COSTUME DESIGN

Cody Gallery, alongside the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, and International Arts & Artists are thrilled to present the world premiere screening of MAGNIFICA choreographed by Mimmo Miccolis from The Washington Ballet, and inspired by the titular exhibition by Italian duo Goldschmied & Chiari. This screening will be unveiled at the closing reception of Goldschmied & Chiari’s exhibition at Cody Gallery on Friday, December 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

MAGNIFCA brings together a nexis of artworks made from murano glass and colored smoke bombs with contemporary dance, couture fashion, and pulsing music—fusing together these different mediums to create a four-minute screendance performance that is both intoxicating and playful at the same time. 

Goldschmied & Chiari will be present at the closing reception for their exhibition, the first time they will see this exhibition in person after almost 20 months of the Covid-related travel ban. The exhibition was 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. 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.

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.”