On April 23, 2015, the Center for Italian Modern Art hosted a Study Day on Alfred Barr and Margaret Scolari Barr, in connection with CIMA's exhibition on Medardo Rosso. Alfred Barr (1902-81), the first director of the Museum of Modern Art, and Margaret Scolari Barr (1901-87), art historian and author of the first book in English on Medardo Rosso, played a crucial role in introducing modern Italian art to the United States.
MoMA hosted the landmark exhibition Twentieth-Century Italian Art in 1949, and held the first museum show in the United States dedicated to Medardo Rosso in 1963. CIMA organized this study day to focus on the couple — their connections to Italy, to Medardo Rosso, and to the promotion of modern art more generally.
Laura Mattioli, the founder and president of the Center for Italian Modern Art, presented on the connections between Alfred Barr and her father, the collector Gianni Mattioli.