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DC | An Evening with Italian Duo Goldschmied & Chiari
December 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Join ArtTable’s DC Chapter for a special evening featuring Italian duo, Goldschmied & Chiari, who are visiting the United States for the closing of their exhibition Magnifica on view at Marymount University’s Cody Gallery. Sara Goldschmied and Eleonora Chiari will give a short talk about their exhibition, along with curator Allison Nance and Cody Gallery director, Caitlin Berry. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
This program is open to ArtTable members and guests only.
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Cody Gallery of Marymount University is located inside Ballston Center at 1000 North Glebe Road, 2nd Floor. Street parking and Capital Bikeshare are available. The gallery is located near the Metroline Orange: Ballston-MU.
About the Artists
Milan-based artists Sara Goldschmied (b.1975, Arzignano) and Eleonora Chiari (b.1971, Rome) have been working together as the artist-duo Goldschmied & Chiari since 2001. Sara and Eleonora met in the late 1990s through a shared interest in photography and feminism activism. Their shared interests soon led to joint art projects and a remarkable two-decade-long partnership. They have earned widespread respect and recognition, both in Italy and internationally, through their innovative use of photography, video, performance, and installations. Much of their work draws conceptually from philosophy, social studies, and their historical Italian background. Their dynamic of working as a duo fundamentally impacts their approach to every project. They state that their most essential tool “…is our relationship as an artist duo because it feeds our art practice, for example, so that we see multiple sides of one issue.” Magnifica was organized by International Arts & Artists in partnership with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, in collaboration with Marymount University. This project is supported by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism under the 2019 Italian Council Program.
About the Exhibition
This exhibition is a collaboration by many ArtTable Members of the DC chapter, all of whom will be in attendance. They are Allison Nance, Curator; Caitlin Berry, Cody Gallery Director; Maria Sancho-Arroyo, Catalog Essayist; Ruth Abrahams, Catalog Designer. Funds raised from this program will support the DC chapter locally, including our intern, who receives a stipend for her work coordinating chapter activities and communications. Your contribution makes a real impact on the growth and mentorship opportunities in our chapter, thank you!
In Magnifica, Goldschmied & Chiari bring together new work from their iconic Untitled Views series, stylized with billowing pink and purple shades of smoke reminiscent of abstract blooms, deconstructing the very notion of portraying an idea, a face, a sensation, an architectural space. Three vase sculptures in pink blown Murano glass debut in this exhibition; the anthropomorphic shapes of these Magnifica vases are sensual and dangerous, drawing inspiration from carnivorous pitcher plants in deep reds and purples, and from lipstick kisses in bold pinks. The artists worked with craftsmen from the Italian island of Murano to create these vases, a process which involved breathing and blowing, thus, a human mouth has created a mouth-like vase, which conceptually blows the colored smoke integral to their Untitled Views.
Thank you to Allison Nance and Caitlin Berry from ArtTable’s DC Chapter for organizing this program.
Image: Left: Eleonora Chiari and Sara Goldschmied. Photo by Federca Belli; Right: Goldschmied & Chiari, “Magnifica”, 2020, Murano blown glass, Image courtesy of the artists, Photo by Roberto Marossi, © Goldschmied & Chiari
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