Magnifica: Goldschmied & Chiari | Opening Reception
Thursday, September 2 • 5-7pm | Ongoing through December 4
@ Cody Gallery
Cody Gallery at Marymount University is pleased to present the exhibition Magnifica, debuting new work by the Italian female artists Goldschmied & Chiari. On view from September 1, 2021, through December 4, 2021, Magnifica is curated by Allison Nance and organized by International Arts & Artists in partnership with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC.
For their exhibition at Cody Gallery, Goldschmied & Chiari present nine works including a new series of their iconic Untitled Views. First developed in 2014, Goldschmied & Chiari devised a secret—almost alchemical—technique involving colored smoke-bombs whose elaborate billows the artists capture on film and then transfer the images onto glass and mirrors. When observers stand in front of these works, their own reflections mingle with the exhibition’s lights, shadows, and images of smoke to become a dynamic part of the artwork.
In dialogue with the six Untitled Views are three new Murano glass vases sculptures, called Magnifica, which gives the exhibition its evocative name. The word “Magnifica” (magnificent) is deliberately used by the artists in its Italian (and feminine) form. It was inspired by the ancient “Hymn to Isis,” the Egyptian goddess of life and magic and the divine embodiment of femininity. The last sentence of the hymn describes her as magnificent (“For I am the shameful and the magnificent one”), an adjective that conveys strength, power, and a positive force: all recurrent themes for Goldschmied & Chiari.
Cody Gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and welcomes the public to attend. The artists will be present for a series of programs from October 6-11, 2021, with more details to be announced throughout the course of the exhibition.
Magnifica is funded by a grant from 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 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, which 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.”