Magazzino Italian Art
Scholar-in-Residence, 2023 – 2024
Located in Cold Spring, New York, Magazzino Italian Art is a museum and research center dedicated to advancing scholarship and public appreciation of postwar and contemporary Italian art in the United States. Through its curatorial, scholarly, and public initiatives, the museum explores the impact and enduring resonances of Italian art on a global level. Magazzino was co-founded by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, following their three decade-long support of Italian art and artists. Under the directorship of Vittorio Calabrese, Magazzino was created in 2017 with a mission to serve as a cultural resource and platform for engaging with postwar and contemporary Italian art in the Hudson Valley community and beyond.
Launched in 2018, the Scholar-in-Residence program is an annual fellowship that invites an emerging scholar to pursue or continue an independent project that contributes new research on postwar and contemporary Italian art and would benefit from access the museum’s resources. The selected candidate is provided an annual salary, housing nearby the museum, and flexible leave time to allow for participation in conferences, guest lecture positions, and off-site research necessary to the complete the proposed project.
In this role, the Scholar-in-Residence is able to closely study the Olnick Spanu Collection, which includes seminal works by artists central to the Arte Povera movement and contemporary Italian artists and is installed within the museum’s Research Center. Located in the Miguel Quismondo-designed building, adjacent to the museum’s galleries, the Research Center holds a library and archive of over 5,000 books and publications of postwar and contemporary Italian art, design, and architecture, including many rare books and significant and unique archival materials. Throughout the fellowship period, the Scholar-in-Residence will consult on how to expand the center’s growing bibliography. The selected candidate is also encouraged to visit and engage with art institutions, libraries and cultural resources in the surrounding region.
In addition to having time to work on their own research, the Scholar-in-Residence will collaborate with the museum’s team, providing expertise and scholarly perspectives on upcoming public programs and exhibitions, in addition to leading tours throughout the museum. The selected candidate will curate Magazzino’s annual spring lecture series, which has typically included contributions from scholars whose body of work reveals new perspectives on postwar and contemporary Italian Art. Applicants can review examples from previous series in 2019, 2020 and 2021.