Exhibition title: Works in Passage
Artists: Maria Cristina Carlini
Exhibition dates: May 27 – October 1, 2010
Exhibition space: Auraria Campus, RMCAD Campus, Emmanuel Gallery, Rotunda Pavilion   

For the first time in America, Maria Cristina Carlini’s monumental sculptures arrive overseas, in the United States, with the exhibition “Maria Cristina Carlini – Works in Passage”. On exhibition are over thirty works, amongst which stand out seven significant monumental sculptures, three of which have never been exhibited before and were created especially for this seminal exhibition.

Maria Cristina Carlini’s career can boast exhibitions held in public and private venues at the international level. She began working in ceramics in the early seventies in Palo Alto, California before returning home to Italy. In 1983 she held her first solo exhibition in the Rocca Borromea, a fortress located in Angera. Since 1984 she started alternating her first exhibitions with advanced training courses at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland San Francisco. Since then she has exhibited in Paris, Brussels, Milan, Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Laveno Mombello, Angera, Bergamo, Turin, Rome, Venice, and Beijing. 

“…Carlini trusts in and works with the innate tendencies of the materials and their capability to explore form. She acknowledges contradictory tendencies and seeks to give them physical form. She directs her energies toward the experiential, the expressive nature of work itself rather than solely the symbolic. The essence of her work is the physicality of the object and its material nature. Her hands work the material to create objects in space.” - Cortney Stell

The show was conceived, promoted and organized by the INAC, National Institute of Contemporary Art, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, and Auraria Campus with assistance from the Centro Italiano per le Arti e la Cultura.