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Unexpected Italian itineraries: Piedmont

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A taste of the Langhe

 

The word Langhe nearly means more to foreigners than to Italians. In fact, it has been many years that Europeans and Americans (and others as well) have been discovering the charm of this small region of Piedmont, where you can drink some of Italy's best wines, immersed in a hilly countryside that rivals Tuscany. Less well-known but just as captivating are the many scattered villages on the hillsides, which have been awarded the Orange Flag by Touring Club Italiano, as well as the beautiful Castello della Manta nearby, which houses a must-see series of paintings. September is the perfect month to visit: the smell of the grape harvest is already in the air.

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Unexpected Italian itineraries: Lazio

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Unexpected Italian itineraries: Lazio

 

Ciociaria, in the shadow of Sophia Loren

 

Ciociaria is one of those regions that tourists tend to associate with a movie: in this case, La Ciociara (Two Women), starring a magnificent Sophia Loren. But you have to come out of the image, which is now outdated, to discover the province of Frosinone, just a short distance from Rome where you’ll find authentic villages, traditional tastes, thermal baths and surprising stories. Discover intriguing tales of popes, Cyclopean walls that pre-date the Romans, medieval castles....perfect ingredients for a weekend that’s anything but ordinary.

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Unexpected Italian itineraries: Sardegna

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Wine and waves: San Pietro and Sulcis

 

L'angolo sudoccidentale della Sardegna passa spesso in secondo piano rispetto alla Costa Smeralda o a quella di Alghero. Eppure, il mare è altrettanto bello e le spiagge magnifiche, costellate di dune bionde solcate dal vento. E poi, ci sono storie incredibili da scoprire: quelle delle miniere, quella del vino carignano, quelle del tonno a San Pietro. Senza contare le rovine nuragiche, le oasi naturalistiche, i prodotti del territorio, i musei che raccontano la storia fenicia. Non basterà un'intera vacanza, per seguire tutti i nostri suggerimenti.

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02 September 2013

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Exhibit on the botanical garden of Padua

 

The Italian Cultural Institute is organizing a symposium for the opening of an exciting exhibition entitled 'Wild Medicine: Healing Plants Around the World, Featuring the Italian Renaissance Garden' at The New York Botanical Garden

 

May 18 – September 2, 2013
May 20, 2013

New York, The New York Botanical Garden
New York, Italian Cultural Institute

 

The Institute’s presentation will go over the history and significance of the Botanical Garden of Padua, which finds itself on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The presentation will also compare the Botanical Garden of Padua to other, international gardens and will discuss its scientific and cultural contributions, as well as the environmental protection initiatives of the future.

 

Wild Medicine, on display from May 18 to September 2 at The New York Botanical Garden, will recreate, through a spectacular floral arrangement and installation, the Botanical Garden of Padua’s famous garden. The exhibition aims at underlining the Botanical Garden of Padua’s role as a trailblazer in the study of plants for medicinal use, and its history as a preeminent center for learning and research. Part of the exhibition will focus on notable herbs of ancient civilization, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the twentieth century, and will also feature sculptures inspired by Renaissance painter, Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Activities for children will also be available.

 

 

 

 

04 September 2013

Science and Technology

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Month of Italian Science - Italy of the Future

 

Second edition of the initiative, which has been conceived as a set of events aimed at highlighting Italian contribution in the field of international scientific research by presenting Italian excellence in different sectors, with the participation of Italian experts working in the United States.

 

September 4 - October 1, 2013

Los Angeles, IIC

School of Engineering, California Institute of Technology

 

Italians in Space
Conversation with Italian scientists at Jet Propulsion Laboratory: achievements and challenges of space exploration

Italians in Biological Sciences
Survey of Italian ground-breaking contributions to the world of biological sciences

 

A month long series of events dedicated to showcase the Italian contribution in the different fields of science and technology with particular emphasis on the research taking place in Southern California.

The exhibition, which represents the leading thread of the whole initiative, includes an original selection of some of our country’s most valuable achievements in the field of science and technology. Looking at the past becomes a way to celebrate the future: centuries of inventions in all fields of art and knowledge are reinterpreted with the aim of building up the “Italy of the future”.

Robotics, particle physics, medicine, archaeological and cultural heritage restoration technologies are only a few of the branches of knowledge taken into consideration by this interactive project. It provides the visitors with the opportunity to touch and experience directly the most promising results achieved by Italian researchers in several fields of Science.

 

AEROSPACE R&D: THE ITALIAN FACTOR

September 25, IIC

Screening of the documentary The Magnificant Journey -The Italian endeavor in space exploration produced by IbiscusMedia and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a cutting-edge NASA laboratory at Caltech in Pasadena. Space exploration is increasingly becoming an international collaboration and Italy is one of the leading nations playing a vital role in a long lasting cooperation with the United States. From the first liquid propellant rocket to Mars exploration, through the success of Mariner 10 mission and the venture of Cassini, the video traces the major technological, scientific and programmatic milestones of the Italian quest for space and the collaboration with the USA in this magnificent, never-ending journey.

Organized by: Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles and JPL 

In collaboration with: IIC

 

http://www.italiadelfuturo.cnr.it

 

Under the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic

Organized by: CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche)

Promoted by: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In collaboration with: Italian Institute of Techonology, Istituto

Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, IIC

Under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles

 

 

06 September 2013

Italian Brand and Design

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TOP YOUNG ITALIAN INDUSTRIAL DESIGNERS PRIZE – SLOW DESIGN EXHIBITION 

 

September 6-27, 2013

NEW YORK

Italian Cultural Institute

 

The Italian Cultural Institute will proudly display designs created by winners of the Top Young Italian Industrial Designers Prize.  This contest was created in order to demonstrate the important role of Italians in the field of Industrial design since the new renaissance period (1950), which continues to this day as well as to provide young talents with the opportunity to succeed.

 

This contest was created from the idea that Italians have greatly influenced the field of industrial design by adapting to changing demands over time despite the critical economic condition that Italy is facing. It was established by Riccardo Viale, director of the Italian Cultural Institute and curated by the architect Massimo Vignelli, president of la Fondazione NY, with collateral initiatives promoted by the Italian Trade Commission, aiming at exposing the designers’ talent to the attention of entrepreneurs and developing collaborative business opportunities.

This contest chose ten winners based on three fundamental pillars: education, project and production and will reward them with international visibility and the opportunity to meet professionals in the field including design brands, curators, design departments of museums and related academic institutions.

The exhibition, starting on the 6th of September, will display a few of the winners’ most significant works and will be held at the Italian Cultural Institute as well as in series of other initiatives. It will take place during the Fashion Week to attract a vast and international audience. There will also be a VIP opening on September 9th, with the participation of Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Vogue Italia and Lapo Elkann, president of LA Holding of Italian Indipendent, as guests of honor. It is possible to see the exhibition until the 27th of September at the Italian Cultural Institute.

The initiative intends to become a yearly, significant appointment for the business enclave to verify the outstanding vitality of Italian Design through innovation, essentiality, and harmonious volumes combined with functionality.

 

 

06 September 2013

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An Evening in Italy: celebrating 2013 Year of Italian Culture

 

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in An Evening in Italy: Celebrating 2013, the Year of Italian Culture, featuring dancers from Sarasota Ballet.

 

September 6, 2013

Houston

Miller Outdoor Theater

 

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater will proudly perform An Evening in Italy: Celebrating 2013, the Year of Italian Culture in the United States at Miller Outdoor Theater on Friday, September 6 at 8 PM. Presented by the Miller Outdoor Theatre in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy in Houston, the program will feature dancers from Sarasota Ballet in two original works by Dominic Walsh, “I Napoletani” and “Bello.”

Set to Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and popular Neopolitan music from the late 1800s, I Napoletani is a lighthearted homage to the people of Naples.

“I feel an unmistakable vitality in the air when I am there, and I thought it would be fun to pay homage to this spirit of life that the Neapolitan people really appreciate, ” says Walsh. “After a montage to O Sole Mio, we visit Teatro San Carlo – one of the oldest theaters in Europe and the home of the first ballet school – to examine the evolution of dance and theater. We then travel to a kitchen in Naples accompanied by traditional Neapolitan music, food, humor and heart.”

Bello, set to five Italian arias by Georg Frederick Handel, is a tribute to the life of dancer Mark Arvin, a friend of Walsh's who passed away a month before the piece's 2005 premiere.

Following it's premiere, Bello received a Dance Europe Critics' Choice award for “Best Premiere (Classical)” and Mark Lynch of The Daily News wrote: “...it is a testament to Walsh...to have superbly etched the psychological interior of a man in search of the memories of past relationships...In the stunning, fleeting images of the final movement one realizes the power of Walsh's work as a transcendent synthesis of theater, music and contemporary dance...”

2013 - Year of Italian Culture in the United States, is an initiative held under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic and organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington. The aim of the initiative is to showcase Italian culture, not only in its traditional form of historical and artistic legacy, but also as a dynamic asset that gives value to the future relationship between Italy and the United States.

After being tapped by Fabrizio Nava, Consul General of Italy, to participate in this year's celebration, Walsh handpicked I Napoletani and Bello to highlight the country that has been a huge inspiration to him creatively.

“I’m honored to be asked by Consul General Nava to participate in 2013 – Year of Italian Culture in the United States.  The Italian community in Houston has continued to support DWDT enthusiastically for years and I’m humbly grateful.  I look forward to contributing to this celebration with two of my favorite works.”

An Evening in Italy is a free program, but tickets are required for reserved seats in the covered area. Tickets are available at the Box Office between 10:30 AM and 1 PM on the day of the show. Four tickets per person. Remaining tickets are available starting at 7 PM. Unclaimed seats are released 5 minutes before curtain. Hillside seating is not reserved.

Flyer link: http://www.italyinus2013.org/contents/pdf/flyerformailing.pdf

 

06 September 2013

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PURE AND IMPURE: PIER PAOLO PASOLINI’S MOVIES

 

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s intellectual legacy as a filmmaker is one of the most outstanding and controversial in post-war Europe, and it is now celebrated with a rich retrospective featuring new prints based on his movies realized by Istituto Luce Cinecittà in two years of work.

 

August 2 - 28
September 6 - 9
October

Los Angeles, UCLA Film & Television Archive
Billy Wilder Theatre
www.cinema.ucla.edu

Aero Theatre, Santa Monica
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

 

The retrospective includes:

 

Accattone (1961) Starring Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Adriana Asti

 

Mamma Roma (1962) Starring Anna Magnani, Franco Citti, Ettore Garofalo, Lamberto Maggiorani

 

Ricotta (1963). Episode from the movie Ro.Go.Pa.G. Starring OrsonWelles, Mario Cipriani, Laura Betti, Vittorio La Paglia

 

The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) Starring Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini, Marcello Morante and Hunting in Palestine (1965)

 

Love Meetings (1964) Starring Alberto Moravia, Antonella Lualdi, Graziella Granata, Susanna Pasolini

The Earth as Seen from the Moon (1966). Episode from the movie The Witches Starring Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Silvana Mangano, Laura Betti, Luigi Leoni.

 

Oedipus Rex (1967) Starring Franco Citti, Alida Valli, Carmelo Bene, Julian Beck, Silvana Mangano.

 

Medea (1969) Starring Maria Callas Massimo Girotti, Giuseppe Gentile, Laurent Terzieff.

 

Pigsty (1969) Starring Ugo Tognazzi, Franco Citti, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Ninetto Davoli, Pierre Clémenti.

 

Decameron (1971) with Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic

 

The Canterbury Tales (1972) Starring Hugh Griffith, Franco Citti, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli, Joséphine Chaplin.

 

Arabian Nights (1974) Starring Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Ines Pellegrini, Christian Alegny, Margareth Clementi.

 

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) Starring Caterina Boratto, Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto P. Quintavalle

 

Organized by: UCLA Film & Television Archive, American

Cinemathque, Luce Cinecittà and IIC

In collaboration with: Associazione Centro Studi - Archivio Pier Paolo Pasolini di Bologna, Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.

 

07 September 2013

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Unesco. Italia

 

Photographic exhibition on UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy.

 

Miami, Main Library Auditorium - June 22 - August 7, 2013
Joplin (MO), University of Southern Missouri - August 15 - September 7, 2013
Reno (NV), Arte Italia - September 26 - November 24, 2013
San Francisco, The Italian American Museum - December 5, 2013 - January 26, 2014

Miami, Joplin (MO), Reno (NV), San Francisco

 

An itinerant exhibition, with 150 works by renowned photographers and images from famous films shot on UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy. The exhibition aims at showcasing Italy’s 47 properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. 

 

Italy is the country with the most properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. Internationally it therefore plays an important role in managing this artistic-cultural heritage and helps emerging countries to protect their own sites, and to prepare the necessary documentation for these to be inscribed on the UNESCO list.

 

This exhibition illustrates Italy’s experience in preparing and managing the plans for its exceptional 47 sites. It consists in 150 fine works, both from a cultural and artistic point of view, by renowned photographers and aims at presenting Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a modern and vibrant fashion.  

 

Photographers include some of the most notable Italian contemporary artists: Barbieri, Basilico, Berengo Gardin, Caltagirone, Campigotto, Coletti, Guerrieri, Fossati, Jodice, Leone, Lesimple, Mariniello, Romano and Scianna. Italy is photographed in its length and breadth, from landscapes and venues to archaeological and historical sites, not forgetting the islands.

 

The exhibition also includes a short film made from scenes of films shot on the above-mentioned sites, which serves as a running scenery. Photos and videos accompany visitors in a journey of discovery of Italy against the beautiful backdrop of scenic photos. 

 

 

 

07 September 2013

Music and Theatre

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HITWEEK FESTIVAL: UNEXPECTED SOUNDS FROM ITALY

 

This is a festival celebrating several forms of Italian creativity under the big banner of music. The event brings to Los Angeles some of the greatest artists of the contemporary Italian musical scene 

 

September 7 - October 29, 2013

Los Angeles

 

The festival that celebrates Italian creativity in multiple fields under the banner of music comes back to North America with a month-long tour. The event will bring to Los Angeles Erica Mou, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino and Marco Mengoni, winner of this year’s Sanremo Music Festival. 

Panel on the music industry in Italy, organized in collaboration with FIMI and Billboard

 

Organized by:

Music Experience Roma S.r.l. and Mela Inc. 

With the participation of:

Italian Trade Commission, FIMI, Mise, Puglia Sounds, Puglia Promozione, Agenzia Nazionale per i Giovani

In collaboration with:

Studio Musica USA, IIC, IAMLA

Under the auspices of: Consulate General of Italy, Los Angeles

 

07 September 2013

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CIN CIN CINEMA FESTIVAL IN SAN DIEGO

 

Screening of Italian contemporary films with English subtitles.  

 

September 7 - 14, 2013

Amici Park Amphitheater
San Diego, CA

 

Organized by:
Cinema Little Italy and Little Italy Association
In collaboration with: IIC
www.cinemalittleitaly.com
 

 

08 September 2013

Next Generation

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University for Foreigners of Perugia

 

Fifty monthly scholarships to American students for courses of Italian language and culture

 

January - December 2013

Perugia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 September 2013

Next Generation

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Scholarships – Fulbright BEST

 

Fulbright scholarships dedicated to the Year Italia-USA 2013

 

January - December 2013

New York

 

Fulbright-BEST Program

Fulbright-BEST (Business Exchange and Student Training) is a program which was promoted by the Embassy of the United States in 2006 as a Fulbright Program spin-off. It is aimed at stimulating the spirit of entrepreneurship as well as boosting economic growth in Italy.

 

The Fulbright Commission runs the Fulbright-BEST Program together with the Institute of International Education, a New York-based Agency which, on behalf of the American Government, cooperates with both the Fulbright Commission and the Fulbright Foundation all over the world in handling the competition procedures reserved for both undergraduate and graduate candidates.
Primary private companies contribute to this program with their generous financial support together with the Fulbright-BEST Steering Committee which carries out fundraising activities and supports scholarship holders upon their return to Italy in order to facilitate the fulfilment of their business projects.

 

The Fulbright-BEST grants offer the possibility of attending Certificate/ Diploma/ Master/ MBA Programs in Entrepreneurship  with an academic training within companies in the United States.

 

The objective of the program is to offer Italian junior scholars and businessmen, willing to share an innovative project of technological transfer, the opportunity to be given a training in business management in American Universities. The training program includes an internship in a USA company, with the purpose of acquiring the skills which are indispensable to create one’s own start-up. This target has a great relevance in the program alongside the objective aimed at creating a company in Italy as a result of the American experience.

 

The ideal candidates are B.A holders (with the former academic system or holding a four year course degree), Ph.D. students in Italy or Ph.D. holders who completed their academic degree in Italy not earlier than five years before the competition deadline. Scientific and technological degrees come first. The scholarship includes a $35.000 grant to cover academic fees and living costs, and a 1.500 euro travel allowance  to cover roundtrip travel expenses between Italy and the United States.

 

 

 

10 September 2013

Science and Technology

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Italian Creativity and Technology

 

Seminar: Energica, the first made-in-Italy electric motorcycle, and high performance 3D printing materials. The Italian experience outrunning imagination

 

September 10, 2013

New York

Italian Cultural Institute

 

Energica, has been designed and developed by CRP, an Italian-based company with an affiliate company in North Carolina (CRP USA www.crp-usa.net).

The Italian manufacturer has used state-of-the-art technologies in the construction of the motorcycle, that is no more just an electric bicycle or a low performance motorcycle, but a real high performance superbike, that compares to 600cc ICE motorbikes. One of the most interesting technologies CRP used for Energica is the 3D Printing technology with high performance WINDFORM materials.
The lecture illustrates how 3D Printing can create a performing vehicle thanks to innovative laser sintering materials. These materials can produce functional and aesthetical parts that can also be metallized and painted.
CRP is involved as technological partner in several projects spanning from motorsports and automotive to aerospace.
This case-study reports a clear example of how racing technologies applied to automotive field can become the key factor in the design and construction of a vehicle. CRP has built several parts of Energica with 3D printing and Windform materials (CRP’s laser sintering materials) and now the electric motorcycle represents the next generation of sustainable high-tech mobility.
Energica tops out at 220 km/h and it has a range of 150 km (@70kmh cruising). The batteries can be charged within 3 hours or in less than 30 minutes to 80% of batteries capacity with fast charging strategy. The battery has a nominal capacity of 11.7 kWh and 13.2 kWh when it is completely charged. 

 


Speakers: Franco Cevolini, CEO and Technical Director of CRP Group and Stewart Davis, Director of Operations CRP USA

 

www.energicasuperbike.comwww.windform.euwww.crp.euwww.crp-usa.net

 

10 September 2013

Art

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ARCHITECTURE AND IDENTITY

 

This event consists of a conversation between two starchitects: the American Peter Bohlin from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, a firm with offices in Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco and the Italian Paolo Desideri from ABDR Architects in Rome. This colloquium is about the relationship between architecture and urban identity, with a comparison between Italy and the United States and the influence o

 

September 10, 2013

Philadelphia

ATHENAEUM 269 S 6th Street - Philadelphia, PA 

 

This event consists of a conversation between two starchitects: the American Peter Bohlin, a founding principal of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, a firm established originally in 1965 as Bohlin Powell in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and the Italian Paolo Desideri from ABDR Architects in Rome. Peter Bohlin was assigned the Gold Medal in 2010 by the American Insititute of Architects and is the genius behind the Apple stores in the world. Paolo Desideri is well known for many projects in Rome (such as the restoration of Palazzo delle Esposizioni and the New Tiburtina Railway Station) and Florence (Park of Music and Culture). The colloquium focuses on the relationship between Italian and American architecture and their reciprocal influences, as well as on the tight connections between architecture and urban/cultural identity. Inga Saffron, a popular journalist and art reviewer in the Philadelphia Inquirer, is the moderator of this interesting talk. The event is introduced by Professor Fabio Finotti, Director of the Italian Section in the Department of Romance Languages at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania. Organized by the non-profit association Pi-Philly - Professionisti Italiani of Filadelfia - in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, this meeting is joined by many other Italian and American architects living and working in the vast consular jurisdiction, who, through concrete examples of contemporary architectural projects in the urban landscape of Italy and the US, discuss how architects give ‘form’ and ‘shape’ to cities, combining aesthetics and functionality, and in so doing, define the unique “identity” of metropolitan areas.

 

11 September 2013

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BELLA ADDORMENTATA by Marco Bellocchio IL ROSSO E IL BLU by Giuseppe Piccioni

 

September 11, 2013
September 25, 2013

 

Miami
University of Miami, Whitten Learning Center

 

11 September 2013

Music and Theatre

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Table of Silence

 

Created by choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi in collaboration with Rossella Vasta sculptress. 

 

September 11, 2013

NEW YORK

Lincoln Center Josie Robertson Plaza - September 11  2013

 

For the third time, Choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi stages the site-specific "Ceremonial Event" created  to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11  entitled "The Table of Silence Project" : to perform are 100 dancers from the New York City dance community. It is a  public tribute to 9/11 conceived by choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi and Italian artist Rossella Vasta. The free public event will take place at Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza.

The performance has been designed by choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi, renowned for highly visual, imagistic dances. Her repertoire of more than 70 works has been seen by audiences across America in theatres such as : The Joyce Theater, the Kennedy Center, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Kravis Center, Dance St. Louis, the Sosnoff Theater..

The " Table of Silence Project" derives its title from artist Rossella Vasta's work of 100 white terracotta sculpture-plates representing a symbolic banquet table uniting all of humanity. "Table of Silence" will travel within 20 countries.

 

12 September 2013

Cinema and Photography

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Cleveland Italian Film Festival

 

September 12 - October 3, 2013

Cleveland, Cedar Lee Theatre

 

 

The eighth edition of the Cleveland Italian Film Festival 2013 once again will bring award winning Italian films to Cleveland and will take place September 12 - October 3, 2013 in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation, at the Cedar Lee Theatre, Capitol Theatre and Atlas theatres in Cleveland.

 

The Cleveland Italian Film Festival, organized by founder and director Joyce Mariani, is dedicated to promoting the Italian language and culture to the general public. It is the first independent film festival in Northeast Ohio to exclusively showcase award winning Italian films from Italy in a professional theatre setting and is supported by the City of Cleveland, the Consulate of Italy in Detroit and the Hon. Consul of Italy in Cleveland.

The Cleveland Italian Film Festival attracts film lovers from all over Ohio and has sold out since it's inception in 2006. The film festival is a major supporter of the $1.1 million restoration of the Cleveland's cultural monument to Italy, the Italian CulturalGarden in Cleveland, which honors Italy's cultural figures in the Arts & Sciences and Arts & Letters.
          
For more information please call: 216-456-8117 or visit :

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CLEVELAND-ITALIAN-FILM-FESTIVAL/113260022028374?fref=ts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 September 2013

Science and Technology

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Leonardo da Vinci - Codex on the flight of birds, 1505

Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Codex on the Flight of Birds” from the Royal Library of Turin 

 

A display of Leonardo’s famous manuscript from 1505 that shows his drawings and plans for a Flying Machine 

 

September 12 - October 22, 2013
October 25, 2013 - Early 2014

Washington DC, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
New York, Morgan Library

 

Flying has always fascinated man, whom nature has ‘forced’ to remain grounded. Already in the early 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci was studying how birds fly prompted by both scientific curiosity and the desire to accomplish one of man’s greatest dreams—to fly. Among the papers in the book are drawings for flying machines, designs of birds in flight and other original writings by da Vinci.

 

Leonardo’s genius lives again in this invaluable and delicate manuscript, Codex of Flight, only 18 pages long where he noted his observations on the flight of birds.
The truth is that his genius went far beyond: he envisioned the construction of flying machines that are so well designed that they are considered advanced even today, based on the principles of aerodynamics that make it possible for birds to take to the air.
The manuscript dates back to 1505 and went through many hands, disassembled and then reassembled, before coming into the hands of the House of Savoy, which put the book in the Royal Library of Turin where it has been conserved until today.
The U.S. public now has the opportunity to personally examine one of the codices that laid the foundations for engineering and technological advances of subsequent centuries and at the same time learn more about the Leonardo’s visionary projects 500 years ago.

 

On the occasion of the Year of Italian Culture, Washington’s Air and Space Museum hosts a splendid exhibition with copies of the manuscript that can be consulted and a digital version that showcases its extraordinary nature.

 

The Air and Space Museum, which opened in 1946, is an interactive gallery where children, adolescents, and entire families can spend time learning about scientific discoveries, engineering designs and visit small futuristic spaces that have drawn outer space ever closer.  

 

News and Press Release,

 http://www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/Templates/News.aspx?NRMODE=Published&NRNODEGUID=%7b0FC1E967-17DF-40E6-BC1D-216C494AF615%7d&NRORIGINALURL=%2fAmbasciata_Washington%2fArchivio_News%2f20130912DaVinci%2ehtm&NRCACHEHINT=NoModifyGuest

 

Address by Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero,

 http://www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/NR/rdonlyres/9E361E0F-B67E-4C37-964E-12282CF74D47/27827/speech.pdf

 

Info page by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum,

 http://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/codex/

 

 

13 September 2013

Italian Brand and Design

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The Reggio Approach: Early Education, Architecture and Design

 

Attendees to the event will be treated to a presentation about the Reggio Emilia educational method by the pedagogical specialist and Reggio Emilia educator Claudia Giudici and the architect Michele Zini, who designed the Italian International School (La Scuola) in San Francisco and specializes in architecture for young children.

 

September 13, 2013

San Francisco

Italian Cultural Institute

 

The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education is based on over forty years of experience in the Reggio Emilia infant/toddler and preschool centers in Italy and places emphasis on children’s symbolic languages in the context of a project-oriented curriculum. In the Bay area, the flagship Reggio school is the Piccola Scuola Italiana, which is beloved by parents and students alike. 

In the Reggio approach, children are encouraged to view learning as a journey that is developed in a free-flowing environment where emphasis is placed on two-way relationships between children and adults, as well as connections between ideas and the environment. Google and the World Bank have recently become prominent advocates for this approach to early childhood education.

 

To register for this free event click here,

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=nkqfe4dab&oeidk=a07e81v928fa55b59c8&oseq=a021mfgh3dxxgn

 

 

13 September 2013

Italian Brand and Design

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Barrique: A Third Life for Wood

 

Exhibit of design objects by several Italian top designers, manufactured by the Community of San Patrignano using wood crates

 

Boston: May 7 – 8, 2013
New York: May 18 – 20, 2013
Washington DC: May 29 – 30, 2013
Charleston: June 6 – 7, 2013
Miami: June 13 – 14, 2013
Houston: June 20 – 21, 2013
New York: June 30 – July 2, 2013
Chicago: July 9 – 10, 2013
Atlanta: September 13 – October 11, 2013

Boston, New York, Washington DC, Charleston, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta

 

In a Year which is dedicated to innovation, design and Italian culture in the United States, this unique project - which brings together design, wine and a social dimension - is a must. Through an itinerant exhibition, “Barrique” presents works made from old disused “barrique” wine barrels. Young members of the San Patrignano community have worked at it, together with thirty top Italian architects and emerging designers, who are the creators of the works on display. Visitors will sample select Italian wines at each of the exhibit’s stops.

 

“Barrique”, an innovative design project which enhances, at once, the exquisite craftsmanship that has long been one of Italy’s finest hallmarks, showcases furniture and pieces made from wood recovered from disused wine casks.
The works presented are not only those of some thirty famous Italian architects – to include Elio Fiorucci, Alberto Meda, Paolo Pininfarina, Matteo Thun, Angela Missoni, Franco and Matteo Origoni, Davide and Maurizio Riva, Giuseppe Leida – but also those of six young emerging designers, the winners of an international competition.
Given the project’s great success in Italy, in particular at the Fiera del Mobile in Milan, and the fact that 2013 is the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, the works have been brought to the United States for the first time. The pieces will be showcased in an itinerant exhibition, with each stop lasting for two days: on the first, wood and creativity are truly the protagonists. On the second day, which focuses on the “old” nature of the barriques’ recovered wood, there will be a Seminar and a tasting of some very special and select wines, chosen by the Associazione Italiana Sommelier.

The initiative is thus not only an exhibit of beautiful designer objects. Barrique brings together innovation, tradition, and a significant social value. The works, in fact, are made by San Patrignano  youths, a community committed to helping young people with drug-addiction issues.

 

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http://www.museumofdesign.org/2013/03/barrique-wine-design-and-social-change-2/

 

13 September 2013

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14 September 2013

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MusicEmotion – Filarmonica della Scala

 

July 13, 2013 (Daniel Harding)
August 10, 2013 (Riccardo Chailly)
September 14, 2013 (Bobby McFerrin)

Point Arena (CA)

 

July 13, 2013
Conductor: Daniel Harding

 

Program:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Maurerische Trauermusik
Richard Wagner – Tristan und Isolde, Vorspiel und Liebestod
Richard Strauss – Ein Heldenleben      

 

 

August 10, 2013
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

Program:
Giuseppe Verdi
Nabucco, Overture
Giovanna d’Arco, Overture
Jérusalem, Introduction
Jérusalem, Airs de ballet
Les Vêpres siciliennes, Overture
Les Vêpres siciliennes, Les Saisons, Ballabili

 

 

September 14, 2013
Conductor: Bobby McFerrin

 

Program:
Leonard Bernstein Candide, Overture
Gabriel Fauré –
 Pavane op. 50
Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto per due violoncelli, archi e continuo RV 531
Bobby McFerrin  – Solo Improvisations
Felix Mendelsshon-Bartholdy  – Sinfonia n. 4 op. 90 Italiana

 

14 September 2013

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Pier Paolo Pasolini's Genius come to San Francisco

 

It’s not often you hear a man described as a poet, journalist, philosopher, linguist, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, newspaper and magazine columnist, actor, painter and political figure. Yet, Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922 - 1975) was all that and more: an iconic and controversial thinker that is still revered and studied today; a man who loved Italy as much as he criticized it.

 

September 14 - 15, 2013

San Francisco

Castro and Roxie Theaters

 

Looking back at filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini,

http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Looking-back-at-filmmaker-Pier-Paolo-Pasolini-4806778.php

 

Pasolini began his artistic career at the age of seven with his first poem and over the next decades honed his poetic talent, which rested as much on his linguistic aptitude as on his shrewd social analysis. Released when Pasolini was twenty years old, Poesie a Casara was published at his own expense and written in Friulian, which he had learned from his mother.

 

Here is a joyful stanza from that work (Friulian/Italian/English)

Fontana di aga dal me paìs.
A no è aga pì fres-cia che tal me paìs.
Fontana di rustic amòur.

 

Water fountain of my country.
There’s no water fresher than in my country.
Fountain of rustic love.

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Pasolini would come to write much poignant poetry over his short lifetime, often exploring the plight of a hopeless working class or the insanity of the powerful. Here is poem indicative of this focus.

I dis robàs

Nos ch’i sin puòrs i vin puòc timp 
de zoventùt e de belessa: 
mond, te pòus stà sensa de nos.

Sclafs da la nàssita i sin nos! 
Pavèjs ch’a no àn mai vut belessa 
muartis ta la galeta dal timp.

I siòrs a no ni pàin il timp: 
i dis robàs a la belessa 
dai nuostris paris e da nos.

No finiràia il dizùn dal timp?

Stolen Days

We who are poor have little time 
for youth and beauty: 
you can do well without us.

Our birth enslaves us! 
butterflies shorn of all beauty, 
buried in the chrysalis of time.

The wealthy don’t pay for our time: 
those days stolen from beauty 
possessed by our fathers and us.

Will time’s hunger never die?

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Pasolini created his first film in 1961, Accattone, which launched the renaissance man into a career of filmmaking that was cut short in 1975 by his assassination. In fact, three days before his death Pasolini was asked if there is a relation between being a poet and filmmaker. His response was, “As far as I’m concerned, there is a profound unity between the two of them. It’s as if I were a bilingual writer.”

 

15 September 2013

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Italian Cinema: The Newest Wave

 

September 2013

Cambridge (MA)

Harvard Film Archive

 

The goal of the “Italian Cinema: The Newest Wave” film festival is to present the contemporary Italian cinema and today’s Italy to the Boston community. The film festival continues a tradition of close collaboration between the Italian Consulate in Boston and Harvard Film Archive that previously organized a review of the Risorgimento in 2011 and a tribute to Michelangelo Antonioni in 2012.

 

If Italian cinema first announced itself internationally in 1913 with such epics as “Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei” and “Quo Vadis,” it has continually proved its ability to reinvent itself ever since and, 100 years later, is still going strong. The varied and vibrant work of Italy’s newest filmmakers demonstrates the ongoing vitality of Italian cinema. In honor of the Year of Italian Culture, the Harvard Film Archive takes stock of the past twelve years of one of the world’s most vibrant film cultures. Over two weekends in September, the Harvard Film Archive will present ten to twelve films to emerge from Italy since the turn of the millennium.

 

Among the directors and films to be included are:

 

Giuseppe Capotondi: La doppia ora (2009)

Francesca Comencini: Mobbing (2004)

Emanuele Crialese: Nuovomondo (2006)

Leonardo di Costanzo: L’intervallo (2012)

Gianni di Gregorio: Pranzo di ferragosto (2008)

Matteo Garrone: Reality (2012)

Luca Guadagnino: I Am Love (2009)

Mario Martone: Noi credevamo (2010)

Andrea Molaioli: La ragazza del lago (2007)

Susanna Nicchiarelli: Cosmonauta (2009)

Ferzan Ozpetek: La finestra di fronte (2003)

Silvio Soldini: Giorni e nuvole (2007)

Roberta Torre: Angela (2002)

Marco Tullio Giordana: I cento passi (2000)

 

 

 

15 September 2013

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Gems of the Medici

 

A world-premiere exhibition highlights some of the oldest and most unique pieces of the Medici collections

 

October 26, 2012 – March 31, 2013
April 14 – September 15, 2013

Houston, Museum of Natural Science
Bowers Museum, Orange CA

 

The Gems of the Medici exhibit presents for the first time outside Italy a number of unique masterpieces belonging to the collection of the Medici family, which ruled Florence for 300 years leaving its mark on the history of art

 

Gems of the Medici is a premiere exhibition that delves into the history of Florence, Italy's renowned Medici family. In the mid-1400s, many celebrated artists, goldsmiths, silversmiths and engravers were attracted by the abundance of wealth in the city of Florence, but the most important factor in this gathering of talent was the presence and patronage of the Medici family.

 

For almost 300 years, generation after generation of Medici dominated city affairs and steered the course of art history. It was the Medici family who funded the workshops of these artists and artisans, and who commissioned and collected their masterpieces of art and antiquity. From the founding father to the last Grand Duke, the immense power and wealth of this great dynasty was invested in its legendary collections, of which the collection renowned as the Gems of the Medici is perhaps the finest in the world.

 

Gems of the Medici, a world-premiere exhibition, highlights some of the oldest and most unique pieces of the Medici collections, including antiquities dating from the 1st Century BCE as well as a cornelian which was part of the Seal of Nero.

 

Gems of the Medici was organized by Contemporanea Progetti, Florence, Italy in collaboration with Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale Firenze. Support provided by The Wortham Foundation, Inc.

 

17 September 2013

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Roberto Bolle - photo ©Andrea Varani
Roberto Bolle - photo ©Andrea Varani

Roberto Bolle and Friends

 

The declared purpose of the Gala is to let people have a flavor of what classical dance has been in the last 100 years and what it is now. It presents a selection of the most well known and fascinating pieces of the 19th century repertoire with contemporary choreography and artistic direction by Roberto Bolle

 

September 17, 2013

New York

New York City Center Theatre

 

Roberto Bolle, trained at the Theatre La Scala Ballet School, Étoile at La Scala Theatre from 2003, ABT Principal Dancer from 2009, has designed the “Roberto Bolle and Friends” as a performance unique among similar galas. No other classical dancer is able to offer such a large variety of pieces and to perform with the best dancers at the moment, coming from all over the world to be part of this event.

The Gala Roberto Bolle and Friends has been performed in many important Italian theaters and prestigious locations, among the others: Piazza San Marco in Venice and Colosseo in Rome
In 2012, The Gala Roberto Bolle and Friends brought more than 9.000 people in Verona Arena
In September 2013, for the first time, The Gala will be performed  in New York. The American audience will have the opportunity to appreciate, during a unique soirée, on the same stage, the most famous ballet stars.

The Gala becomes in this way a friendly competition of different style and school, a context in the name of art and dance. It is an exceptional cultural offer: the talent of Roberto Bolle and the quality of all the friends offered to a large audience.

 

Roberto Bolle - photo ©Luciano RomanoRoberto Bolle - photo ©Luciano Romano

17 September 2013

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Coro della  Montagna “INZINO” - Gardone Val Trompia – Brescia 

 

The Choir of the Mountain "Inzino", formed in 1955, is the first chorus of the mountain created in the province of Brescia. Their repertoire ranges from the classic polyphonic choral genre, which includes Italian folk music songs, to the classical and modern religious songs, including traditional and international pop music and Christmas carols. 

 

September 17th, 2013

Washington DC

 

The choir is made up of thirty elements, conducted by Maestro Narciso Lancellotti, and divided into first and second tenors, baritones and basses. The choir creates unique harmonies which enrich the performance with the magical atmosphere of the mountains, inspired by authors such as Bepi De Marzi, Paolo Bon, John Malatesta, Marco Maiero.

The Choir of the Mountain Inzino has toured in Switzerland, Poland, Spain and Portugal, and has performed at the Vatican, in the presence of Pope John Paul II.

The choir is chaired by Mr. Cesare Giovanelli and is directed by Maestro Narciso Lancelotti.

 

18 September 2013

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Pills, Poison, and Power

 

The Role of Medicine at the Court of the Medici Grand Dukes

 

September 18, 2013

Washington DC

Embassy of Italy

 

A lecture by Sheila Barker

 

Medici, the name of the family that ruled Tuscany for two hundred years, means 'doctors.' This curious fact, however, is only the beginning of the epic story of this Italian court's role in unshackling medicine from ancient authorities like Galen and Hippocrates and leading it to the modern laboratory. Between 1537 and 1737, six generations of the Medici family enriched medical science with new drugs from the Americas, the Levant, and Asia; they created and managed botanical gardens, pharmacies, a hospital, and a university (Pisa), where new therapies and theories were always welcome; they recruited leading innovators in medicine and pharmacology from all over Europe and without regard to religious creed; and they themselves—the grand dukes and grand duchesses of the House of Medici—were avid amateur chemists and medical practitioners, delighting in the discovery of an opiate based recipe to relieve arthritis, or an oil of scorpion venom used to counteract any poisons that might infiltrate their banquets. Even more importantly, the Medici sovereigns recognized early on that their technological leadership in such a crucial human concern as medicine could be exploited for the purposes of statecraft and international diplomacy. Using almost exclusively unpublished documents from the Medici Granducal Archive, the presentation will reveal the Medici court's key role in the quest for knowledge of diseases and their cures.

 

This lecture will be followed by a presentation of The Medici Archive Project by Alessio Assonitis, and a musical performance by Barbara Hollinshead and Howard Bass.

 

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19 September 2013

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Muti Conducts Verdi and Brahms 

 

September 19, 2013

Chicago

Symphony Center

 

Concert starts at 8.00pm

 

Music Director Riccardo Muti leads Giuseppe Verdi's powerful ballet from Macbeth in honor of the opera composer's bicentennial and rounds the concert off with the sunniest of Brahms's symphonies, which opens with horns rising like the dawn over brooding lower strings. The splendid melodies of Johann Strauss, Jr.'s overture to Indigo and the Forty Thieves are filled with iconic swagger. 

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti conductor 


Program
Smith The Star-Spangled Banner 
J. Strauss, Jr. Overture to Indigo and the Forty Thieves 
Verdi Ballet Music from Macbeth 
Brahms Symphony No. 2 

 

 

 Tickets on sale August 16, 2013 at 312-294-3000 or visiting www.cso.org 

 

21 September 2013

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"Bib" necklace, 1965. Gold with emeralds, amethysts, turquoise, and diamonds, 39 x 6 cm. Formerly in the collection of Lyn Revson. Bulgari Heritage Collection, inv. 401 N565

The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950 - 1990

 

An exclusive exhibition of approximately 150 pieces created by the renowned Italian jeweler over four decades. This exhibition will highlight jewelry that defined a pivotal period in Italian design, and will include many pieces from the personal collection of Elizabeth Taylor

 

September 21, 2013 - February 17, 2014

San Francisco

DeYoung Museum

 

“I always visit Bulgari because it is the most important museum of contemporary art.”
– Andy Warhol

 

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond 1950 - 1990, an exhibition of approximately 150 pieces created by the renowned Italian jeweler over four decades. This exclusive exhibition will highlight jewelry that defined a pivotal period in Italian design, and will include many pieces from the personal collection of Elizabeth Taylor. The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950 – 1990 will be on display at the de Young Museum from September 21, 2013 through February 17, 2014.

 

Bulgari notably began to create its own trademark in jewelry in the 1960s by embracing boldly-colored combinations of gemstones, use of heavy gold, and forms derived from Greco-Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance, and the 19th-century Roman school of goldsmiths. The company helped to develop a look that would come to be known as the “Italian school” of jewelry design. Pieces in the exhibition display the jeweler’s eclectic creativity and invention during this period.

 

Works in the exhibition also include those from the 1970s and 80s, a particularly innovative period for the jeweler and one influenced by Pop Art and other contemporary trends. "The hard-edged designs of the 1970s included a whole range based on the Stars-and-Stripes motif, while in the 1980s the Parentesi collection had a modular architectural presence; both show how the jeweler could lead in new directions with a strong sense of design,” said Martin Chapman, curator in charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

 

Bulgari’s successful cultivation of prominent patrons and movie stars like Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman, and perhaps most notably, Elizabeth Taylor, has long been a key aspect of the jeweler’s reputation. To help explore the cultural context in which these objects were made, the exhibition will include innovative uses of sketches, photographs, and other archival materials that help to reveal a fascinating intersection of celebrity, design, and fine craftsmanship. 

 

The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950 - 1990 continues the Fine Arts Museums’ strong track record of exhibitions highlighting the work of decisive figures and movements in the world of fashion and design including: Cartier in America, Balenciaga and Spain, Yves Saint Laurent and The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, among others.

 

Visiting
de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
deyoungmuseum.org
415-750-3600

 

Museum Hours
Tuesday–Sunday, 9:30 am–5:15 pm
Friday (March 29–November 29, 2013) 9:30 am–8:45 pm
Closed Mondays

 

Admission

Admission: $20 adults; $17 seniors; $16 college students with ID; $10 youths 6–17. (These prices include general admission.) Members and children 5 and under are free. General admission is free the first Tuesday of every month.

 

Tickets can be purchased on site and on the de Young’s website: deyoungmuseum.org. Tickets purchased online include a $1 handling charge.

Group ticket reservations available by emailing groupsales@famsf.org

 

About the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, is the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.

The de Young is housed in a copper-clad landmark building designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron. It showcases the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 17th to the 21st centuries; art from Oceania, Africa, and the Americas; a diverse collection of costumes and textiles; and international contemporary art.

The Legion of Honor’s Beaux-Arts style building designed by George Applegarth is located on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Its collections span 4,000 years and include European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West.

 

About Bulgari
Today part of the LVMH Group, Bulgari was founded in Rome in 1884 as a jewelry shop and progressively imposed itself with its magnificent jewelry creations, emblems of Italian excellence. International success made the Company evolve into its current dimension as a global and diversified player in the luxury market, with a store network in the most exclusive shopping areas worldwide and a portfolio of products and services ranging from jewels and watches to accessories, perfumes and hotels.

 

Images available by request.


Media Contacts

Erin Garcia egarcia@famsf.org

Arlo Crawford acrawford@famsf.org

Clara Hatcher chatcher@famsf.org

 

Hilary Gurley, Senior Manager Public Relations, Bulgari Corporation of America

Hilary.heard@bulgari.com

 

21 September 2013

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Ball 

 

September 21, 2013

Chicago

Symphony Center

 

The Ball starts at 7.00pm

 

Join us for a special Symphony Ball celebration of the bicentennial of Italy's greatest opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi. Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in some of Verdi's most popular and rousing choruses, including the invigorating anthem Va, pensiero from Nabucco. Renowned opera stars Barbara Frittoli and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo sing the impassioned second act finale of La forza del destino. 

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti conductor 

Barbara Frittoli soprano (Leonora)
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe chorus director 

 

Program
Verdi Ballet Music from Macbeth 
Verdi Patria oppressa! from Macbeth 
Verdi Si redesti il leon di Castiglia from Ernani 
Verdi Va, pensiero from Nabucco 
Verdi Act 2 Finale from La forza del destino 
Verdi Overture to I vespri siciliani 

 

 

 Tickets on sale August 16, 2013 at 312-294-3000 or visiting www.cso.org 

 

21 September 2013

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GIUSEPPE VERDI, GIOVANNA D’ARCO

 

September 21 - 29, 2013

Chicago

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

 

On the occasion of the bicentennial of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, the Chicago Opera Theater presents Giovanna d’Arco (1845).
In addition, the Italian Cultural Institute hosts a symposium on the opera, with musical demonstrations by singers involved in the production and a roundtable discussion.

 

On the occasion of the bicentennial of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, the Chicago Opera Theater presents Giovanna d’Arco (1845). It is a bold and vivid portrayal of the iconic Joan of Arc, a woman sacrificing everything in fighting for her beliefs and her country. Verdi excels in writing some of his most brilliant orchestral and choral music for this passionate story.
In addition, the Italian Cultural Institute hosts a symposium on Joan of Arc on Sunday, September 15th, featuring:
Philip Gossett is a music historian specializing in 19th-century Italian opera. Author of two books on Donizetti and of Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera, Gossett serves as General Editor of The Works of Giuseppe Verdi and of The Critical Edition of the Works of Gioachino Rossini.  He is Cavaliere di Gran Croce of the Italian Republic.    
Jesse Rosenberg is a specialist in 19th and 20th century Italian opera. He is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Opera, Pipers Enzyclopädie des Musiktheaters, and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He is on the Faculty Honor Roll at Northwestern University.  

Alberto Rizzuti is editor of the critical edition of Giovanna d’Arco, and Associate Professor of Musicology and the History of Music at the University of Turin.  

In the afternoon, singers from the Chicago Opera Theater demonstrate pieces from their Joan of Arc production. Andreas Mitisek, General Director of the Chicago Opera Theater, leads a roundtable discussion about the opera. 

 

Italian with Engish supertitles, 100 minutes, no intermission;

 

Learn more

http://www.iicchicago.esteri.it/IIC_Chicago/webform/SchedaEventoAltrove.aspx?id=105&citta=Chicago

 

21 September 2013

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CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and SUOR ANGELICA  

 

September 21 - 22, 2013

Miami
Olympia Theater at the Gusnam Center for the Performing Arts

 

22 September 2013

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Bartolomeo Veneto, St. Catherine Crowned, ca. 1520 Oil on panel, 24 13⁄16 x 21 in. Glasgow Museums; bequeathed by Sir Claude Phillips, 1924 Copyright CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collections Courtesy American Federation of Arts  

Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting

 

The exhibition presents the evolution of thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century through a collection of unique works by great Italian masters from the Glasgow Museum

 

22 August - 17 November 2013.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Museum of Arts

 

The exhibition presents the evolution of thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century through a collection of unique works by great Italian masters from the Glasgow Museum. The exhibition, organized by the American Federation of Arts and Glasgow Museums, makes its debut at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art then will tour several North American Museums and Galleries until 2015.

 

With works by some of the greatest names in European art, Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums will examine the thematic and stylistic developments in Italian art—from the religious paintings of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to the secular neoclassical and genre paintings of the nineteenth century. The remarkable regional and historical breadth of the exhibition will also showcase the outstanding quality of Glasgow Museums’ collection.

 Organized into five chronological sections, Of Heaven and Earth will include paintings originating from the principal artistic centers of Italy—Rome, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Siena, Naples, and Venice—and will present the works of artists such as Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Domenichino, Francesco Guardi, Salvator Rosa, and Titian alongside those of lesser-known masters. Many of these works are being conserved specifically in anticipation of this tour. The exhibition will highlight significant new research and discoveries relating to attribution, dates, provenance, infrared analysis, and the reconstruction of fragmented altarpieces.

The accompanying catalogue will feature essays on Glasgow’s collections and the museum’s Italian paintings by Guest Curator Peter Humfrey, an internationally renowned specialist in Italian art history recently retired from teaching at the University of St. Andrews.

The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and Glasgow Museums. The project has been supported by a grant from the Samuel H. Cress Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane

Exhibition itinerary: Oklahoma City Museum of Art (August 22–November 17, 2013); Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (December 13, 2013–March 9, 2014); Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY (April 17–July 13, 2014); Milwaukee Art Museum (October 1, 2014–January 4, 2015); Santa Barbara Museum of Art (February 6, 2015–May 3, 2015); and one additional venue to be determined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giuseppe Cesari, called Cavalier d’Arpino The Archangel Michael and the Rebel Angels, ca. 1592–93 Oil on silver-leafed copper, 32 1⁄16 x 25 11⁄16 in. Glasgow Museums; bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1854 Copyright CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collections Courtesy American Federation of Arts  

22 September 2013

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Bice Lazzari - Selfportrait
Bice Lazzari - Selfportrait

Bice Lazzari: Signature Line 

 

The National Museum of Women of the Arts in Washington has organized a monographic exhibition dedicated to the great Italian artist, Bice Lazzari. The exhibition looks the artistic evolution of the most famous Italian Abstract artist through a selection of her works

 

May 10 - September 22, 2013

Washington DC, National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

On the occasion of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, the National Museum of Women in the Arts of Washington will host an exhibition dedicated to Italian artist Bice Lazzari.

Born in Venice in 1900, Bice Lazzari soon made a name for herself by using a new language and by going from an orderly, constructed use of a  space in paintings to a dismemberment of form and a different use of materials.

 

Regarded as a non-conformist artist, Bice Lazzari’s work is charged with a charisma which conveys, through her painting and drawings, her passion for music and poetry.

However, what has led her to be regarded as the quintessential Italian Abstract artist was her closeness to the wave of “informalism”, which was born as an artistic response to the deep moral, political and ideological crisis which followed the horrors of war and rejected every formal rule, as well as every form of rational knowledge.

Bice Lazzari has undoubtedly substantially influenced the avant-garde movements of the Abstract artistic movement by expressing, in her works, that modernity which situates her among the great Italian women in the Arts of the 20th century. 

 

23 September 2013

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FLAMINIA CROSSING

 

from September 23rd to October 3rd 2013

Roma (IT) e Fayetteville (USA)

 

An International Workshop of architectural design will lead to an exhibition on the theme of sustainable urban regeneration, to represent the Italian architecture in its links with the tradition and its projection into the future. All dedicated to an area of Rome, one of the the most significant from the point of view of history and cultural heritage, containing important works of modern and contemporary architecture.

 

"Flaminia crossing" is an international workshop in architecture and urban planning on the theme of urban regeneration and climate-neutrality in a strategic area of the city of Rome, capital of Italy: an area containing important works of modern and contemporary architecture, including the Pier Luigi Nervi's Flaminio Stadium, the Foro Italico (formerly Foro Mussolini), Renzo Piano's Auditorium Parco della Musica and Zaha Hadid's MAXXI museum. The initiative involves students, citizens, stakeholders and local political authorities through a campaign of creative communication, linked to the Climate Week in New York and the celebrations for the Year of Italian Culture in the United States. It aims to foster interaction and involvement with the citizens of Rome for the realization of a broad awareness campaign, including practical suggestions to adopt sustainable practices, to identify paths to a climate-resilient city.

The results of the workshop, produced by up to 75 students from universities in the USA and Italy, are exhibited at the headquarters of the University of Arkansas Rome Center and at its home campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The international workshop is held from September 23rd to October 3rd in Rome.

The exhibition is open on 3rd October 2013 at University of Arkansas Rome Center in Palazzo Taverna, Via Monte Giordano 36, Rome and at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

The activities are coordinated by the University of Arkansas Rome Center in collaboration with the University of Philadelphia, together with the Faculty of Building Engineering-Architecture University "Sapienza" of Rome, the Faculty of Architecture of "Roma Tre", the administration of Roma Capitale and the 'Non-profit association "CittadinanzaAttiva," a movement of civic participation.

 

23 September 2013

Italian Language and Literature

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Machiavelli’s Prince After 500 Years

 

Conference held by Prof. William J. Connell, historian and holder of  the Chair in Italian Studies at Seton Hall University for the celebration of the 500 years after Machiavelli’s Prince.

 

September 23, 2013 - 6PM

East Orange (N.J.)

Seton Hall University - Walsh Library 

 

Widely known for its insights into history and politics, "The Prince", by Machiavelli is one of the mostly known works of the Italian Renaissance for its provocative assertions on government rules considered extreme by his contemporaries and almost shocking to many of them.

At the center of Machiavellian thought there is the principle that the end justifies the means, and to preserve power and strengthen the state, “The Prince” is justified to take any action, even those in open conflict with the laws of morality.

Prof. W. Connell, leading specialist in the history of Italy and Early Modern Europe, author of numerous studies on Machiavelli and an accurate translation of "The Prince", depicts the life of Machiavelli focusing on the meaning of his work and the historical context in which it was written.

 

23 September 2013

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DANILO GIANNONI

 

By using an ancient technique learned from Turkish masters, the artist realizes amazing paintings “on water”. Afterwards, the drawings are copied on special paper and fixed with natural paint.

 

September 5 - 29, 2013

Los Angeles

LA Artcore Gallery

 

Curated by Carolina Lio and organized by:
ART 1037 and LA Artcore

In collaboration with: IIC

 

24 September 2013

Italian Language and Literature

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Artemisia: Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome

 

Two women, two artists, two worlds in transition.

 

September 24, 2013 to April 22, 2014

Atlanta

Michael C. Carlos Museum

 

20th century writer Anna Banti stumbles upon the story of 17th-century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi, daughter of a famous painter, brilliant in her own right yet unknown and unheard of. Though information was scarce, Anna begins to create a presence of this "sister" of centuries before and drafts a manuscript. She imagines Artemisia's struggles as a female artist in a male dominated time and profession and finds kinship in her own efforts as a writer centuries later. The violence of rape that defined Artemisia's life echo the world of violence of Nazi occupied Italy in which Anna lives. Anna is writing in war-torn Florence where the bombing of her home destroys the only copy of her work. Starting over again was an almost impossible task but Artemisia had now taken on a voice and presence of her own and she haunted Anna, driving her to write her story again. This time however, Anna was not writing alone but in a constant state of complement and contrast with Artemisia. The two artists flow together to render a touching and challenging story of parallel lives as female artists living in a world of violence, and most of all needing to find one's own voice in the midst of chaos.

 

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26 September 2013

Italian Brand and Design

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The Humanistic Legacy in Renzo Piano’s Architecture: The NYC Projects

 

Thur. Sept. 26, 2013 (6-8pm) and Sat. Oct. 5, 2013

Montclair, NJ

Montclair State University (Conference Center, UN Hall 7th floor)

 

After providing an overview of Renzo Piano’s career spanning almost four decades from the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1977) to the Shard in London (2012), the Sept. 26 panel focuses on the legacy of Italian humanism in his projects and on his role in the architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries. Special emphasis will be placed on the New York City projects, which the guided tour will cover on Oct. 5. 

 

PANEL (Sept. 26, 2013)

Winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1998, Renzo Piano is one of the most important architects in the world today with offices in Paris, New York, and Genoa. Born, trained, and partially based in Italy, Piano has embraced projects in various parts of the world with an approach that blends sensitivity towards the history of their environment with an awareness of their contemporary function for public and specialized use (Kansai Airport in Osaka, Parco della Musica in Rome). Refreshingly marked by the lack of a signature style in an era of “starchitects,” Piano’s philosophy of space allows him to create in the present while preserving traditional values. As he has himself stated: “Personally, I find that my desire to take unbeaten paths is perfectly in tune with my appreciation for the tradition. Perhaps it is a European trait, perhaps an Italian one specifically. Certainly it is part of the humanist culture’s legacy.”

After providing an overview of Renzo Piano’s career spanning almost four decades from the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1977) to the Shard in London (2012), this panel focuses on the legacy of Italian humanism in his projects and on his role in the architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries. Special emphasis will be placed on the New York City projects, both completed and in progress. The panel featuring eminent experts Martin Filler (Architecture Critic, The New York Review of Books) and Prof. Kenneth Frampton (Columbia University) will be moderated by Arch. Giovanni Santamaria (New York Institute of Technology) and introduced by Dr. Teresa Fiore (Montclair State University).

GUIDED TOUR (Oct. 5, 2013)

The guided tour of one of the most dynamic cities in the world through the lens of a kaleidoscopic yet composed architect like Piano offers a physical and metaphysical walk through the past and the future at once. To borrow from Piano himself in a fortunate phrase imbued with an Italo Calvino–esque spirit: “When they ask me how the city of the future will look like, I reply: Like that of the past.” This three-hour tour, led by AIA architect Kyle Johnson, will include stops at three sites designed by Piano in Manhattan: Morgan Library Expansion, New York Times Building, new Whitney Museum.  

This two-part program is designed, sponsored and organized by the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University. Co-sponsored by the Consulate of Italy in Newark, NJ and the New York Institute of Technology.

Contact: Dr. Teresa Fiore at inserra@montclair.edu

Links:

http://www.montclair.edu/chss/inserra-chair/events/2013-14/renzopiano/panel/

http://www.montclair.edu/chss/inserra-chair/events/2013-14/renzopiano/tour/

 

26 September 2013

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La Conversazione Classica [Classical Conversation], c. 1927, Gio (Giovanni) Ponti (Italian, 1891 - 1979), Richard-Ginori, Doccia (Florence), Gilt porcelain, The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection. Photo: Silvia Ros
La Conversazione Classica [Classical Conversation], c. 1927, Gio (Giovanni) Ponti (Italian, 1891 - 1979), Richard-Ginori, Doccia (Florence), Gilt porcelain, The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection. Photo: Silvia Ros

Echoes and Origins: Interwar Italian Design

 

For its fall 2013 exhibition season, on the occasion of the Year of Italian culture in the US, The Wolfsonian–Florida International University presents a program of independent though interrelated exhibitions, entitled Rebirth of Rome, that examine the aesthetics of dictatorship in interwar Italy

 

September 26, 2013

Miami Beach

The Wolfsonian – FIU

 

Each exhibition addresses responses to the challenges of modernity, as seen in the over 200 objects of public works, mural paintings, architecture, design, and decorative arts in Italy in the 1920s and 1930s, drawn from The Wolfsonian’s collection, with loans from the museum’s founder, Mitchell Wolfson, Jr., and from Marcello Cambi and the Wolfsoniana in Genoa. The sum of the exhibitions comprises a portrait of Italy in the modern age, highlighting the dialogue between politics and aesthetics that largely defined its self-representation during this critical period of its history.

 

Echoes and Origins is an exhibition of applied arts and design objects that collectively evidence the dilemma of creating a unified national identity faced by Italy in the 1920s and ‘30s. Responding to the demand for forms of expression that would integrate tradition with revolutionary change, designers of the period developed dramatically different strategies to convey varied notions of Italian culture and identity. A selection of furniture, ceramics, graphic and product design, and industrial objects offers a survey of the aesthetic pluralism embraced by the Italian government in the interwar period. This position was adopted to aid the state in turning a diverse population into a common community, wedding notions of the Imperial Roman past with the spirit and technology of modernity. 

 

Rebirth of Rome is made possible by the Italian Consulate General Miami and the Italian Cultural Institute New York, with additional support from the Poltrona Frau Group Miami and the Leon Levy Foundation. We would also like to thank Mitchell Wolfson, Jr., Marcello Cambi in Genoa, and the Wolfsoniana–Fondazione Regionale per la Cultura e lo Spettacolo in Genoa for their generous loans to the exhibition.

 

The Wolfsonian–Florida International University is a museum, library, and research center that uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, historical, and technological changes that have transformed our world. The collections comprise approximately 120,000 objects from the period of 1885 to 1945—the height of the Industrial Revolution to the end of the Second World War—in a variety of media including furniture; industrial-design objects; works in glass, ceramics, and metal; rare books; periodicals; ephemera; works on paper; paintings; textiles; and medals. The Wolfsonian is located at 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors, students, and children age 6 -12; and free for Wolfsonian members, State University System of Florida staff and students with ID, and children under six. The museum is open daily from noon-6 p.m.; Friday from noon-9 p.m.; and closed on Wednesday. Contact us at 305.531.1001 or visit us online at www.wolfsonian.org for further information.

The Wolfsonian–FIU is proud to receive ongoing support from The State of Florida; Department of Cultural Affairs; The Florida Council on Arts and Culture; The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, The Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program Cultural Arts Council; Bacardi, USA., Inc.; The Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation; The Wolfsonian Visionaries; and United Airlines, the Official Airline of The Wolfsonian–FIU.

 

Florida International University is one of the twenty-five largest universities in the nation, with more than forty-two thousand students. Nearly one hundred thirty thousand FIU alumni live and work in South Florida. Its colleges and schools offer more than two hundred bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations and law. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. The opening of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in August 2009 has enhanced the university’s ability to create lasting positive change in our community. For more information about FIU, visit www.fiu.edu.

 

The Wolfsoniana–Fondazione Regionale per la Cultura e lo Spettacolo, the Italian partner of The Wolfsonian–FIU, focuses on the study and exhibition of decorative and propaganda arts spanning the same period as the Wolfsonian collections. The Wolfsoniana opened as a study center in 1993 and expanded into a museum in 2005. Located in Genoa, its collection comprises a significant portion of Italian materials collected by Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. and gifted by him in 2007 to the Fondazione Regionale per la Cultura e lo Spettacolo.

 

Wolfsoniana Museum – via Serra Gropallo, 4, 16167 Genoa Nervi, Italy
phone + 1 39 010 3231329

 

Wolsoniana Study Center – Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Matteotti, 9, 16123 Genoa, Italy
phone + 1 39 010 5761393

www.wolfsoniana.it

 

 

27 September 2013

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Giuseppe Verdi "Nabucco"

 

In celebration of Verdi’s 200th birthday, Opera Philadelphia delivers a galvanizing, must-see production that transforms the Academy into La Scala and features “Va, pensiero (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves),” adopted as Italy’s unofficial national anthem

 

September 27 and 29, October 2, 4 and 6, 2013

Philadelphia

Academy of Music

 

Opera at the Academy
Performed in Italian with English supertitles

 

Company Premiere and New Co-Production
On its surface, Nabucco is about the epic struggle of the Jews suppressed by Babylon’s King. But to Italians fighting for their freedom from Austria, Verdi’s first great opera was an inspiring call to arms. In an unprecedented spectacle, Opera Philadelphia produces this beloved biblical tale with a slight twist: while the classical story unfolds on stage, 19th century opera goers join the modern day audience. The result? An exhilarating opera-within-an-opera as the Academy transforms into La Scala to thrill all involved, especially with “Va, pensiero (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves),” adopted as Italy’s unofficial national anthem shortly after Nabucco’s premiere. In celebration of Verdi’s 200th birthday and 2013 being the Year of Italian Culture in the U.S., Opera Philadelphia delivers a galvanizing, must-see production.

 

New co-production with Washington National Opera and The Minnesota Opera

 

Venue:
Academy of Music
240 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

 

Ticket Information:
 

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Phone: 215.732.8400
Online: http://www.operaphila.org/subscribe

 

Single Tickets on sale to the general public August 14, 2013
Phone: 215.893.1018
Online: http://www.operaphila.org/production/nabucco

 

 

28 September 2013

Music and Theatre

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Muti Conducts Verdi's Macbeth 

 

September 28 - October 6, 2013

Chicago

Symphony Center

 

Schedule
Saturday, September 28, 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 1, 7:00pm
Friday, October 4, 7:00pm
Sunday, October 6, 3:00pm

 

Revering Shakespeare above all other playwrights, Giuseppe Verdi based three operas on the Bard's works. His electrifying psychodrama Macbeth was the first, a blood-soaked portrayal of ambition and guilt. Riccardo Muti, the "greatest Verdi conductor of our time" (Chicago Tribune), leads the incomparable Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in this dramatic concert. 

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti conductor 

 

CAST
Dario Solari (baritone) - Macbeth 
Tatiana Serjan (soprano) - Lady Macbeth 
Dmitry Belosselskiy (bass) - Banco
Francesco Meli (tenor) - Macduff
Antonello Ceron (tenor) - Malcolm
Anna Malavasi (mezzo-soprano) - Lady in Waiting
Gianluca Buratto (bass) - Doctor

 

Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe chorus director 

 

Tickets on sale August 16, 2013 at 312-294-3000 or visiting www.cso.org

 

28 September 2013

Music and Theatre

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Opera on the Mall: Nabucco

 

September 28, 2013

Philadelphia

Independence National Historical Park

 

6:00 p.m. pre-show; 7:00 p.m. broadcast

 

Opera Philadelphia will treat thousands of Philadelphians to a free, open-air broadcast of Verdi’s landmark opera, Nabucco, at Independence National Historical Park. The season-opening performance will be broadcast in high definition to a giant outdoor screen, in the shadow of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, marking the third year of Opera Philadelphia’s Opera on the Mall. Register for this free event at operaonthemall.org beginning August 28.

 

28 September 2013

Cinema and Photography

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1912-2013: 101 YEARS OF MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

 

One-day conference celebrating Michelangelo Antonioni’s 101st anniversary. Renowned scholars Murray Pomerance (Ryerson University), Thomas Harrison (UCLA), Fletcher Beasley (CSULB), Mary Ann Carolan (Fairfield University) and Fulvio Orsitto (Cal State Chico) will explore the work of one of the most important masters of modern cinema. The conference will conclude with a screening of the rece

 

September 28, 2013
9:30 am – 5 p.m.

California State University - Long Beach

CSULB, Anatol Center www.csulb.edu

 

Organized by:
The CSULB George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies
In collaboration with: IIC

 

29 September 2013

Art

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Fauno rosso, Roman, II century C.E.  Red marble, 66 inches. Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale – Musei Capitolini
Fauno rosso, Roman, II century C.E.  Red marble, 66 inches. Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale – Musei Capitolini

Dream of Rome: Fauno Rosso

 

June 22 - September 29, 2013

Kansas City

The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

 

A spectacular example of ancient Roman sculpture will be on view for the first time in America at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City from June 22 through Sept. 29, thanks to a new relationship between the city of Rome and the Nelson-Atkins. The Fauno rosso, a red marble sculpture of a satyr, was commissioned by the great Emperor of Rome Hadrian and was most likely sculpted by Aristeas and Papias of Aphrodisias in modern-day Turkey. Pope Benedict XIV Lambertini gave the sculpture to the Capitoline Museums in 1746, and the Capitoline is now lending the sculpture to the Nelson-Atkins.

 

The Fauno rosso is an unkempt creature of the wild, with shaggy hair and goat-like characteristics – pointed ears, a short tail and dewlaps – and he is delighted to raise high a cluster of freshly picked grapes. The Fauno rosso depicts a satyr, follower of Dionysus, the god of wine. The entire sculpture is of red marble, rather than the commonly used white marble, and seems to suggest that the subject is so drunk that his skin has turned into the color of the grapes. To his left is a goat that looks up at him and rests one leg on a wicker basket. The Fauno rosso’s eyes would have been of glass or brilliant stone (the sockets have been hollowed out to receive them) and would have been sparkling with life and energy.

 

“We are delighted to have this arresting masterpiece as it crosses the Atlantic for the first time,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, CEO and Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “The grandeur and the majesty of Kirkwood Hall is the perfect backdrop to appreciate and enjoy this work.” 

The Fauno rosso loan is part of the Dream of Rome, a broad program of exchanges and cultural events between Rome and the United States that was launched, with the support of the Italian Embassy, in Washington, D.C. in 2011. This exhibit is also one of the highlights of 2013 – Year of Italian Culture in the U.S (ITALYinUS2013.org), an initiative launched by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic., showcasing the best of Italy through over 200 events, in more than 50 American cities. The Dream of Rome program now finds support in Enel Green Power, the Italian company devoted to worldwide development of energy generation from renewables, which entered in a partnership with the Capitoline Museums, along with the Knights of Columbus. Through The Dream of Rome, some of Rome’s magnificent masterpieces will be on display in prestigious museums in the U.S. in cities such as Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Boston.

Claudio Parisi Presicce, Director of Capitoline Museums, commented: “We are thrilled and honored of the long-term relationship we are building with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, based on the awareness of the strong and ancient link between the American and the Italian people. Our relationship is just beginning and it appears to be extremely valuable as it will be a harbinger of joint activities and reciprocal cultural exchanges.”

 

Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale – Musei Capitolini.

Sponsors: Enel Green Power North America, Tradewind Energy and Polsinelli

 

The Dream of Rome was born with the close collaboration between Rome and the Catholic service organization Knights of Columbus, and, during the 2013 will be part of the “Year of Italian Culture” in the United States.

 

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing access and insight into its renowned collection of more than 33,500 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, photography, modern sculpture, and new American Indian and Egyptian galleries. Housing a major art research library and the Ford Learning Center, the Museum is a key educational resource for the region. The institution-wide transformation of the Nelson-Atkins has included the 165,000-square-foot Bloch Building expansion and renovation of the original 1933 Nelson-Atkins Building.
 

The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO. Hours are Wednesday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thursday/Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon–5 p.m. Admission to the museum is free to everyone. For museum information, phone 816.751.1ART, or visit www.nelson-atkins.org.

 

29 September 2013

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Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome

 

The exhibition celebrates Sicilian culture of the fifth to third centuries B.C., when its art, architecture, theater, poetry, philosophy, and science left an original and enduring stamp on both mainland Greece and Rome

 

April 3 – August 19, 2013
September 29 - January 5, 2013

Los Angeles, Getty Museum
Cleveland, Museum of Art

 

Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome: a fascinating journey through the marvels of Magna Grecia with masterpieces dating from the most splendid period of Greek colonies in Sicily: the piece most anxiously awaited by the U.S. public, the Efebo of Mozia, dates back to precisely this period.

 

Sicily: Art and Invention Between Greece and Rome is a celebration of Sicilian culture – art, architecture, theater, poetry, philosophy and science – in the period between V-III A.C. A crucial period in the history of the Mediterranean, the ancient Greek colonies like Syracuse, Gela, Agrigento, and Selinos quickly developed into prosperous City-States, with a bourgeoning activity of experimentation and innovation. More than 150 objects testify to military and athletic victories, religious and civil rituals, the opulence of Sicilian life, and the intellectual achievements that shaped classic Rome and Greece.
The Efebo di Mozia, large marble statue preserved at the Whitaker museum in Mozia is one of the most highly awaited works of art from Italy, Sicily in particular, that is scheduled to arrive in the United States.
Likely brought to Mozia by Carthaginians after they sacked Selinos in 409 AC, the statue is of a male figure without arms and feet, and the presence of pivots on the face area suggests that it once had a head covering. The right arm was likely raised toward the air while the left one was curved inward with the hand resting on the hip. The long tunic, clinched by a belt at chest level accentuates the masculine physique and musculature.
Although identification has not been confirmed, the most credible theory is that the sculpture depicts a victorious athlete, a charioteer or carriage driver perhaps.

 

30 September 2013

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Workshop APP – CLIQ

 

Workshop between CLIQ (Quality Certification of Italian language) Association, College Board representatives and the Observatory of Italian language in order to link the AP exam to the CLIQ certification

 

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30 September 2013

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Footprints of Pisa in Sardinia: Exchanging Ideas for Shared Advancements in Technology

 

This lecture will explore the means by which two regions may evaluate and enhance their environments scientifically and technologically

 

September 2013

New York

Italian Cultural Institute

 

Professor Massimo Bergamasco and the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PERCRO) of the internationally acclaimed Scuola Sant’Anna of Pisa have collaborated to create an “information landscape” using materials from the photographic campaign of Professor Giovanni Padroni. This project seeks to highlight the very unique and collaborative relationship between Pisa and Sardinia, one in which both parties recognize their mutual interest in the conservation of their shared Italian history (particularly their monuments and structures), and their similar approaches to battling the elements of time, environmental changes, and the effects of public interaction, among other things. Various architectural structures, from military works to over 200 churches in Pisa, are a testament to the mutual commitment of these two regions to the conservation of art and technology. In this “information landscape”, Professor Padroni’s images are transformed into three-dimensional forms that compel the viewer to take on a reactionary role in this spatially dynamic project.

 

The technological innovations of PERCRO of the Scuola Sant’Anna have already been utilized in a fruitful collaboration with the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo of Pisa, in which virtual experiences have been created to benefit blind visitors and enhance their ability to enjoy the wonders of Italian art and architecture.

 

30 September 2013

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FindItalian

 

Application for tablets and smartphones to locate Centers, Institutes, Schools, Universities and American and Italian Committees of the Dante Alighieri Society where Italian language courses are being offered

 

2013

Online

 

Società Dante Alighieri

Founded in 1889 by a group of intellectuals guided by Giosue Carducci, for over a century the Dante Alighieri Society has upheld and promulgated Italian language, art and culture both in Italy and abroad, through an articulated information and dissemination network that encompasses all continents.

Africa, America, Europe, Asia and Oceania can count on the tireless activities of the many branches of the Società Dante Alighieri, not just through its language courses, but also in the numerous and diverse cultural events organised for thousands of members and students with a passion for our Italian heritage and eager to discover it in all its facets; from fine art to music, sports, film, theatre, fashion – and literature.

 

Dante Alighieri Italian schools in US and Italy:

Click to see the map and find info about locations and courses

 

30 September 2013

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Giovanni Battista Falda, Pianta di Roma, 1676

Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome

 

The Carlos Museum presents an extraordinary journey to Rome through an exciting exhibition on the representations of the Eternal City. Maps, views, and books on Rome by great masters of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries offer a unique experience of the city offer a unique experience of the citymasters from the Glasgow Museum

 

August 24 - November 17, 2013

Atlanta

Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University

 

Over 130 works of art will be showcased in three major sections—Antichità, Teatro, and Magnificenza. Antichità includes the Antiquae urbis imago, Pirro Ligorio’s 1561 reconstruction of the ancient city, as the focal point of antiquarian interests during the Italian Renaissance of the sixteenth-century.

 

Antiquarians of the Renaissance were humanist scholars who sought to reconstruct Rome as it was in antiquity. The images show monuments that have been restored, healed of the ravages of time.

The Teatro of the seventeenth-century, the second section of the exhibition, is anchored by an impression of Giovanni Battista Falda’s 1676 Nuova pianta. Through his spectacular map and many detailed views, Falda shows us modern Rome as rebuilt by the popes.

The Magnificenza of the eighteenth-century includes Giovanni Battista Nolli’s Pianta grande and Giuseppe Vasi’s Prospetto dell’alma città di Roma. In this section of the exhibition there are three types of representations by three designers. Nolli’s map is an example of the rational, scientific thinking of the Enlightenment. Vasi makes an encyclopedic collection of views of Rome. Giovanni Battista Piranesi takes an archaeological interest in the city, creating strikingly dramatic, imaginative views of the ancient monuments.

 

The exhibition presents exquisite architectural details, cartographic accuracy, pictorial beauty, and bold representations of Rome.

 

More info on: http://www.carlos.emory.edu/content/renaissance-and-baroque-images-rome