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.
Elena Cordova, a project archivist at The Museum of Modern Art, presented a paper on the discoveries she was making while cataloguing Margaret Scolari Barr's papers. The processing of these papers was underwritten by the Rona Roob Archives Fund at MoMA, and the collection made available to the public in October 2015 (moma.org/explore/inside_out/2015/10/13/the-margaret-scolari-barr-papers-now-open-for-research-at-moma-archives )