Italian Futurism Summer Public Programs at the Guggenheim

Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe
Summer Public Programs

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(NEW YORK, NY – May 30, 2014) — Described by the New York Times as “epic” and a “phenomenal show of shows,” Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe is the first comprehensive overview in the United States of one of Europe’s most important 20th-century avant-garde movements. In conjunction with the exhibition, which is on view through September 1, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents a series of public programs this summer, including an in-gallery program led by a Futurist scholar, film screenings, and performances. For complete information about the programs presented, please visit

Public Programs

PAAAAAAroooooooooooole in Libertà Futuriste (Futurist Wwwwwwoooooords-in-Freedom)
Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, 12 pm
Monday, June 9, 6:30 pm
Words-in-freedom (parole in libertà) poetry is one of the Futurists’ most significant artistic innovations. Freeing language from the constraints of syntax, these poetic and artistic experiments embraced onomatopoeia, differentiations in font weight and size, and pictorial arrangements of letters, numbers, and symbols. Operating as published poems and visual artworks, many such compositions were also intended to be performed aloud and were declaimed onstage at Futurist serate (performative evenings). In this in-gallery program, composer, performer, and musicologist Luciano Chessa performs declamations of selected words-in-freedom poems by F. T. Marinetti and Francesco Cangiullo. An expanded evening performance in the Peter B. Lewis Theater includes compositions by Paolo Buzzi, Carlo Carrà, Fortunato Depero, and Aldo Palazzeschi, among others, and a special presentation of Cangiullo’s Piedigrotta accompanied by Neapolitan folk instruments.

Daytime programs: free with museum admission; evening program: $18, $12 members, $9 students. The evening program includes a reception and a private exhibition viewing.

Italian Futurist Design: From Furniture to Ceramics
Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 pm
The program of creative intervention proclaimed by Futurist artists Giacomo Balla and Fortunato Depero in their 1915 manifesto “Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe” was to encompass not only the full spectrum of the arts and architecture, but also interior design and objects for domestic use. In this gallery program, Silvia Barisione, Curator, The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, explores Futurist design and decorative arts from the activity of the so-called case d’arte (art houses), Futurist workshops for the creation of furnishings, textiles, toys, and household goods, to the Futurist ceramic production sanctioned by the 1938 publication of “Ceramics and aeroceramics: Futurist manifesto.”

$15, $10 members, $5 students.

Tuesday, July 15, 12 pm
Wednesday, July 16, 6:30 pm
Maestro Daniele Lombardi performs Futurist music by composers Francesco Balilla Pratella, Franco Casavola, and Silvio Mix, among others. Highlighting the myriad Futurist endeavors to transform and revolutionize sound—including Luigi Russolo’s intonarumori (noisemaking devices), isochronic experiments inspired by the machine, new ideas for a synesthetic theater, and the fusion of diverse musical genres—these piano performances demonstrate the transmission of Futurism’s emphasis on speed to the temporal genre of music.

Daytime program: free with museum admission; evening program: $18, $12 members, $9 students. The evening program includes a reception and a private exhibition viewing.

Italian Futurism Film Series
Fridays, June 6–August 1, 1 pm
Spanning three decades and highlighting works that engage Futurist themes, this silent film series features Thaïs (1916, dir. Anton Giulio Bragaglia), The Mechanical Man (L’uomo meccanico, 1921, dir. André Deed), and Velocità (Vitesse, 1930–31, dir. Pippo Oriani).

Screenings take place in the New Media Theater and are free with museum admission.

Curator’s Eye Tours
Friday, June 27, 2 pm: Susan Thompson*
Friday, July 18, 2 pm: Vivien Greene
Friday, August 22, 2 pm: Susan Thompson*

* Tours interpreted in American Sign Language.
Free with museum admission.

About the Exhibition
Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe
Through September 1, 2014
Featuring over 360 works by more than 80 artists, architects, designers, photographers, and writers, this multidisciplinary exhibition examines the full historical breadth of Futurism, from its 1909 inception with the publication of F. T. Marinetti’s first Futurist manifesto through its demise at the end of World War II. The presentation includes many rarely seen works, some of which have never traveled outside of Italy. It encompasses not only painting and sculpture, but also the advertising, architecture, ceramics, design, fashion, film, free-form poetry, music, performance, photography, publications, and theater of this dynamic and often contentious movement that championed modernity and insurgency. For more information, download the press kit at

The exhibition is organized by Vivien Greene, Senior Curator, 19th- and Early 20th-Century Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. An international advisory committee composed of eminent scholars from a variety of disciplines provided expertise and guidance in the preparation of this thorough exploration of the Futurist movement, a major modernist expression that in many ways remains little known among American audiences.

This exhibition is made possible by Lavazza.

Support is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the David Berg Foundation, with additional funding from the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

The Leadership Committee for Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe is also gratefully acknowledged for its generosity, including the Hansjörg Wyss Charitable Endowment, Stefano and Carole Acunto; Giancarla and Luciano Berti; Ginevra Caltagirone; Massimo and Sonia Cirulli Archive; Daniela Memmo d’Amelio; Achim Moeller, Moeller Fine Art; Pellegrini Legacy Trust; and Alberto and Gioietta Vitale.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Public programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Velocità (Vitesse) provided as a grant of the Oriani Foundation.

Admission:Adults $22, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. The Guggenheim’s free app, available with admission or by download to personal devices, offers an enhanced visitor experience. The app features content on special exhibitions as well as access to more than 1,500 works in the Guggenheim’s permanent collection and information about the museum’s landmark building. A verbal imaging guide for the collection is available for visitors who are blind or have low vision. The Guggenheim app is sponsored by Bloomberg

Museum Hours: Sun–Wed 10 am–5:45 pm, Fri 10 am–5:45 pm, Sat 10 am–7:45 pm, closed Thurs. On Saturdays, beginning at 5:45 pm, the museum hosts Pay What You Wish. For general information, call 212 423 3500 or visit the museum online at: or

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May 30, 2014

Keri Murawski, Senior Publicist
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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