Cinema in Piazza

August 1-15, 2020

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Cinema in Piazza, drive-in, at Magazzino Italian Art, August 1, 2020. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Cinema in Piazza, drive-in, at Magazzino Italian Art, August 1, 2020. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Cinema in Piazza, drive-in, at Magazzino Italian Art, August 1, 2020. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Cinema in Piazza, drive-in, at Magazzino Italian Art, August 1, 2020. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Cinema in Piazza, drive-in, at Magazzino Italian Art, August 1, 2020. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Cinema in Piazza, drive-in, at Magazzino Italian Art, August 1, 2020. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Cinema in Piazza, drive-in, at Magazzino Italian Art, August 1, 2020. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Cinema in Piazza, drive-in, at Magazzino Italian Art, August 1, 2020. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Cinema in Piazza, drive-in, at Magazzino Italian Art, August 1, 2020. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Cinema in Piazza, drive-in, at Magazzino Italian Art, August 1, 2020. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Cinema in Piazza, drive-in, at Magazzino Italian Art, August 1, 2020. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

Magazzino Italian Art, in collaboration with Artecinema and the Cold Spring Film Society, will present two drive-in movie screenings and the U.S. premieres of artist films this summer: Luca Vitone’s Romanistan on August 1 and Andrea Mastrovito’s I Am Not Legend on August 15. Both screenings will start at 8:00 p.m. at Magazzino Italian Art. 

Complying with new social distancing guidelines, the drive-in theater will be constructed adjacent to the museum building.

Tickets will be $30 per car. All ticket proceeds will benefit RxART, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children heal through the extraordinary power of visual art. To support RxART, click here.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite here. No tickets will be sold at the door.

If you would like to order food or soft drinks for the movie, Magazzino has partnered with Dolly's to provide boxed meals. Place your order today and it will be ready and waiting for you at the event! Orders for the August 1 screening will end on Wednesday, July 29 at 9:00 p.m. The ordering window for the August 15 screening will begin on August 2 and end Wednesday, August 13 at 9:00 p.m. Click here to preorder. 

Magazzino will also screen Romanistan and I Am Not Legend online for a limited time, enabling audiences to watch from the comfort of their homes. Viewers will be able to access the digital screenings on this page on the day and time of each film.

More information on each artist and film follows below.

Romanistan (2019)

Luca Vitone

August 1, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Guests should plan to arrive at the museum before 8:00 p.m..

Film to be available online here between 8 – 10 p.m.

Luca Vitone is known as an artist of places. Throughout his multidisciplinary career, which has incorporated painting, sculpture, photography, music, installation, and now film, he has investigated the interconnection between individuals and the locations they inhabit. In Romanistan, Vitone continues this inquiry with an in-depth investigation of the Romani people and their culture, which the artist has focused on since the 1990s. Since the Romani's initial departure from India between the 8th and 14th centuries C.E., the population has dispersed in countries throughout the globe, with robust communities on every continent. United by language, culture and widespread persecution and marginalization across location and time, Vitone’s film presents interviews with leaders in the Romani community to reflect on their culture that exists without a homeland, without an army and without borders. Vitone recreates the storied migratory route of the Romani people in reverse, from Italy to India, harkening to a trip the artist made with his family. The film’s narrative unfolds through passages of roaming landscapes captured through this journey.

An interview with artist and filmmaker Luca Vitone about his career and process in creating Romanistan will be released alongside the screening of the film at Magazzino. To watch the interview, click here.

About Luca Vitone 
The work of Luca Vitone (b. Genova, Italy, 1964) has been shown in public and private spaces both in Italy and abroad, including MACRO (2020); Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Roma (2019); Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (2019); Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow (2018); P.A.C., Milano (2017); Triennale di Milano (2015); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2014); Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania (2013); Italian Pavilion and IILA Pavilion at 55th Venice Biennal (2013); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2011); MAXXI, Rome (2010); Museo Riso, Palermo (2009); XIII Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara (2008); Museion, Bolzano (2008); Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Roma (2005); Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (2004); MAMCO, Genève (2003); 50th Venice Biennale, Venice (2003); National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow (2002); PS1, New York (2000); Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2000), among others.

I Am Not Legend (2020)

Andrea Mastrovito

August 15, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Guests should plan to arrive at the museum before 8:00 p.m..

Film to be available online here between 8 – 10 p.m.

Andrea Mastrovito’s new film I Am Not Legend builds on the artist’s interest in the genre of horror and his ongoing practice of recombining found elements from films, artworks, literature and music to enlightening results. Using George Romero’s cult classic, and unlicensed, film, Night of the Living Dead as a point of departure, Mastrovito developed a new screenplay composed entirely of quotes from famous films, books and other sources. Using his unique technique of drawing, painting, and physically ripping paper by hand, the artist augmented the film’s original frames to create a completely new story arc. His characters use the words and gestures of others to propel his narrative forward, which Mastrovito likens to how people communicate today via social media and memes - reusing and recycling quotes and images from other sources to comment on their own experiences. I Am Not Legend investigates concepts of identity of our contemporary moment - advanced by the existential threat of zombies at the doorstep. This project is supported by the Italian Council (6th Edition, 2019) program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity and Urban Regeneration of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.

An interview with artist and filmmaker Andrea Mastrovito about his career and process in creating I Am Not Legend  will be released alongside the screening of the film.

Mastrovito’s masterful NYsferatua hand drawn animation of Nosferatu, was screened at Magazzino in 2017 and the museum is thrilled to host the world premiere of his new film project. Visitors can also view work by the artist in the new exhibition Homemadewhich is on view through September 7, 2020. 

About Andrea Mastrovito

Andrea Mastrovito (b. 1978, Bergamo, Italy) is a multimedia artist whose practice reconceptualizes painting and drawing, and occupies and confronts different audiences and communities through public performances and installations. Mastrovito has had solo exhibitions and screenings at institutions such as Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2019); Kunsthalle Osnabruck, Osnabruck (2018); Belvedere 21, Wien (2018); Queens Museum, New York (2017); Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring, New York (2017); and Museo del Novecento, Milan (2011). His work has also been included in major exhibitions at the 15th Lyon Biennale (2019); MUDAM, Luxembourg (2017); MART, Rovereto (2013) Manchester Art Gallery (2012); Museum of Art and Design, New York (2009), among others.

About RxART

RxArt is a nonprofit organization with the mission of helping children heal through the extraordinary power of visual art by commissioning exceptional artists to transform children's hospital spaces into engaging and inspiring healing environments. RxART produces every project at no cost to the hospitals and every artist is provided with an honorarium and the chance to bring hope and comfort to children as they heal. www.rxart.net

About Artecinema

Artecinema is an international festival of films on contemporary art established in Naples in 1996, curated by Laura Trisorio and awarded a medal from the President of the Republic of Italy. Each year the festival presents a selection of some thirty documentaries from all over the world about the most important artists, architects and photographers of the last fifty years.

Artecinema is one of the most anticipated events of the sector and provides an opportunity for a learning experience as well as social gathering and cultural exchange. www.artecinema.com

About Cold Spring Film Society

The Cold Spring Film Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer-run arts organization based in Cold Spring, NY dedicated to fostering good will, community fellowship and appreciation of the moving image arts by screening enjoyable films in local venues. Their annual outdoor Summer Film Series at Dockside Park provides an evening of free entertainment in the village’s unique outdoor spaces for people of all ages. In addition to their Summer Film Series, CSFS also programs an indoor Winter Film Series and partners with other local organizations like Boscobel House & Gardens, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Butterfield Library and the Haldane schools to provide additional screenings and film enrichment programs throughout the year. For more information or if you’re interested in helping out at screenings, please visit coldspringfilm.org or check us out on facebook/coldspringfilm or twitter/coldspringfilm and instagram @coldspringfilm.