a long spacious loft space with a full kitchen, living room/sitting area, bedroom and bathroom with tub and shower. This is where grain was stored in the early days of the Castle, but now for years it has become a favorite studio for composers and writers. An upright piano is included here.
50 euro per night. Double occupancy rate, 70 euro.


Castrabecco Su
This is the upstairs floor of the farmhouse known as ‘Castrabecco.’ It is ideal for two or three people and includes a large master bedroom with its own bathroom, a studiolo, another smaller bedroom with a private bathroom, living room with working fireplace, and full kitchen. The views from this apartment are spectacular. 
50 euro per night per person.


This is our newest refurbished mini apartment. On the ground floor of Castrabecco, this is a one room studio ideal for a writer. One enters through glass doors to a double bedded bedroom that shares space with a small kitchen (two burners only), kitchen table, comfortable reading chair. Full bathroom with tub, nice desk area for working.
40 euro per night. Double occupancy rate, 60 euro. 


Tinaia is one of our newly restored spaces overlooking the Secret Garden. It has a private entrance, beamed ceilings, efficiency kitchen, bathroom with shower, and a livingroom/studio with a baby grand piano. The piano, just restored, belonged to Ursula Corning's mother.

45 euro per night. Double occupancy rate, 65 euro.



Giardino is one of our newly restored spaces overlooking the Secret Garden.  It consists of a bathroom, kitchen, and large studio/living area. Terracotta floor tiles, beamed ceilings, private entrance and magnificent views of the secret garden.
45 euro per night. Double occupancy rate, 65 euro.



Lulu is a perfect space for a writer or scholar. One enters through the gallery to a one room apartment with a full bath (including bath tub and shower), efficiency kitchen, and small table/work area. The apartment provides easy access to the Secret Garden.
35 euro per night. Double occupancy rate, 55 euro.



Upupa is a stone and brick ground floor apartment close to the offices. The studio/kitchen looks out over the lush green lawn in front of the castle. It is full of natural light thanks to large glass doors. A newly remodeled bathroom separates the studio/kitchen from the bedroom.  The entire suite is accessible for those with mobility issues.
45 euro per night. Double occupancy rate, 65 euro.

Please contact Diego Mencaroni ( to request dates for 2018-2019. 

Wu Wei
Artist Portrait

Artist Portrait on Wu Wei (CRF 2010), where he speaks to Michael Fuller of the Philharmonia Orchestra about his instrument, the sheng, his process, and how he got started.

You can hear Wu Wei playing music written for him by Jukka Tiensuu (Finland), Guoping Jia (China) and Ondrej Adámek (Czech Republic) in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Music of Today concert, Friday 5 April 2019, 6pm, at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Link on vimeo below. 

Liliana Porter- Other Situations
El Museo del Barrio

Liliana Porter (CRF 1999) is showing "Other Situations" at the El Museo del Barrio, a traveling exhibition from the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia. This show features 32 works spanning Porter’s decades-long career, focusing on themes such as martyrdom and labor.

The show, at 1230 5th Ave, Manhattan, continues through January 27, 2019.


NationalSawdust+ presents: Paul Muldoon (Director's Guest 2017)'s "Against the Grain" featuring Jennifer Egan, Kevin Young, and Matmos (CRF 2017). 

Egan’s novels include Manhattan Beach and A Visit from the Goon Squad. Young, who serves as director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has authored more than thirteen books of poetry and prose, most recently Brown and Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.


Presented in association with London Review of Books


THU, NOV 15, 2018, 7:30 PM
Tickets at the link below.

Rochelle Feinstein: Image of an Image
Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Board of Trustees of The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Chairperson Joseph Mizzi, and Executive Director Deborah Cullen cordially invite you to attend the opening of Rochelle Feinstein (CRF 2001): Image of an Image, organized in by The Bronx Museum of the Arts' chief curator Antonio Sergio Bessa.

The work of Bronx native Rochelle Feinstein is deeply informed by abstraction, while also conveying a keen sensibility to contemporary culture, particularly to our everyday use of language. Over the span of the last four decades, Feinstein has probed the relevance of the abstract painting tradition vis-a-vis a rapidly changing cultural environment. She has used the lexicon of abstract painting to approach subjects of both personal and social import such as the televised police pursuit of OJ Simpson (El Bronco, 1994); the Iraq war (Hotspots, 2003 - ongoing), and the economic downturn of 2008 (The Estate of Rochelle F., 2010).


Wed, November 7, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST


The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456


Kindly RSVP at the link below.

Virginia and the Time Machine
Modularias- Experiments in Opera

Composer Joan La Barabara (CRF 2013) and librettist Monique Truong (CRF 2013) to perform "Virginia and the Time Machine"...

"With World War II drawing closer to England each day and critics decrying her newly published book on pacifism and women’s right, Virginia W. is besieged by voices of discord and ridicule. Trying to silence them, she imagines—and therefore possesses—a device with which she can turn a dial and listen to another time and place: August 1890, in St. Ives, a remote village on the Cornwall coast. Returning to the idyllic summers of her childhood, bathed in the sounds, sights, and the early morning light refracting off the Celtic Sea, she is eight years old, and her idealized, beloved Mother, then the heart of the family, is still alive. At the edge of this longed-for soundscape are jarring doubts, clashing facts about her childhood, and intimations of the tragedies to come, that disrupt Virginia W.’s reverie. The synthesizer serves here as a sonic time machine, bringing the sounds of what was and what was lost and intermingling them with Virginia W.’s present, creating a moment out of time, a neither here nor there, when she is both woman and girl, public author and private being, real and imagined."


The Flea Theater
Nov. 2-3
Discount code: FRIENDSOFEIO

Jonah Bokaer Choreography
15th Anniversary

Jonah Bokaer (CRF 2016) Choreography kicks off its 15th Anniversary with a long-awaited Joyce debut. Eight international dancers present visually striking works rarely seen in the United States, including the New York premiere of Late Nights On Air, which features live music by Nico Muhly interpreted in a Special Collaboration with Angela & Jennifer Chun, renowned violin duo. Master Architect Charles Renfro, DS+R designs the evening with a "total environment" that integrates design, space, and light.

Saturday, October 27th, 2018
Evening Performance - 8:00pm


Sunday, October 28th, 2018
Matinée - 2:00pm
Evening Performance - 7:30pm

E/AB Fair

Saya Woolfalk (CRF 2018) in conversation with Dexter Wimberly on Saturday October 27th at 3pm as part of "Prints and Politics"

E/AB Fair
269 11th Avenue
bet. 27th and 28th Streets

Shahpour Pouyan: History Travels at Different Speeds

Shahpour Pouyan (CRF 2016) to present his first solo exhibition in the UK at Copperfield Gallery in London.

"History appears to travel at different speeds depending on our points of perspective. The choice of what to represent is simultaneously a decision of what to discard or hide. In 16 new works made for the exhibition, Pouyan attempts to recover what is left unseen in Persian miniatures."

Exhibition runs weekly, Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 6pm
September 23 - November 13, 2015

Best Books 2018
Publishers Weekly

Gina Apostol (CRF 2009), author of the novel Insurrecto, is 2018's cover author for Publishers Weekly's Best Books. Alexander Chee (CRF 2011) is also among the top 10, with his "How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays."

Insurrecto is a pyrotechnical marvel with a plot rooted in the Philippine-American War, which spools out over decades and across the globe as the book asks questions about class, conquest, and who gets to tell history.

"This collection could have been titled, simply, How I Became a Writer, but that would have utterly failed to convey Chee’s marvelously oblique style. Over 16 essays, he reflects on varied experiences—working as a Tarot card reader, studying with Annie Dillard, meeting William F. Buckley at a catering job—that together illuminate the development of his craft."

Ruth Miller

Article on how Ruth Miller (DG 2012) "tells us worlds about what it means to see."

"There’s a meditative quietude about Miller’s paintings, one appropriate to a handful of objects resting on a surface. But in pictorial terms, these are dynamic, probing works. Absorbing her paintings at John Davis, one is liable to startle at her “simple” planes of color: this is the way objects look."


Painting continues at John Davis Gallery (362½ Warren Street, Hudson, New York) through November 4.

Victor Lodato
A Secret Sexual Life, at Fifteen

Victor Lodato (CRF 2017), author of two novels including, most recently, “Edgar and Lucy," writes and reminisces about how he learned to dive one summer for the New Yorker. 

John Newman

John Newman (DG 2014) has an upcoming solo exhibition of large works on paper at the Derek Eller Gallery entitled "Drawings of Imaginary Sculptures in Imaginary Spaces: 1990-2003." The works span two decades of Newman's career.

Exhibition runs November 15-December 23, 2018


300 Broome Street New York, NY 10002 Tel 212.206.6411 Fax 212.206.6977

Metropolis Ensemble

Metropolis Ensemble to present "Reiterations," a series with composer Christopher Cerrone (CRF 2012 and Advisory Council Member).

"Through repeat collaborations, repeat performances, or through musical repetition itself, the series explores how both sounds and working-relationships evolve over long periods of time. There are no world premieres on these concerts. Instead, the goal of this series is to give these artists the opportunity to develop work after its premiere—giving recently created work the chance to evolve the same way older work does."

The series begins with a concert featuring the award-winning Argus Quartet (who continue their collaboration with Metropolis Ensemble), featuring works by Ted Hearne, Juri Seo, along with the NYC premiere of my Can’t and Won’t as well as How to Breathe Underwater for quartet and electronics. Dec. 3, 7pm at Metropolis Ensemble’s venue, 1 Rivington.

The Bridge Book Award

Please join the AIFIC for a very special evening celebrating the IV edition of The Bridge Book Award, honoring 2018 Italian winners Luciano Funetta, for Fiction (Il Grido, Chiarelettere), and Sandra Petrignani for Non Fiction (La Corsara, Neri Pozza) at the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) on Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:00PM-8:00PM.

Maria Ida Gaeta (Civitella Advisory Council Member), director of the Casa delle Letterature, Ann Goldstein (CRF 2017), translator and former editor of The New Yorker magazine, and Tiziana Rinaldi Castro, Italian novelist and journalist, will facilitate the discussion. The program will be chaired by the Consul General of Italy in New York, Francesco Genuardi.


Award Ceremonies
November 1, 2018 — 6:00 pm
CIMA - Center of Italian Modern Art - New York


November 14, 2018 — 6:00 pm
MACRO Museum – Rome

Andy Milne
Fall News

Andy Milne (CRF 2011) has released of "The Seasons of Being" on Sunnyside Records, and an upcoming CD from La Tanya Hall, featuring a new trio "Unison."

CD Release performances for "The Seasons of Being": December 19th & 20th - The Jazz Gallery, NYC


Soft CD release and birthday celebration gig @ Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlist

On the longlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for excellence in Fiction and nonfiction are Civitellians Rachel Kushner (CRF 2016) for "The Mars Room" (Scribner), Gary Shteyngart (CRF 2009) for "Lake Success" (Random), Alexander Chee (CRF 2011) for "How to Write an Autobiographical Novel" (HMH/Mariner), and Advisor Michael Ondaatje for "Warlight" (Knopf).

The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be announced on October 24, 2018.

The two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) event at American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle on Sunday, January 27, 2019, 5-7 p.m.

Page Meets Stage
Helena Tulve
Edward T. Cone Concert Series

Grammy Award-winning Vox Clamantis Choir, featuring Helena Tulve (CRF 2017), from Estonia, will perform both Gregorian Chant and contemporary music based on Gregorian Chant, and including the American premiere of a new work by composer Arvo Pärt, one of the great composers of our time.

Part of the Edward T. Cone Concert Series
October 19, 2018 | 8:00pm
Wolfensohn Hall, Princeton, NJ

Jonah Bokaer Choreography
Fall 2018 Season

A world tour of Jonah Bokaer (CRF 2016) Choreography’s repertoire began in January, and continues this autumn, as well as special events and programs in New York will take place throughout the celebratory Fall Season in New York City, the Northeast, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
The Disappearance Portraits
Festival Jaffa to Agripas
Jerusalem, Israel


Friday, October 19th, 2018
Late Nights On Air : World Premiere
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts UConn University of Connecticut Storrs, CT


NY Premiere "Late Nights On Air"
Saturday, October 27th, 2018
Evening Performance - 8:00pm Joyce Theater


Sunday, October 28th, 2018
Matinée - 2:00pm
Evening Performance - 7:30pm


On Saturday, October 27th, the 15th Anniversary Gala. Gala Dinner will include a one-time only performance by Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and a 15th Anniversary Silent Auction of 15 Visual Artworks from the Foundation's collection.

"In the Wilderness with Bellini"
The Frick

The Frick Collection Lecture Series presents "In the Wildnerness with Bellini": Darren Waterston (CRF 2005) in Conversation with Xavier F. Salomon.


Best known for his evocative abstract paintings, imagined landscapes, and immersive installations, Waterston discusses the impact masterpieces from the Frick have had on his work with Xavier Salomon.

Xavier F. Salomon is Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection. He is a noted scholar of Paolo Veronese and curated the monographic exhibition on the artist at the National Gallery, London (March–June 2014). Previously, he was Curator in the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and, before that, the Arturo and Holly Melosi Chief Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery, where he curated Van Dyck in Sicily, 1624–25: Painting and the Plague (2012) and collaborated with Nicholas Cullinan on Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters (2011).


Civitellian Darren Waterston's paintings are included in numerous permanent collections including the The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; New York Public Library, New York City; The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He lives and works in New York.

Sunday, October 14th, 2-3pm
The Frick Collection - Music Room
1 East 70th Street

Linda Bouchard
Fall Events

Linda Bouchard (CRF 2010)'s Fall events:


- Berkeley Museum next Tuesday, Oct.16th with Other Minds Director Charles Armikhanian for OM series "On the Nature of Music."
The Nature of Music 10
Linda Bouchard's music and latest research in graphical notation with the participation of Kyle Bruckmann in the performance of Drop.
David Brower Center
2150 Alston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tuesday October 16th, 2018


- The Prince Edward Island Symphony orchestra to perform Linda Bouchard's orchestral work: Exquisite Fires conducted by Mark Shapiro.
October 21st, 2018
More info here.


- Linda will also demonstrate her latest research project Live Structures (, a research and composition project in data interpretation and graphical notation.

Franco Baldasso at CIMA
Lecture Series

Civitellian Franco Baldasso (CRF 2017) to speak at the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) in the Metaphysical Years Lecture Series.


This chronological lecture series offers an overview of the birth and development of pittura metafisica (metaphysical art) against the backdrop of World War I as well as in the context of the post-war years in Italy. The presentations explore significant literary trends of the time along with socio-cultural events of the short yet crucially important period covered by CIMA’s 2018-19 exhibition, Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà.

Franco Baldasso is Director of the Italian Program at Bard College, NY, where he is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies. In his research, Baldasso examines the complex relations between Fascism and Modernism, the legacy of political violence in Italy, and finally the idea of the Mediterranean in modern and contemporary aesthetics. He authored a book on Holocaust survivor Primo Levi, Il cerchio di gesso. Primo Levi narratore e testimone (Pendragon, 2007), co-edited an issue of Nemla-Italian Studies (“Italy in WWII and the Transition to Democracy: Memory, Fiction, Histories”) and contributes to Baldasso is a member of the Advisory Board of the Italian journal Allegoria, as well as the scientific committee of the Archivio della Memoria della Grande Guerra of the Centro Studi sulla Grande Guerra “P. Pieri” in Vittorio Veneto (TV). In summer 2017, he held a CIMA Affiliated Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation for his forthcoming book, Against Redemption: Literary Dissent during the Transition to Post-Fascism in Italy. Franco will speak on the year 1916 in Italy.


Tue, November 13, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST


CIMA - Center for Italian Modern Art
421 Broome Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Martha Rosler: Irrespective

The Jewish Museum invites you to Martha Rosler (CRF 2009): Irrespective. On view November 2, 2018 – March 3, 2019.

The Jewish Museum
5th Ave at 92nd St, NYC

For a preview of the exhibition, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 7 — 8:30 pm, kindly reply by October 23 at
or call 212.423.3278.

Visionaries Series: Rachel Kushner
New Museum

On Tuesday, October 30, Rachel Kushner (CRF 2016) will appear in conversation with poet and novelist Ben Lerner in the New Museum Theater as part of the Visionaries Series.

Rachel Kushner will be featured as the 2018 Visionary Speaker. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Stuart Regen Visionaries Series, an annual program honoring individuals who have made major contributions to art and culture and who are actively imagining a better future.


A brilliant, insightful writer, Kushner is widely recognized as one of the most original and compelling voices of her generation. Simultaneously presenting raw, intimate portraits of her characters and analyses of the society that shapes them, her work is unwaveringly relevant—always of its time, even when reflecting on another. Kushner’s latest novel, The Mars Room (Scribner, 2018), is included on the shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Kushner is also the author of The Flamethrowers (Scribner, 2013), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and one of the New York Times’ top five novels of 2013. Her debut novel, Telex from Cuba (Scribner, 2008), was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller and notable book. The Strange Case of Rachel K, a collection of her early work, was published by New Directions in 2015. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and the Paris Review. A longtime contributor to Artforum, Kushner has also written exhibition catalogue texts for institutions around the world, on artists such as Cy Twombly, Jeff Koons, Thomas Demand, Alexander Kluge, Terry Winters, Laura Owens, Seth Price, and Wade Guyton, among others. She is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2016 Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her novels have been translated into eighteen languages.


Tickets at the link below

Vittorio Montalti
Fall Update

An update from Vittorio Montalti (CRF 2017):


On October 16, 20, 25, 28, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino will stage Vittorio's opera "Ehi Gio' - Vivere e sentire del grande Rossini" in a new production with the stage direction of Francesco Saponaro and the musical direction of Marco Angius.


Vittorio will also be a composer in residence at La Società dei Concerti in Milan for the upcoming season. His chamber music will be performed in five different concerts, and he will also write a new piece for them.

Olga Neuwirth’s “Lost Highway Suite”

The International Contemporary Ensemble performs Olga Neuwirth (CRF 2016)’s “Lost Highway Suite” as part of the 10th-anniversary celebrations at Empac in Troy, N.Y.

Olga Neuwirth’s 2008 “Lost Highway Suite” has its roots in her 2003 opera, based on the psycho-noir David Lynch film. The integration of electronic and acoustic sounds has always been a part of her approach to the film. (Ms. Neuwirth categorizes her “Lost Highway” as “a video-opera.”) The instrumental suite, lasting approximately 40 minutes, requires live electronic processing of six soloists, drawn from a larger chamber ensemble, here the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Marilyn Chin Publication

Civitellian and Academy of American Poets Chancellor Marilyn Chin (CRF 2015) published her most recent collection, "A Portrait of the Self as Nation" from W. W. Norton & Company today. 

Spanning thirty years of dazzling work—from luminous early love lyrics to often-anthologized Asian American identity anthems, from political and subversive hybrid forms to feminist manifestos—A Portrait of the Self as Nation is a selection from one of America’s most original and vital voices. Marilyn Chin’s passionate, polyphonic poetry travels freely from the personal to the mythic, from the political to the spiritual. Deeply engaged with the complexities of cultural assimilation, feminism, and the Asian American experience, she spins precise, beautiful metaphors as she illuminates hard-hitting truths.


A Portrait of the Self as Nation celebrates Chin’s innovative activist poetry: her fearless and often confrontational early collections, Dwarf Bamboo and The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty; the rebellious, vivid language of Rhapsody in Plain Yellow; and the erotic elegies of Hard Love Province. Also included are excerpts from Chin’s daring novel, Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, and a vibrant chapter of new poems and translations.


In poems that are direct and passionately charged, Marilyn Chin raises her voice against systems of oppression even as her language shines with devastating power and beauty. Image after image, line by line, Chin’s masterfully reinvented quatrains, sonnets, allegories, and elegies are unforgettable.

Page Meets Stage

Ocean Vuong (CRF 2016) to perform with Sharon Olds at the SHEEN CENTER on October 28th, part of the Page Meets Stage series; where the Pulitzer Prize meets poetry slam.

More information and tickets at the link below. 

Honor Moore Lecture

Women's Lives present the 2018 Dorothy O. Helly Works-in-Progress lecture:


WRITING THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT: American Feminism 1963-1991. Alix Kates Shulman and Civitellian Honor Moore (DG 2014) are co-editing "WRITING THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT: American Feminism 1963-1991," which Library of America will publish in 2020, the centenary of women's suffrage. They will speak about the collaborative adventure of selecting 800 pages from the diverse and surprising writings of Second Wave feminism.


Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 pm, Room 9206/9207, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave. (at 34th St.)

Bonita Ely's Singer

Bonita Ely (CRF 2018)'s Singer Sewing Machine sculpture is featured in the exhibition, 'After the War', in the Australia War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.

The show opened last Friday, 15th Oct., & will be up for 12 months.

"Catch, Release" Release

Adrianne Harun (CRF 2015) has recently released "Catch, Release," her second short story collection.

Release readings:

November 10th @ 7 PM
Reading and Book Launch at Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books
Port Townsend

November 16th @ 7 PM
Reading at Elliott Bay Book Company

William Kentridge KABOOM!

William Kentridge (CRF 1997)'s KABOOM! is at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg from the 13 October – 10 November 2018, with an exhibition opening on the 13th of October at 11:00am.

KABOOM! includes a new three-channel film related to The Head & The Load, alongside the display of never-before exhibited charcoal drawings used for projection in that production, as well as others produced for the opera, Wozzeck. In addition, KABOOM! features composite drawings made for Kentridge's recent performance of Kurt Schwitters’s 1932 sound poem, Ursonate, at Performa 17 in New York and a new set of bronze sculptures that form part of his Lexicon series.

Announcing a new public art project by Daniel Canogar (CRF 2015):
"Pulse" is composed of five curved screens that repeatedly emerge and disappear along a wall of the Zachary Engineering Educational Complex at A&M University in Texas.


The video content is an abstract array of multi-colored particles that run along the screens. Rather than being a looping video, an algorithm creates a generative animation that is reacting in real time to data related to the building’s energy consumption, including AC flow, internet usage, water and electric power. Each energy source has been assigned a different color particle, which the visitor can interpret via signage. The artwork is a data-fed sculpture that is sensing the building’s own conditions as if it were a living, breathing entity. 


Zachry Engineering Education Complex Texas A&M University.

September 2018 / College Station, TX

Francesco Dillon on Cello

Civitella's Italian Advisory Council member and cellist Francesco Dillon is to perform October 3rd in NYC with pianist Emanuele Torquati at the Italian Academy.

"Cellist Francesco Dillon (b.Turin, 1973) already has a brilliant international career to his credit, characterised by the originality and variety of the repertoire that he has embraced. As a soloist he has performed on such prestigious concert stages as the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Herkulessaal of Munich, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Jordan Hall in Boston and the Colon Theatre of Buenos Aires, with such orchestras as the Italian National Radio Orchestra (RAI), the Southwest Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna, the Orchestra of the Colon Theatre, Ensemble Resonanz, Oulu Sinfonia Finland, and the Tuscany Regional Orchestra (ORT). Most recently he made an acclaimed debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, conducted by Susanna Mallki. Having graduated in Florence under the guidance of Andrea Nannoni, he continued his studies with Anner Bijlsma, Mario Brunello, David Geringas and Mstislav Rostropovich, thereafter studying composition with Salvatore Sciarrino."


Wed, Oct 3, 2018, 7:00 pm

The Italian Academy
1161 Amsterdam Avenue,
New York, NY 10027

EFA Open Studios

Six Civitellians, Thomas Pihl (CRF 2004), Saya Woolfalk (CRF 2018), Shahpour Pouyan (CRF 2016), Liselot van der Heijden (CRF 1997), Shimon Attie (CRF 2010), and Wafaa Bilal (CRF 2015), will be participating in the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts annual Open Studios event, running October 18, 19, and 20th, at the EFA Center.

EFA Open Studios is an annual event of the EFA Studio Program that invites the public to come explore and interact with our member artists in the intimate setting of their studios. It is an opportunity to see the most recent works by artists at the site of their origin and to gain meaningful insight into their process of creation. The EFA Studio Program is a vibrant and diverse community of over 70 artists working in a wide range of media and artistic sensibilities. All are professional artists with an established studio practice and recognized career. Rarely can curators, collectors, dealers, artists, and art lovers see so many internationally recognized artists working under one roof in Midtown Manhattan.


Thursday, October 18, 6 - 10 pm (opening night)
Friday, October 19, 6 - 9pm
Saturday, October 20, 1 - 6pm


EFA Center
323 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018

Bonita Ely- Snabbits

Bonita Ely (CRF 2018)'s new installation "We Live to be Surprised: the Snabbits" is on show at the Herbert Read Gallery, the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, UK. Her work is part of a show entitled "From the Kitchen Table: Drew Gallery Projects 1984-1990," and will be displayed from October 5th to November 9th, 2018. Read below more about the exhibition and about Bonita's "snabbits."

Grant Winners' Exhibition

The Art Students' League of New York's annual Grant Winners Exhibition showcases the work of emerging artists who earned the Art Students League’s prestigious grants, including Civitellian Sheila Berger (CRF 2017)'s work that she began with a Nessa Cohen Foundation grant.

Date: October 9 − 25 ,
Opening reception: October 9, 5:30-7:00pm


Location: Art Students League: The Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery

Eliza Griswold
On Tour

Eliza Griswold (CRF 2011)'s fall tour dates for "Amity & Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America"

-November 14, 6pm
New York, NY – NYU Institute for Public Knowledge

-November 27, 6:30pm
New York, NY – Fueling our Future, NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

From Eliza: "Thank you so much for reading, coming out, and engaging in the conversation around Stacey Haney’s powerful story. All of these actions mean a great deal to me, and even more to the Amity families who are still struggling to move on with their lives. To have their story heard has become its own kind of validation after feeling silenced for so long.

Since the book’s publication, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, has launched an investigation into the abuses recounted in the book. This fall, I’m doing some traveling back to these embattled communities and others, in order to make sure these stories reach the people who have lived them. Attached please find a tour schedule, as well as reviews of the book so far.

Many readers have asked me how they might help. There is quite a lot you can actually do. Energy distribution and consumption happen on a local level. From renewable energy portfolios to municipal composting to support from micro-grids, cities and states have a lot of say over what types of energy their citizens produce and consume. I hope Stacey’s fight encourages others to take an active interest in their local energy systems and to say no to those who will sicken their communities."

Charlotte Hug Rascher for Spektrum

Charlotte Hug (CRF 2018) to play on November 12th in Zurich at the University of the Arts, in celebration of the release of her duo CD "Duo- Improvisationen" with Lucas Niggli.

From the Zurich University of the Arts: "The event series Spektrum is an offer for our audience and at the same time a benefit event for our students. Since the artists perform without fee, the income of the collection flows entirely into the scholarship fund, from which tuition fees for needy students can be financed. The programs are designed by lecturers, guests and occasionally also students of the university and have enriched the concert life on Mondays for years."


November 12, 2018


Toni-Areal, Konzertsaal 2, Ebene 7, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, Zürich

Natalie Diaz
MacArthur Fellow

Among the selected 2018 MacArthur Fellows is Civitellian Natalie Diaz (CRF 2015).

"Working in diverse fields, from the arts and sciences to public health and civil liberties, these 25 MacArthur Fellows are solving long-standing scientific and mathematical problems, pushing art forms into new and emerging territories, and addressing the urgent needs of under-resourced communities. Their exceptional creativity inspires hope in us all."

Natalie Diaz is a poet blending personal, political, and cultural references in works that challenge the systems of belief underlying contemporary American culture. She connects her own experiences as a Mojave American and Latina woman to widely recognized cultural and mythological touchstones, creating a personal mythology that viscerally conveys the oppression and violence that continue to afflict Indigenous Americans in a variety of forms.

New York New Music Ensemble

Members of the New York New Music Ensemble to perform works by Civitellians Chen Yi (CRF 1997) and Wang Lu (CRF 2016) to perform in the New York New Music Ensemble on October 15th, 7:30pm, 87 Eldridge Street, NY.

Since 1976, the New York New Music Ensemble has commissioned, performed, and recorded the work of important and upcoming contemporary composers. This performance is the first in a series of NYNME performances at the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation. Purchase tickets at the link below. 

Fred Hersch and Esperanza Spaulding
Duo Performance

Fred Hersch (DG 2013) to perform two duos, one with Civitellian Esperanza Spaulding (CRF 2018), at the Village Vanguard.

Duo with Anat Cohen, clarinet
Tuesday - Thursday, October 16th-18th


Duo with Esperanza Spalding, vocals
Friday - Sunday, October 19th-21st


Shows at 8:30 & 10:30
Reservations strongly recommended (follow link below)
Phone (212) 255-4037

Chai Mi
Exhibition and Performance

Chai Mi (CRF 2018) to have her artwork "Between Round And Square" in a Group exhibition called "Seeing" at UNCC in Charlotte, NC. The opening performance for this exhibition, called "Captured Creatures" is also Chai's work. 

Performance: 3pm, Recital Hall, Rowe

Exhibition running at STORRS GALLERY from October 15 through November 16th. 

John Wray

An article in Vulture explored Civitellian John Wray (CRF 2011)'s Brooklyn brownstone writers’ colony and how his personality and experiences come through in his writing. 

"[His house is] a cross between an artists’ colony, a co-working space, and a frat house. A few years ago, realizing that he had far more room than he needed, Wray started renting out bedrooms as offices for writer friends. He currently hosts fiction writer and translator Nathan Englander, novelist Akhil Sharma, Booker Prize–winning author Marlon James, and science-fiction writer Alice Sola Kim."


Wray’s personality, so evident in his house with his typewriter, drumkit, and ironic posters and signs that cover the walls, "is more difficult to spot in his books. With each novel, he reinvents himself anew as a writer and then disappears, chameleon-like, into the background."


"That was clearly the case for Godsend, Wray’s fifth and latest novel (out October 9), which grew out of a trip he took to Afghanistan and Pakistan in winter 2016. He was there tracing the path of John Walker Lindh, the so-called “American Taliban” — a teenage convert to Islam from California who was captured by American troops in November 2001 while fighting alongside hard-line Islamists in Afghanistan — and thinking of writing a nonfiction book about him. Then someone he met mentioned offhandedly that another outsider had also fought with the Taliban: “the American girl.” Wray dug for more details about her but came up empty-handed. “I could never get any more concrete information,” he says. “And at some point I realized that I had the great good fortune of being a novelist and not a nonfiction writer.” So he set about writing the story as fiction instead."


Click the link below for the full article and keep your eyes out for John's new book realease, Godsend, on October 9th. 

Martha Rosler at the Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum will present Martha Rosler: Irrespective, a survey exhibition focused on the influential artist Martha Rosler (CRF 2009) from November 2, 2018, through March 3, 2019.

Considered one of the most important voices of her generation, Rosler weds a strong engagement with social and political issues with incisive critique, one which often focuses on mass cultural modes of representation. From her feminist photo-montages of the 1960s and 1970s to her recent large-scale installations, Rosler’s vital work – including photography, sculpture, installation, and video – reflects an enduring and passionate vision.


Location: 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City


Hours: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11am to 5:45pm; Thursday, 11am to 8pm; and Friday, 11am to 4pm.

Harold Meltzer for BMOP

BMOP begins its 23rd season with "Time Release" on Friday, October 19 at 8pm in Jordan Hall, a concert that juxtaposes two concertos for uncommon solo instruments: the American premiere of Steven Mackey’s Time Release with solo percussionist Colin Currie, and Hannah Lash performing the Boston premiere of her own Concerto No. 2 for Harp and Orchestra. Rounding out the program are Mackey’s Tonic and Vision Machine, an architecturally inspired work by Harold Meltzer (CRF 2017).

Of his skyscraper-inspired chamber orchestra work Vision Machine, Harold comments:

“I was confounded by the more than sixteen hundred colorless windowpanes, tilted in every possible direction at every possible angle, reflecting shades from the Hudson River and the West Side Highway. […] Would it be this disorienting from the inside? In the fall of 2015 I was invited up to an apartment that belonged to a friend’s friend. From the black hallways I was emptied into an apartment at the inside of the compound eye, seeing air and sea and feeling not that I was hurtling toward them, but teetering there at the edge. Several times I’ve composed pieces of music that respond to works of architecture. […] The form of each work is adapted to the way I was led, by the architect, to experience the space, the way my eyes followed its cavities, the paths I walked.”


Tickets on sale below. 

Shimon Attie's "Night Watch"

This New York Times article is about Shimon Attie (CRF 2010)'s powerful project, "Night Watch;" a tugboat dragging a barge that had been carrying an LED screen through New York City’s waterways for four days. The screen on top of the barge — 20 feet across, 12 feet high — looped a silent film lasting nearly 10 minutes. It shows portraits of a dozen individuals who live in or around the city who were granted political asylum. They appear on screen with blank faces staring intently into the camera, occasionally walking toward it.

“The waterways for New York for the last two centuries have been integral toward welcoming new immigrants from all over the world,” Mr. Attie said.


The exhibition was commissioned by More Art, a socially conscious nonprofit based in Manhattan that specializes in public art projects, and was timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly convening this week.


Click the link below to read the full interview with Shimon.

Paisley Rekdal Wins 2018 Narrative Prize

The editors of Narrative have awarded Paisley Rekdal (CRF 2017) the Narrative Prize, given annually for the best work by an emerging writer published in Narrative. Rekdal, who grew up in Seattle and now teaches at the University of Utah, receives the award for a trilogy of recent poems—“Quiver,” “Telling the Wasps,” and “The Olive Tree at Vouves,” which combine Keatsian lyricism with a mortal questioning of the nature of memory in the modern age.

In giving the award to Rekdal, Narrative’s poetry editor Michael Wiegers noted, “Rekdal revivifies the possibility of the public intellectual. Her poems are groundbreaking investigations—and reinterpretations—of long-treasured Western myths that she infuses with personal urgency and meaning. Already a force in American literature, Rekdal will delight and engage readers’ minds and hearts for decades to come.”

Rekdal, the daughter of a Chinese American mother and a Norwegian father, has lived in many countries, including France, South Korea, Ireland, and Vietnam, and her work embraces a diverse, multicultural view. She earned a BA from the University of Washington, an MA from the University of Toronto, and an MFA from the University of Michigan. She is the author of several poetry collections, including Six Girls without Pants and A Crash of Rhinos, as well as a collection of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee. She is Utah’s Poet Laureate.

Michelle Segre in KUDDELMUDDEL
Detroit, MI

Reyes Projects is pleased to announce KUDDELMUDDEL, a two-person exhibition by Michelle Segre (CRF 2016) and Scott Reeder, opening on Friday, September 28 from 6-8 PM. Both artists employ a style of art making that seams together the audacious, and unnatural while examining today’s unavoidable material culture.

Michelle Segre’s assemblages—at turns amoebic and totemic—elevate everyday sweepings to a thoughtfully mapped aesthetic plane. Within an armature of bent wire and brightly colored yarn, the artist places found and handmade matter, revealing them to be of both singular origin and enmeshed within the larger, almost biological systems of consumerism and capitalism. Blurring the lines between the home grown and the manufactured, objects such as carrots, mushrooms, fan blades, and saws force the viewer to reconsider environmental boundaries.


These freestanding and wall-mounted sculptures, while reveling in a contemporary disarray, are in tight dialogue with disparate sculptural practices over the past century: Louise Bourgeois, Isamu Noguchi, Joan Miró. They grapple with issues of permanence and temporality; of the plinth—mediating the transition between object and site. In their boisterous colors and forms, their raw, unpolished finishes act as both fly catchers and dream catchers.


The exhibition will be on view at the gallery through November 17, 2018. Please visit the link below for more information. 

Luciano Chessa
An Update

Luciano Chessa (CRF 2015) recently returned from a trip to South Turkey, where he performed at a festival for children of Syrian refugees at the border of Syria, which was a "profoundly moving experience, both human and musical."


Luciano is gearing up for the Mannes Orchestra taking the stage at Alice Tully Hall for a performance of exciting works from the 20th and 21st centuries. He joins the orchestra as guest conductor for the world premiere of Julius Eastman’s Symphony No. II - The Faithful Friend: The Lover Friend's Love for the Beloved.


Known for their bold and adventurous programming, the Mannes Orchestra has been hailed by The New York Times for playing with “inviting warmth and solidity,” and for their “intensity of focus.” The 2018/19 Season has many exciting performances, collaborations, and projects, including performances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, John L. Tishman Auditorium at The New School, and appearances with the Mannes Opera at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.



Sarah Kirkland Snider's Something for the Dark (2016)

Julius Eastman's Symphony No. 2 (with Luciano Chessa, conductor)

Einojuhani Rautavaara's Symphony No. 3

Estimated endtime: 9:15pm


Presented by the College of Performing Arts at The New School


Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
1941 Broadway, New York, New York

Gabrielle Le Bayon
Paris, France

Gabrielle Le Bayon (CRF 2017) is in a group show taking place one day only, Saturday 29.09.18, on the 41 quai de l'Oise, Paris 75019, 12pm - 10pm.

With Xavier Antin, Juan Aizpitarte, Daniela Baldelli, Simon Bergala, Karina Bisch, Burkard Blümlein, Cécile Bouffard, Roxane Borujerdi, Anne Bourse, Marielle Chabal, Nicolas Chardon, Jagna Ciuchta, Matthieu Clainchard, Christophe Cuzin, Edouard Decam, Paul Desravine, Lucy Dixon, Christophe Doucet, Alexis Guillier, Amir Habibi, Ibai Hernandorena, Sarah Holveck, Jacques Julien, Laurent Lacotte, Florie Laroche, Ingrid Luche, Stephen Maas, Nicolas Milhé, Nicolas H Muller, Pierre Paulin, Laurent Prexl, Sébastien Rémy, David Renaud, Clément Rodzielski, Sylvie Ruaulx, Jean-Baptiste Sauvage, Macdara Smith, Alexandre Szames, Lucille Ulrich, Ekaterina Usova, Derrière Les Fagots collective.

Christopher Cerrone

Christopher Cerrone (CRF 2012)'s upcoming events:


- This November, the LA Philharmonica gives the world premiere of The Insects Became Magnetic, a new work for orchestra and electronics under the baton of Roderick Cox as part of their centennial season.

- In December through February, Christopher will be curating a three concert series for the Metropolis Ensemble in New York entitled "Reiterations." It features the Argus Quartet, percussionist Andy Meyerson (of The Living Earth Show), and Sandbox Percussion and Elspeth Davis. They'll be performing works of his alongside a whole slew of friends and colleagues. You can read all about it here (

- In March, he'll present orchestrated excerpts of his new opera, "In a Grove" (with librettist Stephanie Fleischmann) at the Morgan Library in NYC.

Check out his website for more information and for more event listings:

The Land of Altered Bodies
New York Times

Civitellians Molly McCully Brown (CRF 2017) and Susannah Nevison (CRF 2015) are featured in this Times article entitled, "The Land of Altered Bodies." It explores the support, friendship, and collaboration that has grown between Molly and Susannah, two poets with disabilities who enter a landscape where they can be at home, and free.  

Molly McCully Brown is the author of the poetry collection “The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded” and a 2018-2019 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholar. Susannah Nevison is the author of the poetry collections “Lethal Theater” and “Teratology,” and a visiting professor of English and Creative Writing at Sweet Briar College.

CIMA Fellow Reflects

“Life never gets boring at Civitella: what makes it different from other residences is the balance between time spent working and social activities. The group of fellows and director’s guests gathers at dinner, while lunch is served in containers inspired by those of workers: you can either eat outside, or take it into your studio. The absence of constraints made being together even more enjoyable...” says 2018 CIMA Fellow Eloisa Morra. Click the link below to read her full report on the Civitella experience. 

The 2018 National Book Awards Longlist

This week, The New Yorker will be announcing the longlists for the 2018 National Book Awards. Among this year’s contenders for the National Book Award for Poetry are three Civitellians:


Terrance Hayes (CRF 2015), “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin”
Future Director's Guest Natasha Trethewey, “Monument: Poems New and Selected”
Jenny Xie (CRF 2018), “Eye Level”


See the full list below. 

Rae Armantrout, “Wobble”
Wesleyan University Press

Jos Charles, “feeld”
Milkweed Editions

Forrest Gander, “Be With”
New Directions

Terrance Hayes, “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin”
Penguin Books / Penguin Random House

J. Michael Martinez, “Museum of the Americas”
Penguin Books / Penguin Random House

Diana Khoi Nguyen, “Ghost Of”
Omnidawn Publishing

Justin Phillip Reed, “Indecency”
Coffee House Press

Raquel Salas Rivera, “lo terciario / the tertiary”
Timeless, Infinite Light

Natasha Trethewey, “Monument: Poems New and Selected”
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Jenny Xie, “Eye Level”
Graywolf Press

An Artist Who Champions and Channels Female Voices
Petah Coyne

In her first solo exhibition in New York in nearly a decade, Petah Coyne (CRF 2005) conceives ambitious tableaux that evoke cross-cultural themes of vanity, grief, and tragedy.

Coyne is known for championing and channeling female voices, and her new velvet work, “Untitled #1379 (The Doctor’s Wife),” was conceived in 1997, whilst she was thinking about the push and pull that can happen between sisters, mothers and daughters, feminists. She returned to the piece two years ago, using as her touchstone a 1966 novel about bitter female competition by Sawako Ariyoshi. The writings of Flannery O’Connor, Zora Neale Hurston and Joan Didion, among others, have also long infiltrated her work.


In "Untitled #1379 (The Doctor's Wife)" — one of her many extravagant and psychologically complex sculptures, two shrouded female figures rise from a sumptuous landscape of dark velvet and wax-dipped silk flowers. One is imperious in posture, the other turns away in stubborn resistance. Their tense standoff seems to charge the roiling swells and eddies of material between them.


A firsthand witness to how tensions can fracture a group of women, Ms. Coyne believes that “this is such a great time for women, but if we don’t evolve we’re just going to keep going around and around. I want to see my generation help the next generation.” She hopes her sculptures expose deep wells of meaning and memory and relationship that leads to reflection for viewers, all the while intermingling ideas of beauty and death. 


Coyne's work is on show through October 27th.

Martín Soto Climent: Everything Begins Somewhere Else
Mexico City

Everything Begins Somewhere Else is the second solo show of the artist Martín Soto Climent (CRF 2013) at PROYECTOS MONCLOVA. The exhibition features twenty new works by the artist, which become structural elements part of the gallery itself, dividing its spaces. Climent highlights with this show the importance of poetry in his work as a mean to escape from the sordidness of existence, taking as major inspiration the writings of the poet Argentinian poet Roberto Juarroz.

As said by the artist in the accompanying statement: “I stick to poetry as I feel that Being as an entity is total and it embraces far more than we can understand when navigating within the limits of tangible reality, caught within the scarce possibilities of rational thought.”

Proyectos Monclova
13 Sep 2018 — 20 Oct 2018

Annie Lewandowski

Annie Lewandowski (CRF 2014) has a performance on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction, her release of "Bitter Banquet" on Fo'c'sle Records with East and West Coast performances, an upcoming premiere of "Cetus: Life After Life" and the Intonarumori at Cornell's Biennial, CAGE's recording "Bertoia" forthcoming on Weighter, and the Powerdove trio collaborates with dancers in the US... all coming up.

Read more below. 

October 19, 2018
Cetus: Life after Life (for Cornell Chimes and Whale Song)
McGraw Tower
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
(Made possible with the generous support of the Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial)


December 9, 2018
Bitter Banquet Record Release on Fo'c'sle Records!
With Theresa Wong and Fred Frith
Installation by Elkhanah Pulitzer
Poetry by Jane Hirschfield
I.O.U. - the Institute of Advanced Uncertainty
Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA


February 1, 2019
Powerdove with Yarn/Wire
The Stone


March 7-9, 2019
Powerdove with Thomas Bonvalet and Chad Popple
Locally Grown Dance
Cornell University's Kiplinger Theatre
Ithaca, NY

Scandanavia House NY

ASF invites you to attend the opening of a new exhibition, Light Lines: The Art of Jan Groth, Inger Johanne Grytting, and Civitellian Thomas Pihl (CRF 2004), an exhibition celebrating three Norwegian artists whose simplicity and expressive vibrancy recalls the Scandinavian sublime of past generations. Each shares close ties with the New York community and an interest in the power of the reductive.

Light Lines: The Art of Jan Groth, Inger Johanne Grytting, and Thomas Pihl will be on view from October 13 through January 12, 2019. On Thursday, October 11, we will host a special opening party beginning with an artist panel at 6 PM. A special Members Preview Viewing will take place on Friday, October 12, from 12 to 6 PM.


The exhibition is curated by Karin Hellandsjø, Museum Director Emerita of the Henie Onstad Art Centre. It has been organized by the American Scandinavian Foundation and is funded in part by generous grants from The Bergesen Foundation and The Leif Hoegh Foundation.


Link to RSVP. 

NYT Love and Travel

Dan Chaon (CRF 2018) and future Civitellian Leslie Jamison featured in the New York Times's second annual LOVE ISSUE, writing on the intersection of relationship and place.

Leslie's article entitled "Wales: In the Mail, Reminders of Love" is a story of care packages received during a stay in Wales that were a discovery: that love could ground you wherever you landed, even as you flung yourself away from it.


Dan's, entitled "Dordogne, France: Memory, Disrupted by Loss," is about the terrible beauty of being in love: that you will know things together that no one else will know, events that exist only in the commingling and exchange of memories.


Rainbow Room/ The Year in Hate
Rochelle Feinstein

Campoli Presti is pleased to present Rochelle Feinstein (CRF 2011)'s first exhibition with the gallery, Rainbow Room / The Year in Hate.

"For over thirty years, Rochelle Feinstein, who is also a professor at Yale, has built a personal body of work that is deeply committed to painting as a medium inevitably entwined to its moment. Feinstein interrogates the function of abstraction within a larger cultural and political context yet always through the prism of her own lived experience. Through text/ground interplays and an incisive sense of humor, Feinstein scrutinizes the formal repertoire of painting and her own positioning as an artist within the structures of art production."

For this exhibition, Feinstein will combine two mirroring propositions, Rainbow Room and The Year in Hate, to explore the dysfunctional relationships between language, perception and constructed meanings. Feinstein chooses two highly recognizable elements, a rainbow and a calendar to reflect on their nature as found forms. Feinstein usually takes written or visual materials related to her immediate environment as a point of departure and allows them to permeate through the works, negotiating between history and biography. Inspiring metaphor
and simile, rainbows have been a cultural signifier of hope, chance, and new beginnings.


During her stay at the American Academy in Rome, Feinstein collected a set of images of a double rainbow to experiment with its deceptive meaning. Feinstein's jagged, physically active surfaces end up deconstructing the rainbow's vibrant colors to turn them into vacant atmospheres.


The rainbow's counterpart, hate, is evoked in Feinstein's silkscreen paintings based on professional images of Italian boxing matches from 1938 to 1946. The Year in Hate recalls the incessant, never-ending acts of physical and symbolic violence as a result of the US' current political administration.


As Feinstein has done in earlier works, titles set events into a different temporality, questioning the reductionism involved in fixing a particular month or date for a situation that is closer to permanent, such as the “women's history month” or “earth day”. A different idea of periodisation is also present in the way Feinstein thinks about styles, series of works or retrospectives. Instead of temporally organizing works according to an overdetermined
idea, Feinstein creates a pre/posthumous body of work, like in the Estate of Rochelle F., or alter the works' order, like in her different versions of her retrospectives at the Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich, at the Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover and her upcoming one at Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York.


Rochelle Feinstein’s (1947) work will be the subject of a major retrospective at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, opening in November 2018. Her work was recently the subject of a solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Baselland. Preceding surveys were exhibited at Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2017), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2016), and Lenbachhaus, Munich (2016). Feinstein was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Feinstein’s work is part of the public collections of Lenbachhaus, Munich; Museum of Modern Art, New York and Perez Art Museum Miami.


For further information, please contact Cora Muennich

Spaceless Polyphonies

Spaceless Polyphonies, the 9th edition of concert series Villa Romana, curated by Civitella Advisory Council Member Francesco Dillon, is to take place in Florence during the 15th and 16th of September.

One of the pieces will be Occhi, the new Pocket Opera by the Japanese composer and future 2019 Civitellian, Noriko Baba.

See link below for the program and more info. 

The series will follow the common theme of timeless and spaceless mutating polyphonies that are rich in assonances and references to worlds only seemingly distant from each other, from both the stylistic and temporal points of view.

The program of Timeless /Spaceless Polyphonies is distinguished by the superb level of accomplishment of the invited artists and the variety of events on offer. It is a quest for non-sectorial musical directions that bring together only apparently distant languages (classical and contemporary music, electronics, improvisation, figurative art and oral narration) through themes that go beyond categories and aim at speaking to (and helping to create) a curious and dynamic audience.

American Literature Grand Prize

Le Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine (American Literature Grand Prize) is a French literary award given annually to an American novel translated into French and published in that year. On Monday the jury, consisting of  three literary critics, three publishers and three booksellers, announced their first round selections for the American Literature Grand Prize. Among the nine selected novels to advance for the prize is current Civitellian Dan Chaon (CRF 2018)'s novel, "Ill Will" or "Une douce lueur de malveillance" in French, translated by Hélène Fournier. 

The second round of novels will become public on October 8th, and on November 12th, 2018, the grand prize will be revealed.

What's Left of the Night

2010 Director's Guest Ersi Sotiropoulos's novel "What's Left of the Night", translated to English, is now available. There will be an event to present and discuss "What's Left of the Night" at 7pm on October 15 at McNally Jackson Books in New York. 

Learn more about the book below. 

In June 1897, the young Constantine Cavafy arrives in Paris on the last stop of a long European tour, a trip that will deeply shape his future and push him toward his poetic inclination. With this lyrical novel, tinged with an hallucinatory eroticism that unfolds over three unforgettable days, celebrated Greek author Ersi Sotiropoulos depicts Cavafy in the midst of a journey of self-discovery across a continent on the brink of massive change. He is by turns exhilarated and tormented by his homosexuality; the Greek-Turkish War has ended in Greece’s defeat and humiliation; France is torn by the Dreyfus Affair, and Cavafy’s native Alexandria has surrendered to the indolent rhythms of the East. A stunning portrait of a budding author—before he became C.P. Cavafy, one of the 20th century’s greatest poets—that illuminates the complex relationship of art, life, and the erotic desires that trigger creativity.

What You Have Heard is True
A Memoir

Carolyn Forché (CRF 2012)'s memoir "What You Have Heard is True" is now available on Amazon.

Read more below. 

" "What You Have Heard is True" is a devastating, lyrical, and visionary memoir about a young woman's brave choice to engage with horror in order to help others. Written by one of the most gifted poets of her generation, this is the story of a woman's radical act of empathy, and her fateful encounter with an intriguing man who changes the course of her life. "

Vladimir Radunsky
In Memoriam


Dear friends,


Vladimir Radunsky (CRF 2009) died this past week in Rome. Vladimir was born in the Ural Mountains in Russia and migrated to the United States in 1982. Vladimir then lived in Rome with his wife, Eugenia and twin daughters who are now living and working in Paris. Radunsky was best known for his beautiful and imaginative children's books, artwork, and collages.  His work dealt with imagination, humor, peace, tolerance, and inclusivity. In one of his greatest projects and masterpieces, he designed the sets and costumes for the ballet, Don Chisiotte, at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma last year. 


In addition to being a wonderful Fellow at Civitella, Vladimir nominated many artists and colleagues from Russia and around the world for fellowships at the Castle.  We will miss his laughter, appetite, good humor, and generosity. 

Modes of Mapping

Upcoming exhibition, Modes of Mapping, at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center featuring Civitella Advisory Council Member Francesco Simeti (CRF 2012).

September 6 - October 25
Opening Reception: September 6, 5-8pm
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12-6pm


Shirley Fiterman Art Center
81 Barclay Street
New York, NY

Music of Today: Christian Mason

Christian Mason (CRF 2017), a graduate of the Philharmonia Composer’s Academy, presetns the world premiere of "Man Made", his song cycle based on poems by David Harsent that reflects themes of man made loss and destruction, and "Layers of Love", a work that conjures up the feeling of longing for something unattainable.

World premiere to take place Thursday 24 May 2018, 6pm

Royal Festival Hall, London
Venue Box Office: 020 3879 9555

Boyce Cummings with Site:Lab

Boyce Cummings (CRF 2017) worked with Site:lab, a nomadic all-volunteer artist-led initiative that has organized over 20 projects primarily in underutilized sites, to create a large scale site specific installation called "An American Dream" in a former private high school located in Michigan. With the addition of locally sourced objects most of the materials utilized in this work come from the former high school site in which it is contained.

See it at:

415 Franklin, Grand Rapids MI
9/19/18 - 10/7/18


Opening reception:
6:00 - 9:00

Having Gone I Will Return

Petah Coyne (CRF 2011) to show Having Gone I Will Return, a solo exhibition of new and recent work at the Galerie Lelong & Co. In her first solo exhibition in New York in nearly a decade, Coyne conceives ambitious tableaux that evoke cross-cultural themes of vanity, grief, and tragedy.

Her richly layered, deeply psychological sculptures evince a long-standing interest in literature and literary figures, from Bruno Schulz to Joan Didion, and Japanese literature and film in particular. The exhibition title, Having Gone I Will Return, is an English translation of two Japanese terms for saying goodbye taken from Richard Lloyd Parry’s Ghosts of the Tsunami. Coyne often ties these tales to her own personal narratives of family and friends lost.


Opening reception: Thursday, September 13, 6-8pm

Burning Song

Haines Gallery is presenting Burning Song, a solo exhibition by Iranian American artist Shiva Ahmadi (CRF 2018). Ahmadi draws from the artistic traditions of the Middle East to reflect on contemporary geopolitical tensions. Featuring a new body of work that is at once humorous, scathing, and heartbreaking, Burning Song is Ahmadi’s response to a world in turmoil.

Working across a variety of media that includes painting, digital animation, and sculpture, Ahmadi addresses the machinations of despotic regimes (and the complicity of their drone-like followers), the horrors of war, and their effects on innocent lives—using beauty to seduce the viewer into her exquisitely crafted scenes. The vibrant fantasy realms in Ahmadi’s works are, upon closer inspection, macabre theaters of conflict. The artist appropriates and subverts imagery derived from Persian and Indian miniature paintings, which traditionally depict courtly scenes, mythological epics, and the heroic feats of rulers. By contrast, in Ahmadi’s works, figures are faceless, bloodied, and enchained, linked together in endless cycles of violence. Headless horses drag chariots of fire and rubble. Overlaying washes of atmospheric watercolor with precisely applied inks and acrylic paint, Ahmadi conjures a world where fortified walls open to reveal not palaces, but oil refineries and nuclear power plants—allusions to modern seats of power.

Since 2015, Ahmadi has been concerned with the escalating refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe and, more recently, the plight of detainees at the US-Mexico Border. Having come to the US from Iran in 1998, the immigrant experience is one that she is keenly aware of and sympathetic to. In a nod to the perpetual state of uncertainty that so many people are now experiencing, her new works see an growing tendency towards abstraction, with figures
and scenes that are suggestive rather than descriptive. Tightly controlled tableaux are increasingly destabilized, with floating masses of rubble and viscera that suggest the aftermath of an explosion, the scattered pieces of what was once whole. Flying Carpet (2018), for
example, depicts an ornate Persian rug, burning as onlookers point and pick. Such carpets are objects of cultural and historical significance in Iranian homes; throughout the exhibition, Ahmadi’s paintings speak to the anxiety of dislocation and the insecurities that arise
when crossing into unfamiliar (and sometimes unwelcoming) lands. 


September 6 - October 27, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Night Watch

More Art collaborates with multidisciplinary artist Shimon Attie (CRF 2010) and refugee empowerment organizations to present a floating multi-media film experience during the UN Annual General Assembly. 

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, More Art will premiere Night Watch, a floating film installation portraying refugees and asylees who have fled violence and discrimination from their homelands. This work by Shimon Attie, which will traverse New York City’s waterways during the United Nations Annual General Assembly, features 12 individuals (largely LGBTQ and youth) who have been granted political asylum in the US. Night Watch is displayed on a 20-foot-wide by 12-foot-tall LED screen mounted aboard a large utility vessel. The silent, floating film was produced in close collaboration with Immigration Equality, Safe Passage Project and RIF, and in consultation with ORAM, New Women New Yorkers, and New York for Syrian Refugees. Night Watch confronts the urgent social issue of refugees in the U.S. The traveling project will be on view along the waterfront from September 20 to September 27, 2018. Each day, the public can track the boat to attend historical tours, cultural events, and workshops related to immigrant rights. 

Encounter the traveling film at various waterfront locations and parks in NYC & NJ every day from 6-10PM, September 20-27th.

Michele Ciacciofera at Marc Straus

Marc Straus Gallery presents SUTURES, a group exhibition of artworks that employ weaving, sewing, and/or fibrous elements such as thread in the composition. Included in the works is Michele Ciacciofera (CRF 2016). 

Weaving and sewing were traditionally recognized as craft, and women’s work, but its importance has outgrown such narrow considerations and it is now an integral part of the work of artists from around the world, both men and women. SUTURES explores the continued invention of art within this broad genre. How does an artist imbue a strong sense of history and memory into this delicate process? From woven object to sculpture, each artist introduces his/her own distinct thread-work that elicits an individual expression of labor, love, and intimacy. Consider the process of creating the woven object: a work may begin with a single string and conclude as a complex and interconnected whole. Taken as a metaphor for life, weaving mirrors perhaps the circulatory system; arteries and veins, and speaks to the intricate web of human consequences, each choice as important as the next ultimately culminating in a fragile and complicated existence.


Michele's piece that is part of larger, complex conceptual installation, Janas Code. The three-paneled work is based on the legends of his native Sardinia: mythical Janas fairies left messages and materials for humans to later find, that aided their early societal developments. The myths are a means to examine the “centrality of women to Sardinian society and highlight their crucial role in the preservation and transmission of memory to the future generations.” The gridded frame supports a woven network of coded objects, recalling the secret alphabet of symbols of the Janas, representative of collective memory and knowledge being passed down through generations and the cycles of myth becoming human history.


SUTURES is on view through October 16th, 2018

Geographies of Imagination

SAVVY Contemporary presents "Geographies of Imagination," a research exhibition featuring work from Michele Ciacciofera (CRF 2016) and curated by Bonaventure S. B. Ndikung (Jury 2016), from September 13th to November 9th.

Geographies of Imagination is a research exhibition and programme within DIS-OTHERING: BEYOND AFROPOLITAN AND OTHER LABELS, a collaborative project between BOZAR–Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), Kulturen in Bewegung (Vienna) and SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin) on the necessary deconstruction of “othering” practices in European cultural institutions. It consists of an exhibition, symposia, a festival, talks and performances, a residency program, mapping research, and a website, all manifesting in 2018 and 2019 in Berlin, Brussels, Vienna and Warsaw. These different formats share the bringing together of artists, communities, thinkers and people of all walks of life to reflect on contemporary processes and technologies of “Dis-Othering.”



13.09.2018: 19:00

Thur-Sun: 14:00–19:00

Patricia Cronin

Patricia Cronin (CRF 2009) is the inaugural artist in the Tampa Museum of Art's new biennial series Conversations with the Collection, bringing her signature strain of conceptual art to her full range of artistic processes and materials from ancient to contemporary.

Cronin has created Aphrodite Reimagined, which includes a commissioned monumental outdoor sculpture of Aphrodite inspired by a life size 1st-century AD fragmentary marble torso of the goddess of love and beauty in the Museum’s collection. Cronin’s sculpture re-envisions the statue as a “complete” sculpture with a stone torso and translucent head, arms, and legs. The sculpture invites viewers to reconsider the narrative of an ancient work heavily restored after its rediscovery, and acts as a metaphor for shifting certainties about human history. 


Patricia Cronin, Aphrodite and the Lure of Antiquity:
Conversations with the Collection

August 16, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Tampa Museum of Art
Tampa, FL

Where is Poetry Now?
The Paris Review

For each of the next four issues of the Paris Review, editor Emily Nemens, will work in tandem with four quite different, highly esteemed poets to find and select poems that define the forefront of literature. Among the guest poetry editors are Civitellians Henri Cole (DG 2017) and Monica Youn (CRF 2013). 

By way of introduction, the Paris Review asked each to provide a short response to the following prompt: Where is poetry now?


Henri Cole (featured in issue no. 226) says: "I think American poetry is much as I found it forty years ago as a student.  The poets I loved are gone, but their poems have imprinted me with their depictions of bliss, loss, trembling, compulsion, desire, and disease.

I think being a poet in the world opposes the very nature of it, which is driven by profit.  In a poem, we have only a little snapshot of the soul in a moment of being.  Still, though there is no monetary gain, there is profit.  Something enters the brain that wasn’t there before—an illumination, an aliveness, a triumphing over shame..." 


Monica Youn (featuerd in issue no. 228) says: "Poetry was last spotted wandering in the wilderness, asking itself the question, “Why am I?” This is a moment of explosive communication, where tweets, status updates, emojis and the acronyms du jour have become primary modes of self-expression, and we recite song lyrics and protest slogans far more often than poems. It’s also a moment in which many of us have, with renewed urgency, been scrutinizing our own complacencies, our histories, our actions and inactions, our words and our silences. So it’s an opportune time for poetry to be questioning its own necessity – a reality check every art form or artist should engage in at healthy intervals..."

John Kelly Fall Benefit


A special performance of John Kelly Sings Joni Mitchell: Down To You
Followed by cocktails and an intimate encore. 

Wednesday, September 19th
7pm Show at Joe's Pub
8:30 pm Reception at Dan Scheffey's East Village home

All benefit tickets include prime seating for the performance at Joe’s Pub and post-performance cocktail reception. Benefit tickets do not include food or drink at Joe’s Pub. There is a 2 drink or $12 food minimum per person at Joe’s Pub. A portion of each benefit ticket is a tax-deductible contribution to John Kelly Performance. Funds raised support the development of John Kelly’s creative projects during 2018 and beyond. If you have questions about benefit tickets email

Tania Leon

Advisory Council member Tania Leon (CRF 2003) named curator of National Sawdust in Brooklyn in the 2018-2019 season.

"From her time serving as as a founding member and inaugural musical director of Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem to her position advising Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic, this composer, conductor and artistic advisor continuously defies notions of race and gender through her work. She brings this defiant spirit to her curation at National Sawdust, where she will present a concert of music written entirely by Latina women, serve as a judge for the Hildegard Competition for female and nonbinary composers, and showcasing her own iconic compositions in an evening honoring her work."


Sun Xun Richard Koh Fine Art

Richard Koh Fine Art in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia presents a selection of work by Chinese artist Sun Xun (CRF 2012). The show featuring watercolor drawings and stop-motion animation films runs through August 14 229, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Xun is counted among China’s most talented rising young artists and the works on view clearly reflect his artistic practice. It is a combination of meticulous craftsmanship in traditional artistic expression and forward thinking. “Sun works adeptly across diverse mediums to provide an immersive installation punctuated with exuberant new energy for when reality and fantasy collide,” the gallery writes. “One who’s intrinsic motivation is to expand the potentials of his choice medium, Sun masterly weaves traditional visual formats of drawing, painting, and woodcut into sequences of digital stop-motion animation.” This is the first solo exhibition in Malaysia by the artist.

Gary Shteyngart Book Tour

Hear Gary Shteyngart (CRF 2009) speak on his book "Lake Success" all across the USA in September.


“Lake Success is Gary Shteyngart, so you already know it’s the funniest book you’ll read all year. But the surprise here is the novel’s epic sweep, its melancholy resonance. What begins as a rollicking and zinger-filled road trip sneakily deepens into a poignant tale of a man trying to outrace his problems. I was utterly floored by Shteyngart’s staggeringly beautiful denouement.”—Maria Semple

Tuesday, September 4 – New York, NY
Barnes & Noble Union Square
Location: B&N Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003


Wednesday, September 5 – New York, NY
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Greenlight Bookstore
In conversation with Angela Ledgerwood
Location: St. Joseph’s College | 245 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

The Music of Eve Belgarian
Mass MoCA

New York composer and producer Eve Beglarian (CRF 2006) to play pieces that have their roots in literature at the MASS MoCA.

Her piece The Marriage of Heaven and Hell comes from her reading of William Blake, her piece Waiting for Billy Floyd comes from reading Eudora Welty.


Tuesday, July 24th, 4:30pm. 

Free with gallery admission. 

Heat Brain
Derek Eller Gallery

Derek Eller Gallery is pleased to present Heat Brain, the gallery’s 21st summer exhibition including recent work by Civitellians John Newman (DG 2014) and Michelle Segre (CRF 2016), among others.

In these long midsummer days, our elevated body temperatures begin to have a physiological effect on our minds’ perception. In this exhibition, the viewers’ fevered confusion is complimented by works of varied processes and materials ranging from the glazed ceramics of Cherubini to dried, painted mushrooms of Segre. In the works by Fuller, Linde Busk and Shaver human forms collapse into puddles of melted figuration. Berryhill, Gunderson, and Dupuis present familiar images warped, disconnected and teetering on the line of abstraction while Hughes, Newman and Shotz conjure optical illusions like mirages across the hot asphalt of a highway stretching out into the distance.  

July 12-August 14

Music for the Eyes
Siena, Italy

"Music for the Eyes," an exhibition running from August 10th to November 14th at the Santa Maria della Scala in Siena, features Civitellian Robert Boyd (CRF 2010) is a featured visual artist in the "visual-sound exhibition" component of the three-part show. Boyd will be showing his  “Xanadu” installation (pictured). 

Music for the Eyes is an innovative project that investigates, through video installations and video clips, the contamination between video art and pop music.

The "visual-sound exhibition" intends to analyze the state of fertile contamination that not only leads artists to experiment with video clips, but above all as video clips and pop music offer unpublished creative videos to the video artists. The second section presents a wide selection of video clips made by famous film directors. The third section presents fourteen video clips made by some of the most significant and subversive contemporary artists. 


Siena, Santa Maria della Scala

10 August-4 November

Full ticket: € 9.00

Reduced ticket: € 7.00

M, T, W, F, Sat, Sun: 10.00 am - 7.00 pm
Th: 10.00 - 22.00 ;

Kanishka Raja
In Memoriam

Dear friends,


We must share the sad news that at 6:15 am yesterday, Civitellian Kanishka Raja passed away peacefully in his sleep in the company of his parents and two cousins.


Kanishka Raja was a painter working across media, at the intersection of representation, craft, ornament and multiple textile and printing technologies. In interconnected bodies of work that consider the visual politics of neutral and contested territories and reflect the multivalent, multilayered hybridity of post colonial urban spaces, Raja’s paintings and their woven, scanned, printed, embroidered and reproduced counterparts interlock in complex visual fields charged with colliding realms of the foreign and the familiar.

The artist was born in Calcutta and lived and worked in New York and Kolkata. As per his wishes, In two months time, there will be a celebration of his life in New York.


In New York, Kanishka’s work is on view in the current group show at Experimenter/Bridget Donahue (

In Kolkata, his work will be in an exhibition at Experimenter in August.


His work will live on forever, and that is his gift to us. He was a great artist, friend, and loved-one. Join us in saying goodbye to a friend and comrade, across the two Bengals. 

William Kentridge - The Head and The Load
World Premiere

Tate Modern joins forces with 14–18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, to commemorate the significant contribution of African men and women in this conflict. 

The world premiere of this major new work is performed against the dramatic backdrop of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. William Kentridge (CRF 1996)'s latest project combines music, dance, film projections, mechanised sculptures and shadow play to create an imaginative landscape on an epic scale. It tells the untold story of the hundreds of thousands of African porters and carriers who served in British, French and German forces during the First World War.


Turbine Hall

London SE1 9TG


11 JULY 2018 AT 19.00–20.10
12 JULY 2018 AT 19.00–20.10
13 JULY 2018 AT 20.00–21.10
14 JULY 2018 AT 16.00–17.10 AND 20.00–21.10
15 JULY 2018 AT 13.00–14.10 AND 16.00–17.10

Shahpour Pouyan in the 5th edition of Jaou Tunis
Kamel Lazaar Foundation

The Secret History of the Carthaginian War Elephant is the first collaborative installation and ongoing project that Shahpour Pouyan (CRF 2016) has with the novelist Anelise Chen. This new body of work creates a direct dialogue between fiction and sculpture, an attempt to examine the enigmatic within a historical context. 

Using research about elephants, military history, and Hannibal, they synthesize a dream-history through which the elephant becomes a proxy for exploring the dynamics of power. By telling this dream-history through the institutional mode of archaeological curation, Pouyan and Chen also call attention to the ways in which historical narratives are always fictions of a kind. Institutional memory is often influenced by political agendas, which we see manifesting in myriad ways in the current moment.


This installation is currently on view in the 5th edition of Jaou Tunis, a group exhibition organized by Kamel Lazaar Foundation in Tunis.

Du Yun Honored by Carnegie Corporation of New York
New York, NY

Carnegie Corporation of New York released its annual list of Great Immigrants on June 28 comprised of 38 naturalized citizens who enrich the fabric of American culture and strengthen our democracy through their lives, their work, and their example, and new Civitella Ranieri Board Member Du Yun (CRF 2015) is honored as one of them. 

Every Fourth of July since 2006, the Corporation has sponsored the public awareness initiative to commemorate the legacy of the founder, Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie, who believed strongly in both immigration and citizenship. Today the Great Immigrants tribute is an archive of accomplishment featuring more than 500 exemplary naturalized U.S. citizens. For 2018, the honorees represent nearly 30 different countries of origin, a range of personal immigration experiences, and high-level leadership in numerous fields, all of them united through their experience of becoming Americans.

Writing as Drag: Alexander Chee's Essays
Times Book Review

Alexander Chee (CRF 2011)'s "How to Write an Autobiographical Novel" is, according to the Times, "a disarming title for an essay collection by Alexander Chee, given that he’s fresh from the success of a novel that on the face of it was anything but autobiographical." However, for Chee, the writer's life always lurks just beyond the page. 

The Times book review compares Chee's detailed description in his essay "Girl" of his first time in drag, to Chee's life and this book. That experience for Chee "allowed him to collapse his identities as a gay man, a Korean-American and a New England transplant into a pleasing totality," which then propelled his work. 


The Times states that "If writing, too, is a form of drag for Chee, it is also an act of mystic invocation and transference." Chee's essays [are] generous; these pieces are personal, never pedagogical. They bespeak an unguarded sincerity and curiosity."


“We are not what we think we are,” [Chee] writes. “The stories we tell of ourselves are like thin trails across something that is more like the ocean. A mask afloat on the open sea.”

Eliza Griswold's New Book

"Her sensitive and judicious new book... is neither an outraged sermon delivered from a populist soapbox nor a pinched, professorial lecture."

Eliza Griswold (CRF 2011)'s new book is entitled "Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America". Griswold, a journalist and a poet, paid close attention to a community in southwestern Pennsylvania over the course of seven years to convey its confounding experience with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a process that injects water and chemicals deep into the ground in order to shake loose deposits of natural gas.

John Roberts
In Memory of John Roberts

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Chairman Emeritus of Civitella Ranieri, John Roberts. John died on June 8 after a short intense battle against cancer.


John Roberts served Civitella since its inception as both a Board Director and then as Board Chairman. His love for the Castle, for Italy, and his immense regard and respect for our Founder, Ursula Corning, were constantly apparent in every action he took on behalf of the Foundation.


His frequent visits to the Castle were always welcome and he especially loved meeting the Fellows and hearing how valid their time at Civitella was. “He always asked about the Fellows,” Executive Director, Dana Prescott, said. “He was curious about their work, their lives, and how we might better serve them. He was my first Board Chairman and it was he, really, who trained me and worked closely with me to both respect the past of the Foundation and plan solidly for its future. John was gracious, diplomatic, and well versed in the laws of Italy and the United States. In my 12 years as Director, John missed a grand total of two Board meetings, further testament to how seriously he held his responsibilities as Chair and Board Director. We will miss him profoundly in the coming years.”

John Newman's Lithographs
New Work

John Newman (DG 2014) recently visited Shark's to make four prints: Head First, Second Head First, A small monument to Heliotropism (above) and Looking through to 'Light and lace-maker' (below). These prints are both specific in formal design and yet elicit a wide spectrum of responses - they ask to be interrogated, mediated upon, and, marveled at.

Newman's drawings and prints compress the role of drawing and sculpture. He depicts illusionistic spaces and forms that defy physical laws, like Piranesi's visionary architecture.  

"Urban Inventory" and "Alone at the Vanguard"
The New Yorker Recommends

In an article in the New Yorker, Civitellians Wang Lu (CRF 2016) and Fred Hersch (DG 2013) 's new songs are recommended to listeners.

From the article:

On Lu: "I’ve listened at least a dozen times to the composer Wang Lu’s new album, “Urban Inventory” (New Focus Recordings), and remain happily lost in its riotous maze of ideas and images. Every moment is vividly etched, drenched in instrumental color, steeped in influences that range from ancient Chinese folk music to the latest detonations of the European avant-garde. A starry array of ensembles, including the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Alarm Will Sound, and the International Contemporary Ensemble, bring the music to rambunctious life. The flow of events is so rapid and so variegated that nothing settles into the groove of the familiar."


On Hersch: "Sessions at the Village Vanguard have always made for my favorite recordings, and the album seemed like one of the more private conversations a listener could have with Hersch. There’s no accompaniment; it’s just him, live, playing a smattering of classics and original compositions."

Lost in Space (After Huck) at the Jack Shainman Gallery/The School
Kinderhook, NY

Shimon Attie (CRF 2010) has re-mounted an immersive multi-media installation, now at Jack Shainman Gallery/The School in Kinderhook, NY.

"Lost in Space" opens this coming Sunday, May 20, and runs through October 6. The gallery will be providing 2-way transportation from New York City this Sunday for the opening, but seats must be reserved in advance.

The artwork, Lost in Space (After Huck) combines cast resin sculpture w/a multi-channel video and sound environment to create an immersive Installation. For Lost in Space, Attie drew inspiration from the St. Louis Art Museum’s proximity both to the Mississippi River and to Ferguson, MO.  The artwork conflates Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn – in part an allegory on 19th century American race relations- with present-day first responder/community relations.

Amy Ellingson at Robischon Gallery
Denver, CO

Robischon Gallery will present "Sweetbitter Beast," by Amy Ellingson (CRF 2007). The opening reception of the solo exhibition will take place May 17th, 6-8pm, in Denver, CO. The show will run through July 14th.

"Sweetbitter Beast" includes four new paintings, a sculptural installation and a suite of four prints. 


From Amy: "I am pleased to announce my recent print project, published by Magnolia Editions. I thoroughly enjoyed this collaboration with the Master Printers at Magnolia, which allowed me to explore the complex layering potential of printmaking. Identical/Variation (green, red, blue, black) is a suite of four prints, each comprising an etching in black ink, printed at Magnolia from a plate created on Magnolia’s flatbed printer; elements of vibrant acrylic color; and a relief woodcut, printed in four different colors in variable orientation. Like the Identical/Variation theme that I have revisited over the years in my paintings, Identical/Variation (green, red, blue, black) employs a variable matrix that allows for the possibility of originality within the parameters of repetition."

Housebooks Venezia
Venezia, Italia

Opening Night: Thursday, May 24th. 6:30- 8:30 pm

May 25th-Sept. 30th:
Mon: 3 pm – 7 pm
Tue → Fri: 10 am – 1 pm | 3 pm – 7 pm Free entry

bruno dorsoduro 2729 30123 Venezia — Italia

Cristian Chironi (DG 2012) crosses the space at bruno with a selection of artworks that create a dialogue with architects Pierre Jeanneret, Tadao Ando, Le Corbusier and their works.

Exhibited in Italy for the first time and created between 2016 and 2017 while resident in homes designed by each of the architects’, these artworks position reinterpreted books in a brand-new space-time dimension. Pages act as architectural elements and are associated to other materials.


Housebooks is a project of the artist in collaboration with bruno. Throughout its duration meetings will be organized in the presence of the artist using video and speaking interventions related to the architectures covered in the exhibition in order to indirectly reactivate the spaces treated in the pages and create a dialogue with art and architecture.The presence of the artist will be an opportunity for an artist publication designed and published by bruno. 

Daniel Zeller at Pierogi
New York, New York

“Recent Drawings” by Daniel Zeller (CRF, 2007)

12 May—24 June, 2018

Book release event at PIEROGI in conjunction with Zeller's current exhibition:
Tuesday, June 19th.  6–8pm

A one-person exhibition of recent works on paper by Daniel Zeller. In this new body of work Zeller continues to develop and expand upon his invented topo-cellular cartographic universe, utilizing the modest media of pencil, ink, and paper. The new drawings could all be part of the same world, each referencing different possible regions of that world. They seem to draw from one another—as Zeller continues to develop a language of marks and shapes—to create new terrains, new organisms. These drawings exhibit Zeller’s characteristic push/pull between macro and micro worlds, referencing biological, topographical, stratographic, astronomical, and other imagery that he has absorbed like a science nerd and reimagined to create entirely new forms. He blurs the boundaries between invention and reality with his convincing terrains, and tests even further by, in some instances, referencing actual places or entities.

How Fiction Helped Alexander Chee Face Reality
The New Yorker

New Yorker article about Civitellian writer Alexander Chee (CRF 2011). He talks about his life experiences and how the process of writing has helped him face is own realities and thus become more in tune with his authentic self. 

An excerpt reads: "'Sometimes you don’t know who you are until you put on a mask,' Chee writes. Each [excursion] into a kind of lived fiction allowed Chee to confront and accept something he had, at least in part, rejected about himself: his mixed heritage, his queerness...'The things I saw in my life, learned things, didn’t fit back into the boxes of my life,' Chee writes. But they did fit into a novel. Through fiction, Chee was able to bring himself back to the real world." 

New Trio CD: Live in Europe

New album realease, "Live in Europe" by Fred Hersch (DG 2013) and longtime associates, bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson.  

Consisting of six Hersch originals and two significant compositions apiece from Thelonious Monk ("We See," "Blue Monk") and Wayne Shorter ("Miyako," "Black Nile"), Live in Europe demonstrates how a working trio breathes as one.

Yun-Fei Ji Rumors, Ridicules and Retributions
James Cohan Gallery, Lower East Side

James Cohan will present Rumors, Ridicules, and Retributions an exhibition of new work by Yun-Fei Ji (CRF 2010) at the gallery’s Lower East Side location through Sunday, June 17. 

This is Ji’s fourth solo exhibition at James Cohan. In this body of work, Yun-Fei Ji turns his attention to the stories of people living in rural China. The realities of life outside the nation’s largest cities have largely been ignored by narratives of rapid urban growth. Rural lives are often governed by the whims of the powerful, robbing them of physical and spiritual rootedness. Ji is interested in the ways in which people enact their agency both individually and collectively in the face of these larger societal forces, often through subtle but willful acts of resistance.

Support Civitella
Pictured: James Muriuki (CRF 2017)

Carissimi Civitellians,


Thank you for your continuing contributions over the past many years.


In 2018 we will concentrate more on people and programs than physical spaces. We increasingly worry about artists in danger internationally and those who have seen their mobility curtailed. We want to do our part to give these artists respite at Civitella, and to ensure that those needing to travel for their work can do so safely.


We ask you to help replenish our Fellows' Fund designed to help Fellows with less resources be fully included in all residency activities. We want to offer more robust gallery programming, stronger alliances with Italian cultural agencies, and deeper ties with underrepresented nations.


Your donation to our general fund is a direct investment in realizing these goals. Every gift, regardless of size, is valuable and deeply appreciated. Please join the many Fellows, Guests, and Friends who support Civitella each year and give as generously as your situation allows. Our work has never been more important!


Dana Prescott, Executive Director

Ceremony for Remembering the Doorless World by Aracelis Girmay
Celebrating National Poetry Month

This month we join the Academy of American Poets in celebrating National Poetry Month. 


To celebrate, we share work by Civitellian Alumns who have been featured on the Poem-A-Day series. April 12th, featured Aracelis Girmay (CRF 2013) with the previously unpublished poem, Ceremony for Remembering the Doorless World. 



Copyright © 2018 by Aracelis Girmay. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on April 12, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

Yun-Fei Ji: Rumors, Ridicules, and Retributions
James Cohan, New York

James Cohan will present Rumors, Ridicules, and Retributions an exhibition of new work by Yun-Fei Ji (CRF 2010) at the gallery’s Lower East Side location from Saturday, April 28 through Sunday, June 17.  This is Ji’s fourth solo exhibition at James Cohan. The gallery will host an opening reception on Saturday, April 28 from 6-8 PM.

Announcing Interns for 2018 Season

Civitella is pleased to welcome Phebe Miner, and Louisianna Tekosky as our 2018 Interns. Interns at Civitella are a treasured and integral part of our community and daily life. They provide assistance with library functions, the meal program, excursions, presentations, and exhibitions at the Castle, working with both Executive Director, Dana Prescott and Program Coordinator, Diego Mencaroni on a variety of special projects built around individual interests, experience, goals, and skills.


From Phebe: I am thrilled to be returning to Italy after five years in Washington, D.C. to assist the staff and fellows of Civitella. I look forward to spending my three months at the castle learning, writing, exploring, and experiencing life in Italy all over again. I have so much to gain from immersing myself in this diverse and enriching artistic community, and I look forward to contributing in every way I can.


From Louisianna: I studied abroad in Viterbo a year and found an Italian host family and a throng of Italian friends who welcomed me so graciously and warmly that Italy became a new home. The love I have for Italy runs deeply and, therefore, I am thrilled by the opportunity to work and live in the country once again.


Working as an intern for Civitella seems like the perfect culmination of my passions. Art, in all its mediums, has been a crucial component to my education. I believe where artists meet is where knowledge blooms. I am ecstatic about joining the Civitella community where I can share and experience how art builds relationships and makes us passionate!

Announcing our New Special Projects Coordinator

Hope Campbell Gustafson, twice an intern at Civitella, will join the New York staff as a Special Projects Coordinator to organize for Civitella's 25th anniversary events and celebrations. She will develop contact with our worldwide alumni, will organize worldwide events focusing on Civitella and New York, and will evaluate the activities once they are complete.


A Minneapolis native, she graduated from Wesleyan University in 2012, after which she lived in Italy for four years. Hope is currently finishing up her MFA in the Literary Translation Workshop at the University of Iowa, her thesis a translation of Ubah Cristina Ali Farah's Il comandante del fiume.  

Announcing our New Program Coordinator in NY

We are happy to welcome Molly Lapointe to our New York staff. She takes on Hillary Giacomelli's position as Program Coordinator. Once candidates are accepted to Civitella, Molly is their main contact for flight and travel information, orientation materials, and many other special projects from fund raising to working with alumni.


From Molly: 

A recent Mount Holyoke College graduate from Maine, I have spent the last year living and working in France. I am a lover of languages, traveling, art, and food, and last summer I was fortunate enough to intern for Civitella in Umbertide. I saw how creative inspiration and collaboration naturally spring from the environment, and from the mission of sharing and hospitality that was all begun by Ursula Corning. I am beyond thrilled that I have this opportunity to re-join the Civitella family and serve CRF as Program Coordinator in NYC. I am eager to become more intimately and continuously involved with the foundation, and I look forward to getting to know all of you fellows-to-come who will span generations and continents... I can’t wait to get started! 


Joan La Barbara: The Wanderlusting of Joseph C.
The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 915

Friday, April 13, The MetLiveArts presets The Wanderlusting of Joseph C., a performance by composer Joan La Barbara (CRF 2013). 


Lyrics for the perfomarnce will be read by Monique Truong (CRF 2013). 


Also featured: 
Lauren Flanigan, soprano
Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone
Miguel Frasconi, flute
Bryan Hayslett, cello
Monique Truong, lyricist


Friday, April 13
6:00–7:00 PM

Composer and performer Joan La Barbara has been mining the life and work of Joseph Cornell for many years.  In this free-with-Museum admission performance she presents selections from her epic song cycle "The Wanderlusting of Joseph C." along with "Windows" and "Habité par ses rêves et les phantasms."


Inspired by the obsessions, visions, and dreams of the American visual artist Joseph Cornell, "The Wanderlusting of Joseph C." is a new song cycle composed by Joan La Barbara with lyrics by Monique Truong. "Wanderlust," a word coined by Cornell and appearing often in his journals, captures the two longings, the two impossibilities–travel and eros–of this man’s outwardly quiet, staid life. In his dreams and his art though, Joseph C. transcends and revels in both wander and lust. The dreamscape prelude to the song cycle is "Windows," a 'sonic atmosphere' La Barbara created from 13 years of instrumental, vocal, and natural sound recordings, inspired by Cornell's journal entries and ethereal boxes and whispers from Virginia Woolf. "Habité par ses rêves et les phantasms" (2009) for voice and handheld percussion is the first work she composed inspired by Cornell and uses fragments from Joseph Cornell's journals that describe elements of dreams, the catalysts for much of his work, to generate her sonic reflections.

Darren Waterston: Ecstatic Landscape
DC Moore Gallery, New York

Opening March 23, is Ecstatic Landscape, an exhibition of new work by Darren Waterston (CRF 2005) at DC Moore Gallery. The exhibition will be on view through April 28, 2018. 


Opening Reception: Friday, March 23, 6 - 8 PM

Exhibiiotn Dates: March 23 - April 28, 2018 


April 19th, 6:30pm, Darren Waterston will be in Conversation with Susan Cross, Curator of Visual Arts at MASS MoCA.



DC Moore Gallery is delighted to announce Ecstatic Landscape, an exhibition of new work by Darren Waterston. Though they draw from the long lineage of landscape painting, Waterston’s works are unbound, moving through uncharted territory. His works broach the psychological through a surreal and abstracted approach to the genre rather than taking a strictly descriptive method. The paintings are seductive, drawing the viewer in by their majesty and monstrousness. Thwarted by their artifice, one is left with a sense of yearning for something not quite attainable.


Bill Jacobson and Giorgio Morandi: Photographs and Drawings
Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin

Bill Jacobson’s (CRF 2013) Place (Series) photographs will be exhibited alongside drawings by Giorgio Morandi at Robert Morat Galerie, in Berlin, from March 17 to May 5, 2018.


Opening reception: Friday, March 16 at 7 PM

Exhibition dates: March 17 to May 5, 2018


Bill Jacobson created Place (Series) between 2009 and 2013, completing the work with the assistance of a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. The artist describes these photographs as “the result of inserting rectangles of various sizes and surfaces within both constructed and natural settings”.  As opposed to the out-of-focus portraits and landscapes for which he initially became known in the 1990s, these photographs speak to our perceptual interactions with the physical world that surrounds us.  With this work Jacobson, not unlike Morandi, employs a repeated form set within a shallow architectural space.

Celia Hempton: Breach
Galleria Lorcan O'Neill Roma

Galleria Lorcan O'Neill Roma presents Breach, featuring recent works by Celia Hempton (CRF 2014). The exhibition runs through April 18, 2018.


Her show features two bodies of work; a group of paintings made last summer on repeat visits to the crater of the active volcano on the Sicilian Island of Stromboli; and pictures made with imagery sourced from hacked security cameras.

Luchezar Boyadjiev: Dystopian Cozy
SARIEV Contemporary, Plovdiv

SARIEV Contemporary, Plovdiv is pleased to present Dystopian Cozy, the first solo show of Luchezar Boyadjiev (CRF 2017) at the gallery. The exhibition runs concurrently with Luchezar Boyadjiev. Sic Transit Media Mundi (The present is too short and rather tight) at Sofia City Art Gallery. 


Dystopian Cozy is on view through March 24, 2018 

SARIEV Contemporary, Plovdiv


Luchezar Boyadjiev. Sic Transit Media Mundi is on view through March 11, 2018 

Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia 


2018 Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship
Molly McCully Brown

Congratulations to Molly McCully Brown (CRF 2017) on being selected as the 2018 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholar. The award is given annually to support travel abroad for gifted American-born poets.


Molly is the author of The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Additionally, she has published many pieces of poetry and essays and is a Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow at the Oxford American. Her work has appeared in the LA Review of Books, the New York Times, and Publishers Weekly, among many other accomplishments.

Scott Johnson: Mind Out Of Matter
Tzadik Records

Scott Johnson's (CRF 2009) Mind Out Of Matter is a work combining Johnson's two perennial interests: "the use of speech melody to generate accompanying instrumental music, and the hybridization of rock and classical strands of musical DNA." The work is a "sprawling, extended, 74-minute, eight-movement suite" performed by Alarm Will Sound, and is available at the Tzadik Records website below.


"Philosopher Daniel C. Dennett’s voice is perhaps the best melody generator I’ve worked with in my speech sampling pieces, and the musicians of Alarm Will Sound rock on a demanding score that tracks Dennett’s train of thought in momentary detail.  I sometimes think of the result as the audible equivalent of a medieval illuminated manuscript."

Miguel Rothschild: Camera Chiara and De Profundis
Stiftung St. Mathäus, Berlin-Tiergarten

Miguel Rothschild (CRF 2008) is exhibiting two installations, Camera Chiara and De Profundis, at Sankt Matthäuskirche in Berlin-Tiergarten. The installations will run through May 30th and March 30th, respectively.

Works by Helena Tulve Premiered at the AFEKT Festival
Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Helena Tulve (CRF 2017) has premiered her piece, There Are Tears at the Heart of Things, a composition for flute, clarinet, harp, and percussion, performed by Ensemble Adapter at the International Contemporary Music Festival AFEKT in Berlin.

From the AFEKT event page:

The International Contemporary Music Festival AFEKT (Estonia) presents itself for the first time in Berlin. Set in the Akademie der Künste’s distinctive architecture on Pariser Platz, Ensemblekollektiv Berlin and AFEKT soloists will perform Rebecca Saunders’ sound collage Stasis, a world premiere by Helena Tulve, and excerpts from the multimedia Requiem by Jüri Reinvere. The composers will also discuss their music with Monika Mattiesen, director of the AFEKT Festival.


With the kind support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.

Recent Publications by Tom Sleigh

Two new books, House of Fact, House of Ruin and The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees, both published by Graywolf Press, have been released from Tom Sleigh (CRF 2014). Visit his website for reviews and additional information on where the books can be purchased.


Additionally, some readings and events related to the books are scheduled throughout the upcoming weeks at venues in various cities around the country, including two events in New York City, one on March 20th and the other on April 30th. For more information regarding the events, see Tom's website below.

Anna Weesner Wins Virgil Thompson Award
New York, February 6, 2018

Anna Weesner (DG 2015) has won the Virgil Thomson Award in Vocal Music of $40,000. The award, endowed by the Virgil Thomson Foundation and administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, recognizes an American composer of vocal works. Candidates were nominated by the Academy’s members, and the winner was chosen by a special jury comprised of composers William Bolcom, Robert Beaser, John Harbison (CRF 2001), and Tania León (CRF 2003). The award will be given at the annual Ceremonial in mid-May.


Kate Soper Featured in The New York Times

Kate Soper (CRF 2017) was featured in converasation with Zachary Wolff of The New York Times regarding the recent production of her Opera, Here Be Sirens, at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, performed by the Fresh Squeezed Opera Company.


Thumbnail photograph: Kate Soper, by An Rong Xu for The New York Times

Maaria Wirkkala Awarded Order of the Star of Italy
Ambasciata D'Italia, Helsinki

Maaria Wirkkala (CRF 2013) was presented with the Order of the Star of Italy, or the Cavaliere Dell'Ordine Della Stella D'Italia, at an evenening celebrating the opening of the Ippolito Caffi exhibition at the Sinebrychoff Museum in Helsinki. The award, originally created in the post-war period, honors Italians in diaspora and foreign nationals who contributed to the strengthening of ties between Italy and countries abroad.


Pictured: Ambasciatore Gabriele Altana conferring the award to Maaria Wirkkala, January 30, 2018

Andrea Barnet: Visionary Women

Andrea Barnet (DG 2010), author of All-Night Party: The women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930, has published a new book, Visionary Women, wihch tells the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women—linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention—showed what one person speaking truth to power can do. Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat.

Terrance Hayes Reads Matthew Dickman
Poetry Podcast, The New Yorker

Terrance Hayes (CRF 2015) joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Matthew Dickman’s (CRF 2016) poem “Fire” and his own poem “New York Poem” on The New Yorker's Poetry Podcast. 




Four Civitellians Named Finalists for the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards
Claremont Graduate University

Claremont Graduate University recently announced the selection of the finalists for the 2018 Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards.


More than 470 titles were submitted by individuals and publishers for consideration this year. Ten finalists (five for each of the two awards) were chosen by a finalists judging committee led by Don Share, editor of Poetry magazine.


Among the ten finalists are four Civitella Fellows. 

For the Kate Tufts Discovery Award: 

Mai Der Vang (CRF 2017), Afterland, Graywolf Press


Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award:

Paisley Rekdal (CRF 2017), Imaginary Vessels, Copper Canyon Press

Patricia Smith (CRF 2017), Incendiary Art: Poems, TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern UP

Monica Youn (CRF 2013), Blackacre, Graywolf Press




Ocean Vuong Receives TS Eliot Prize

The Guardian announced that Ocean Vuong (CRF 2016) has been awarded the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for his debut collection of poetry, Night Sky With Exit Wounds:


"After becoming the first literate person in his family and a prize-winning poet festooned with awards, Ocean Vuong has now won perhaps his most prestigious accolade yet for his debut collection: the TS Eliot prize...Vuong is only the second debut poet to win the TS Eliot prize, two years after Sarah Howe [CRF 2017] became the first, winning for Loop of Jade in 2016."


An Italian translation of Vuong's Collection is available here.

Link to the full Guardian article below. 



Thumbnail photograph: Adrian Pope, The Guardian 

Ron Padgett Receives the Frost Medal
The Poetry Society of America

The Poetry Society of America announces Ron Padgett (CRF 2003) as the 2018 recipient of the organization's highest award, the Frost Medal. 


The Frost Medal is presented annually for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry. 


The Annual Awards ceremony, which will honor Ron Padgett and celebrate the winners of the Poetry Society of America's 11 other annual awards will take place on April 10th, 2018 at The National Arts Club in New York City.

Molding / Mark-Making: 
Ceramic Artists And Their Drawings
Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City

The group exhibition, Molding / Mark-Making, featuring work by Elisa D’Arrigo (CRF 2013), opens Sunday, January 21, 2-5 PM at Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City. The show is curated by Margaret Mathews-Berenson and Allison Peller and runs through March 25.  


January 21 – March 25, 2018
Opening reception: Sunday, January 21, 2:00–5:00 PM

11-03 45th Ave., Long Island City, NY

The Dark Side of the Gold Rush
The New Yorker

Annie Gosfield (CRF 2008) was featured in the New Yorker's Musical Events section of the December 11 issue. 


By Alex Ross 


"Gosfield, a New York-based composer with a virtuosic command of classical, pop, and avant-garde styles, began the score before “fake news” entered the lexicon. Like [Orson] Welles, she places the reality-bending power of the media under scrutiny."

The Art Students League Appoints Michael Rips Executive Director

The Art Students League of New York announced that prominent arts advocate and collector, Michael Rips (DG 2017) has been named Executive Director. 


Photo by Ric Ocasek

Civitella featured in the Italian Insider

The Italian Insider featured Civitella in "Civitella Ranieri- A haven for international artists," which discusses Civitella's history, mission, diversity of Fellows, and engagement with the local community. The article also highlights the importance of Civitella as an institution that provides a safe haven in which Fellows can work and share ideas. 

Samantha Schweblin: Fever Dream

Samanta Schweblin's (CRF 2011) Fever Dream received a glowing review in The New York Times. Below is an excerpt: 

"To call Schweblin’s novella eerie and hallucinatory is only to gesture at its compact power; the fantastical here simply dilates a reality we begin to accept as terrifying and true. A woman named Amanda lies on a hospital gurney, recounting her story to David, a boy who pushes her to relive the events that have brought her there, wrapped in the rough sheets of her deathbed, able to talk but unable to move."

"She describes traveling with her young daughter to a vacation rental outside the capital and meeting David’s mother, who immediately insinuates that something so monstrous has happened to David that she no longer considers him her son. 'The first time they put him in my arms, I was so anxious. I was convinced he was missing a finger,' she says, remembering when she had a new mother’s ordinary fears. 'What I wouldn’t give now for David to simply be missing a finger.'


The tale that follows is a swift descent into phantasmagoria, as the dialogue between Amanda and David — translated into lucid English by McDowell — turns into a cleareyed reminiscence of horror and a struggle for narrative control. “How different are you now from the David of six years ago?” Amanda asks. “What did you do that was so terrible your own mother no longer accepts you as hers?” Damaged children, a degraded earth, souls that move between bodies but never find rest: Schweblin’s book is suffused with haunting images and big questions, and in Amanda she places a mother’s all-consuming love and fear for her child. Amanda remembers how she would constantly measure the “rescue distance” that separated her from her daughter. As the distance tightens, as Amanda feels that her daughter is closer than ever, she will learn the grim and fateful lesson that maternal instincts count for little in an insidiously poisoned world."

Celeste Maia artist book video

Presentation of an artist book by Celeste Maia (CRF 2010) on the turbulent and dangerous 14th Century love story between Ines de Castro and Pedro of Portugal.


Carolyn Forché wins Windham-Campbell prize

Congratulations to Civitellian Carolyn Forché (CRF 2012) on winning a Windham-Campbell prize in poetry!

The Windham-Campbell prizes are global English-language awards that call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. Prizewinners receive an unrestricted grant of $165,000.

Winner of the 2017 Walt Whitman Award
Jenny Xie

We are happy to share that Jenny Xie is the winner of the 2017 Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award, the nation’s most valuable first-book prize for a poet. Xie’s manuscript, Eye Level, will be published by Graywolf Press in April 2018, and she will receive a six-week residency at Civitella Ranieri as well as $5,000.

Mark Strand Booklet
Anywhere Could be Somewhere: Remembering Mark Strand

2016 Intern, Elinor Kirchwey, created the booklet Anywhere Could be Somewhere: Remembering Mark Strand from compiled memories, anecdotes, and stories about our much-loved friend and poet, Mark Strand. It is available for a donation of $15, which includes shipping. You can purchase a booklet on our Donate page here.

Civitellians Featured in 'The Artist Project'
The Artist Project at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The following eight Civitellians are featured in The Met's The Artist Project (videos are linked). The Artist Project is an online series in which The Met gives artists an opportunity to respond to its encyclopedic collection.


Xu Bing (CRF 1999)

Petah Coyne (CRF 2005)

Deborah Kass (DG 2009)

Nalini Malani (CRF 2003)

Kerry James Marshall (CRF 1998)

Sopheap Pich (CRF 2013)

Liliana Porter (CRF 1999)

Martha Rosler (CRF 2009)

James Siena (DG 2010)

From March 2015 to June 2016, The Met will invite 120 artists—local, national, and global—to choose individual works of art or galleries that spark their imaginations. In this online series, artists reflect on what art is, what inspires them from across 5,000 years of art, and in so doing, they reveal the power of a museum and The Met. Their unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art encourage all museum visitors to look in a personal way.

Over the course of six seasons, The Artist Project will share the perspectives of one hundred and twenty artists with the public, telling us what they see when they look at The Met.

Mark Strand Library Gift to Civitella
Foundation will receive the late poet's books

The poetry world was recently hard hit by the death of Mark Strand in November, 2014.  Mark, who had been a frequent visitor to Umbria and to Civitella Ranieri Foundation, had been planning a return visit in the summer of 2015.  His lifelong friend, Yale painter Bill Bailey, lives just minutes from the Castle, and during the summers when Mark was not visiting Civitella, he was visiting Bill.


It was at Civitella that Mark wrote most of his last book, Almost Invisible, a collection of prose pieces.  He usually wrote sitting in the sun at the picnic table in what is called the Fellows' Garden.

Over the past several years, Mark had moved from Chicago to New York, and then from New York to Madrid, and back to New York.  With each move he pared down his library.  “There's only about 400 books that really mean anything to me anymore," he said.  "I just want to get down to 400 books.” Civitella was the lucky recipients of his cast-offs.


His initial gifts of books to Civitella numbered 1200 volumes, primarily poetry in English, but many books of poetry in Spanish and Italian.  There were numerous volumes of literary criticism, philosophy, the Classics, and books on theory. 


Many of the books were sent to him from hopeful writers with handwritten notes still inside them reading something like, "Dear Mark, Great to meet you last night and thank you for your interest in my work.  Here as promised is my latest book...." 

The last time Mark was a Director's Guest at Civitella, in 2011, he was reading the new translation of Don Quixote.  “I don't want it to end,” he said, “I am reading it so slowly because I don't want to finish it.”


Shortly before his death, writer Jean McGarry was a Fellow in residence at Civitella.  She had been a friend of Mark's during his Baltimore Johns Hopkins days, and she wrote often to him to tell him about her experience in Umbria.  It was she who convinced Strand to give the balance of his library to the Foundation, to keep the collection together, to which he agreed.  He wrote to her, “I love giving books to Civitella. They are needed. I just keep thinning out my library.”


While she was still in residence at Civitella, Jean helped Executive Director Dana Prescott prioritize his books for cataloguing.


Jean wrote to Mark, “What an experience today, going through the boxes of books you sent to Civitella.  I always knew you were a reader, and you never recommended to me anything that didn't become a part of my brain and soul, but still, I was staggered by what I saw.  Dana and I made a short list of things that need to be catalogued and shelved NOW.  We will return and make a second, third, and fourth selection, but every one of these books is a treasure.  I hope you plan to promise the rest of your library to this magical place, where you are the genius loci.  They will be​ read and treasured (and studied) with the utmost reverence.  (I hate to use that word, but yesterday, we went to San Sepolchro, and I am suffused with the spirit of your beloved Piero.)”


With Mark Strand's will just out of probate, his daughter, Jessica, has told the Foundation that Civitella stands to inherit the balance of this great personal library.  Another 3500 books will arrive shortly and the Foundation will begin the work of cataloguing each volume, and making the books accessible to its Fellows and Director's Guests.  Eventually the collection will be posted on line and also made public to visiting scholars.

Donations to support the installation and cataloguing of the collection at the Castle are welcomed.  Please visit for details about giving to the foundation or to contact us with questions.  Civitella Ranieri Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 operating foundation based in New York.  All US contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.