2019 marks Civitella’s 25th year of providing a safe haven, hospitality, and sustenance for international artists, composers, and writers. Ursula Corning established the Civitella Ranieri Foundation to carry on her tradition of hospitality and support for the arts. We invite you to celebrate this milestone by joining us at any or all of the 25 worldwide and online events planned for 2019. 


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Civitella XXV #1: Salon 7, Civitella XXV

Kerri Scharlin (Director’s Guest, 2018) opens her downtown loft for an evening with three visual artists (Jon Kessler (CRF 2015), Michelle Segre (CRF 2016), and James Siena (Director’s Guest, 2011)) performing as musicians in their respective bands: The Jon Kessler Band, Billygoat, and Tofu.

Civitella XXV #2: An Evening of Music with Ricky Ian Gordon

Ricky Ian Gordon (CRF 2009), whose work The New York Times describes as “blithely blur[ring] the lines between art song and high-end Broadway” presents an intimate night of music at a New York apartment, where he’ll be joined by soprano Jennifer Zetland. The pair recently released the album Your Clear Eye (Bright Shiny Things, 2018).

Civitella XXV #3: Elisa D'Arrigo: Vases and Drawings

Elisa D’Arrigo’s (CRF 2013) playful, free-form work will take center stage at Chelsea’s Elizabeth Harris Gallery during a behind the scenes tour, led by D’Arrigo herself, of her most recent vases and drawings.

Civitella XXV #4: Annual Party

Carissimi Civitellians: we invite you to toast the 2018 Fellows and Director’s Guests and honor the 900+ Civitella alumni our Foundation has served over the past 25 years. Save the date, and stay tuned for more information.

Civitella XXV #5: The Newest on the Pantheon, a Millenial Roman Favorite

Come explore this icon of ancient Rome with us, from the comfort of the castle library, as historian Tod Marder (Director’s Guest, 2012) guides us through, “The Newest on the Pantheon, a Millennial Roman Favorite.”

Civitella XXV #6: Aperitivo at the Venice Biennale

Mingle with fellow Civitellians at a reception hosted by Executive Director, Dana Prescott, at the opening of the Biennale Arte 2019. Among the artists representing their countries are Civitellians Vince Briffa (CRF 2018), Shu Lea Cheang (CRF 2001), Bonaventure Ndikung (Juror), and Martin Puryear (Juror).

Civitella XXV #7: Carol Ann Duffy at the Castle

As The Guardian succinctly puts it, “in the world of British poetry, Carol Ann Duffy is a superstar.” Come to the castle to hear the revered Poet Laureate of Britain, Carol Ann Duffy (Director’s Guest, 2019), read from her body of work.

Civitella XXV #8: Paper & Poetry at Dieu Donné

We invite you to an absorbing afternoon at Dieu Donné, a non-profit cultural institution dedicated to the art of hand papermaking. Here we will see how the verbal and visual have combined to honor poet and papermaker Mark Strand (a regular Director’s Guest and loyal friend to Civitella Ranieri). 

Civitella XXV #9: The Italian Table: How Italians Truly Eat

Italian food is about experience. The geographic experience, the social experience, and the sense of style that most Italians bring to the table. Elizabeth and Evan Kleiman will discuss this at the castle, placing one of the worlds most beloved cuisines in cultural context.

Civitella XXV #10: Civitellian Poets at the Unamuno Author Festival

Civitella alumni make up a large and vibrant contingent of the 50+ poets and scholars headed to Madrid for the city’s first English-language poetry festival, hosted by the Desperate Literature Bookshop and the Unamuno Author Series (founded by Spencer Reece (CRF 2016)). 

Civitella XXV #11: Dorit Weisman at the Castle

Against the backdrop of #MeToo and the ongoing struggle for equality, Dorit Weisman’s (Director’s Guest, 2019) presentation on “The Naked Queen – An Anthology of Women’s Social Protest Poetry” will shed light on verse as a vehicle for empowerment. 

Civitella XXV #12: Casting the Castle

Casting the Castle, an ongoing performance art project curated by Saverio Verini, invites visitors to explore Civitella’s spaces and history through the interventions of three past fellows. Stay tuned for more information.

Civitella XXV #13: Gerard Passannante & David Carroll Simon at the Castle

We invite you to the castle library for Gerard Passannante (Director’s Guest, 2019) and David Carroll Simon’s (Director’s Guest, 2019) short lectures— “Leonardo’s Disasters” and “Iago Against Laughter”.

Civitella XXV #14: Painting & Poetry, in Collaboration with CIMA

What is the relationship between painting and poetry? Join us at the Center for Italian Modern Art, an organization with which we have an affiliated fellowship, for a panel discussion and reception to follow. Specific date TBD. Stay tuned for more information.

Civitella XXV #15: A New Structure on the Castle Grounds

The inaugural WOJR/Civitella Ranieri Architecture Prize recipient will present a completed project to the public. This prize brings a talented architect to Civitella to conceive and construct a site-specific installation on the castle grounds using simple means and locally-available materials.

Civitella XXV #16: Una Sera d'Estate al Castello

In mid-August, as is our annual tradition, we open the gates of the castle for Movie Night. Join us for a magical summer evening organized by Jeff Albucher and Judith Klinger, the heads of our Friends of Civitella. 

Civitella XXV #17: Masha Gessen at the Castle

Masha Gessen (Director’s Guest, 2019) will deliver a lecture titled “Parallel Polis” within the castle walls.

Civitella XXV #18: Kurt Andersen & Anne Kreamer at the Castle

Kurt Andersen (Director’s Guest, 2019) and Anne Kreamer (Director’s Guest, 2019) have each produced a diverse body of work, writing on everything from risk-taking in the workplace to the American obsession with conspiracy theories. 

Civitella XXV #19: Chang-rae Lee at the Castle

Chang-rae Lee (Director’s Guest, 2019), a Korean-American novelist whose celebrated work often draws upon the immigrant experience in the US, will read from a work in progress at the castle.

Civitella XXV #20: Anniversary Festival at the Castle

Mark your calendars for a three-day festival of food, arts, and participatory performances at our 15th-century castle in Umbria. Alumni! Come back to visit us. Pat Oleszko (CRF 2011), Frank Dabell, Corrado Augius, and Alexander Stille (Director’s Guest, 2008) will be helping us celebrate.

Civitella XXV #21: Studio Tour at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts provides affordable studio space for 90 professional artists with emerging art careers on five floors, under one roof, in midtown Manhattan. We currently have six visual artist alumni who are part of the EFA community. Their studios will be opened exclusively for us on this special evening.

Civitella XXV #22: John Adams & Deborah O’Grady at the Castle

Minimalistic music and landscape photography converge at the castle as composer John Adams (Director’s Guest, 2019) and photographer Deborah O’Grady (Director’s Guest, 2019), present their work.

Civitella XXV #23: Civitella Ranieri à Paris, during FIAC

What better moment to celebrate Civitella’s French connection than during the Foire internationale d’art contemporain, when for three days every year the center of the contemporary art world shifts to Paris? Enjoy an apéritif with Paris-based alumni, Civitellians in town for FIAC, and new friends of Civitella. 

Civitella XXV #24: Dialogues, in Collaboration with Composers Now

Composers Now and Civitella Ranieri co-present Dialogues in November, 2019 (specific date TBD, venue TBD). This evening features Civitellian composers who have been awarded affiliated fellowships with Composers Now.

Civitella XXV #25: Reading & Reception at the Poets House

To close our 25th anniversary year, we’re launching an anthology of poems: I Know Now in Wonder: 25 Poems from the First 25 Years of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Persea Books, 2019). 6 of the 25 poets to appear in the anthology will read their work at the Poet’s House, followed by a reception.