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Unexpected Italian itineraries: Valle D'Aosta

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Unexpected Italian itineraries: Valle D'Aosta

 

The parks and forts of the lower valley

 

One of the smallest regions of Italy, Valle d’Aosta offers visitors incomparable mountain scenery. Most tourists go towards Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso, Monte Rosa or the Matterhorn, scenic peaks that surpass 4000 meters. And yet, there is so much more to discover, especially in the lower valley, which is rarely visited by the general public. For example, there is the great Forte di Bard (Fort Bard), a masterpiece of military engineering that is now the site of an excellent museum; and the Monte Avic Regional Park, less well-known than the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso (Gran Paradiso National Park) but just as fascinating for its variety of fauna, the walks in solitude, and the welcome offered in the rifugi (mountain huts).

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Unexpected Italian itineraries: Molise

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Unexpected Italian itineraries: Molise

 

The bells of Agnone

 

Raise your hand if you know of Molise. Squeezed between Abruzzo, Lazio and Puglia, the small territory does not boast indisputable masterpieces or elements of great acclaim like the bordering regions. But it is precisely for this reason that it is entirely worth discovering: in its towns that are certified with the Orange Flag, Touring Club Italiano’s quality seal, and enlivened by events and performances; in its Romanesque churches that offer just as much as other more famous churches; along its coastline of pristine beaches dotted with trabucco, ancient fishing tools. And then, there’s that unique place of Agnone, the only town in Italy famous for its bells. Come hear them with us!

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02 November 2013

Cinema and Photography

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NEW YORK GIORNATE TORINESI - TORINO IDEAS, Cinema

 

Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino - Restored films selection

 

October 31 - November 2

New York

MoMA

 

In the framework of the 11th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation, two Francesco Rosi films restored by the Museo Nazionale del Cinema of Torino are shown.
 
October 31 - 7.30 p.m.
Lucky Luciano
 
November 1 - 7.30 p.m.
I Magliari

 

In the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, Torino introduces itself – for the second time in a few months – to the Big Apple. Contemporary art, cinema, theatre, design: together with its cultural institutions Torino offers to the American audience an unprecedented Self-portrait.

 

For over a century Torino had been a town with a manufacturing, productive, industrial character. A proper factory town, one of the driving forces of the Italian economic and industrial growth. During these last fifteen years, however, even Torino had to face the changing scenarios of globalization.

 

The path that transformed the city thus started. Now Torino continues to be an important industrial city, but it is much more than this. It is a financial centre being the birthplace of the two main Italian banking groups. It is an important research, innovation and technology pole. It is an academic city with two first-level universities and 100,000 students, 15 % of them being foreigners. It is a capital of culture making cultural investment one of the moods of its identity, becoming the Italian city that nowadays has the widest cultural offer. The consequence of such commitment is the growth of Torino as a tourist destination.

 

The citizens of New York now have the possibility to appreciate the richness and the quality of the cultural institutions of Torino and to get a new image of our City, which confirms that our Country is turning culture more and more into a winning asset .

 

For these reasons I would like, from a personal point of view and on behalf of the city that I represent, to deeply thank the Italian Embassy, the Consulate General and the Italian Cultural Institute in New York as well as our American partner institutions.

 

We thank you and wait for you in Torino where we are looking forward to giving you a friendly and warm welcome .

 

Piero Fassino

Mayor of Torino

 

02 November 2013

Art

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Giorgio Milani : “POETARI E FROTTAGE”

 

November 2, 2013 - January 6, 2014

NEW YORK

CONSULATE GENERAL OF ITALY

 

The exhibition "Poetari and Frottage" by artist Giorgio Milani, which opens on November 2 at the Consulate General of Italy in New York, brings together a series of works made with the technique of "frottage", so-called Poetari, and a sculpture in the shape of a tower representing a "babel" that the artist wanted to dedicate to the city of New York. The initiative dedicated to the works of Milani, was realized with the support of Ferrero USA.

 

The Poetari that characterize the current production of Giorgio Milani are the result of a process that began in the mid sixties and spread to the whole next two decades in the study of the relationship between image and writing.
The exhibition brings together a series of works made with the technique of " frottage " , so-called Poetari , and a sculpture in the shape of a tower representing a " babel " that the artist wanted to dedicate to the city of New York. These works highlight the technique of the artist who is inspired by the characters and letters that Gutenberg created more than 500 years ago, transforming them into a series of works of great charm and beauty.
The exhibition for which the curator, the renown art critic Philippe Daverio, helped create an interesting preface, puts at the center of the scene the language of the letter and in particular the transformation into objects of high artistic value, of Gutenberg's movable type , an innovation that, according to Davenport, can be considered one of the most important inventions of all time, comparable to the information science revolution taking place in the last decade .
The works of Giorgio Milani, which bring the essential tool for writing ( the character, the letter ) and the product of a fundamental technological innovation of the past into contemporary art are ideal for representing a deeper meaning of the Year of Italian Culture in the U.S. which is interdisciplinary and future-oriented.

 

Unexpected Italian itineraries: Campania

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Unexpected Italian itineraries: Campania

 

Naples beyond stereotype

 

Naples. There is perhaps no city more complicated to describe, visit and explore. Beyond the events in the news, the die-hard stereotypes, the fears that worry every tourist about to arrive... And yet Naples is an explosion of life, art, and surprises around every corner. You can see it in the fantastic religious creations, from the treasure of San Gennaro to the monuments opened by Volunteers of Touring Club Italiano; the superb craftsmanship, which is the feather in the cap of all of Italy and the fruit of ancient tradition and experience; the incredible underground labyrinth of alleyways and tunnels, a veritable underground city. Leave your preconceptions at home, use a little attention, and be surprised: that’s just the right recipe for experiencing Naples.

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05 November 2013

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THE BEST OF MILAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

The best movies awarded during the 2013 edition of the Festival are showcased in Los Angeles. The MIFF Awards, committed to the promotion of high quality independent cinema, is an international exhibition which takes place every May in Milan. Los Angeles will host the screening of the winning films, and the Hollywood Audience Award ceremony. Special guest costume designer Milena Canonero, winner

 

November 5, 2013

Los Angeles

 

Organized by:
Made in Milan
In collaboration with: IIC

 

07 November 2013

Music and Theatre

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Verdi's Requiem Today

 

With the Coral Arts Society of Washington

 

November 7, 7PM

Washington DC

Embassy of Italy

 

Choral Arts Artistic Director Scott Tucker and Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Norman Scribner, together with video producer Bonnie Nelson Schwartz, will preview and discuss their upcoming November 10th performance of the Verdi Requiem, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Musical excerpts from the Verdi will feature soloists Jonita Lattimore and Patrick O’Halloran. .

200 years after Verdi’s birthday and 50 years from JF Kennedy’s assassination, the Choral Arts Society of Washington presents Legacy and Life: A Musical and Visual Reflection. It begins with American composer Steven Stucky’s Take Him, Earth, written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Stucky used texts associated with Kennedy from Aeschylus, Prudentius, and Shakespeare, to realize a musical eulogy meant to be a universal expression of the human condition. The concert continues with Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, featuring visual imagery. Photographs and film of Kennedy and his family, events of the times, and images of November 22, 1963 in Dallas will alternate with texts relevant to Kennedy and real-time moments of the concert. This visual and musical collage places this masterwork in a contemporary context, and commemorates the life and legacy of Kennedy.

Legacy and Life: A Musical and Visual Reflection will take place on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 4PM
LOCATION: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington DC
MORE INFO: http://choralsrts.com or 202.244.3669

 

Scott Tucker was appointed Artistic Director of Choral Arts in April 2012. His 2012-2013 Choral Arts debuts, including preparing the chorus, programming concerts, and conducting, were lauded by critics and audiences as well as the Choral Arts Chorus and other seasoned artists. During last season, he prepared the Choral Arts Chorus for performances with Christoph Eschenbach and Emil de Cou. In addition to conducting several Choral Arts concerts, he led the Brahms Requiem for the New Dominion Chorale’s D.C. Summer Sing. Previously he was the P. E. Browning Director of Choral Music at Cornell University for 17 years.

 

 

08 November 2013

Italian Language and Literature

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Machiavelli, Machiavellism and European Political Landscape

 

On the 500 years anniversary of “The Prince” by Machiavelli, the Italian Consulate General in Boston and Emmanuel College will organize a series of seminars dedicated to the Italian politician, philosopher diplomat and thinker and his influence as a Renaissance humanist in the European political landscape of the past and of today

 

November 8, 2013

Boston

Library Lecture Hall, Emmanuel College 

 

Professor Maurizio Viroli from Princeton University will be one of the speakers at the seminar on at the Emmanuel College entitled “The Prince and the Redeemer”.

 

According to Professor Viroli, Niccolò Machiavelli wrote The Prince to design and invoke a redeemer of Italy capable of creating, with God’s help, new and good political orders thereby attaining perennial glory. The meaning of Machiavelli’s most famous or infamous work – the meaning in the sense of what Machiavelli intended above all to teach - is to be found in the last chapter, the ‘Exhortation to liberate Italy from the barbarians’ where he creates with a stroke of political imagination of the finest kind, the myth of the redeemer. This myth sheds the right light on the entire work, and above all on the most controversial themes of The Prince: political ethics, the virtues of the prince, military matters, the role of fortune and God on political affairs. An oration on the redeemer, this is what the Prince is.

The interpretation of the Prince as an oration on the redeemer sheds a different light on yet another much debated issue in the Machiavellian scholarship, namely the compatibility of The Prince and the Discourses. A founder and a redeemer is necessary both for republics and kingdoms. In both cases they must have extraordinary authority, display exactly the same virtues and face the necessity of entering in evil. Machiavelli’s Prince is indeed the “book of republicans”. Not in the sense that it reveals the horrible vices of the prince and instills in the readers the hatred for monarchy, as Rousseau believed, but in the sense that it delineates the image of the founder and redeemer that republican political theory needs. Unless we are prepared to believe that good republics come into existence, remain alive, and are reformed, when they need to be, only through the wisdom and the active participation of the citizens, we must accept the view that republics need great political leaders. The Prince is about great political leadership, the leadership of founders and redeemers. Hence, it is not a problematic alternative to the Discourses, but a fine integration to it. Together they make a fine theory of political emancipation.

 

08 November 2013

Music and Theatre

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Invisible cities. An Invisible Opera based on the Novel by Italo Calvino

 

Libretto and music by Christopher Cerrone Director: Yuval Sharon Conductor: Marc Lowenstein Choreographer: Danielle Agami Lead Sound Design: E. Martin Gimenez

 

October 5, 2013, Los Angeles, IIC
October 18 – November 8, 2013, Union Station, Downtwon Los Angeles
Preview at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles on October 6

Los Angeles

Union Station

 

A preview event will be held at the Italian Cultural Institute featuring the creators of the opera to discuss it and bring Calvino’s vision to life. Produced by The Industry, in collaboration with Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project.

 

Based on Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities, the opera will be performed in LA’s historic Union Station. The singers and dancers will be interweaving invisibly among the everyday life of the station, and the audience will stay connected to the production through wireless headphones.

 

October 5

IIC, 7:30 p.m.

 

Preceded by a special performance at the IIC, which will introduce

the audience to this new musical adventure.

Produced by: The Industry and LA Dance Project

Sound powered by: Sennheiser Electronics

 

In collaboration with: IIC

www.theindustryla.org

 

09 November 2013

Music and Theatre

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Giuseppe Verdi’s Bicentennial

 

Events and the staging of "Falstaff" to celebrate the composer's 200th birthday

 

November 9, 13, 16, 21, 24 - December 1, 2013

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Opera

 

The Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute will present a series of events to celebrate Giuseppe Verdi’s bicentennial, in conjunction with LA Opera’s Falstaff, including the unveiling of a bronze bust of Giuseppe Verdi, based on the famous portrait by Giovanni Boldini, and cast for this special occasion by the master craftsmen of the Florentine artistic foundry Fonderia Marinelli.

 

In honor of Verdi’s 200th birthday, LA Opera presents the crowning glory of the composer’s magnificent career, his comic masterpiece Falstaff.
LA Opera Music Director James Conlon, praised internationally for his mastery of Verdi, conducts this unabashed celebration of Merrie Olde England’s lusty days and bawdy nights, starring Italian baritone Roberto Frontali. When Shakespeare’s portly knight of Windsor hatches a plot to improve his love life by courting two different married women, he launches a flood of comic chaos and romantic misadventure. In addition to Roberto Frontali as Sir John Falstaff, cast includes acclaimed singers Carmen Giannattasio as Alice Ford and Marco Caria as Ford.

Originally a co-production between the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London), the Teatro Comunale (Florence) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

09 November 2013

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The art of melting – Tuscan craftmanship 

 

An exhibit of bronzes produced by the Marinelli foundry, a reproduction of casts taken from original works by artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Gianbologna. Lectures by Pina Ragionieri, Director of the Casa Buonarroti and by Ferdinando Marinelli, owner of the Foundry 

 

October 19 – November 9, 2013

Los Angeles

Italian Cultural Institute 

 

09 November 2013

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ONE DAY IN POMPEII

 

November 9, 2013 - April 27, 2014

Philadelphia

Franklin Institute

 

 
From November 9 through April 27, 2014 the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia hosts One Day in Pompeii, a special exhibition that features over 150 precious artifacts on loan from the unparalleled collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, many of which will make their North American debut at this prestigious Museum. As the floors shake and the walls rumble, visitors can relive the volcano’s catastrophic eruption through an immersive computer-generated imagery experience, and witness the devastation left in its path.

 

In the year 79, Pompeii vanished beneath thick layers of volcanic ash left by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. But what nature destroyed, it also preserved. One Day in Pompeii features over 150 precious artifacts, including wall-sized frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins, and full body casts of the volcano's victims.

These artifacts offer an insider's glimpse into the daily life - and tragic end - of this Ancient Roman city: from helmets and shin guards of the day's Gladiators to currency, from religious altars and shrines to statues and frescoes, all set in their original surroundings.

As the floors shake and the walls rumble, visitors can relive the volcano’s catastrophic eruption through an immersive computer-generated imagery experience, and witness the devastation left in its path. Excavations began more than 250 years ago and over time archaeologists have uncovered a unique record of its daily life - roads, buildings, municipal services, paintings, mosaics, artifacts, and even preserved bodies. Ongoing excavations at the site provide an ever-evolving picture of everyday life at the height of the Roman Empire. 

Open from November 9 through April 27, 2014, this special exhibition is part of the Year of Italian Culture. During these months, the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia collaborates with the Franklin Institute as well as the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology with several additional events, including lectures, films, wine tasting – events to be held inside the Museum itself.

The Franklin Institute is located on 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 tel. 215.448.1200 

Website:  http://www.fi2.edu/pompeii

 

10 November 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 November 2013

Next Generation

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ISSNAF Award for the Humanities

 

Prizes for under 40 Italian researchers in North America in the fields of Social History, Intellectual History, Art in connection with the relationships Italy-North America. Winners receive the Medaglia di Rappresentanza of the President of the Italian Republic and a publication contract.

 

November, 2013

New York, Istituto Italiano di Cultura

 

 

 

10 November 2013

Italian Brand and Design

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Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Series

 

The Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia Series brings to America the ultimate expertise in productions of a true “Italian” cycling experience. Gran Fondos are long distance, mass-participation cycling events – not races – that are immensely popular in Italy, open to recreational and competitive amateur cyclists

 

May 5, New York
June 2, Pasadena
November 10, Miami

New York, Pasadena, Miami

 

Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia is a worldwide series organized by RCS Sport, owner of high-quality sporting events including the Giro d’Italia, Milano – Sanremo, Il Lombardia (ex Giro di Lombardia), Tirreno – Adriatico, Strade Bianche by Limar (White Roads); the Milano City Marathon; Italian Open; advisor to the national Soccer Team, and to the Inter Football Club; advisor of the Basketball Italian Federation and organizer of major events of the Lega Basket “Serie A”; in collaboration with the SDA Bocconi School of Management, RCS is also organizer of the Sport Business Academy. The Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia aims to connect cycling fans to the mystique of the Giro, hence growing the appreciation of Giro d'Italia in the world.

 

Gran Fondo Giro d’Italia events are characterized by breathtaking scenic courses, timed climbs and trail challenges that impart an atmosphere typically reserved for professional races, all in a fun “Italian style” environment that brings out the best of this sport. They also include a consumer expo, well-stocked aid stations, mobile tech support, and a festive pasta party.

 

Event website: www.gfgiro.com

 

10 November 2013

Music and Theatre

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"Sleeping Beauty"

 

A puppet adaptation of Perrault’s fairy tale with the music by Tchaikovsky, perfomed by the renowned Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company 

 

November 1, 2013 - November 10, 2013

New York at The New Victory Theater
Boston, Paramount Center Mainstage

U.S. Premiere at The New Victory Theater
NewVictory.org - 646.223.3010

 

The Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company/Grupporiani Association is organising a tour in some of the main cities of the United States in order to promote the Italian culture through one of the most interesting examples of theatrical expression, typical of our tradition. The artistic project refers to the tale of "Sleeping Beauty" with Tchaikovsky's music, one of our most successful plays.

 

The Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company has been working for more than two centuries in the theatrical field and is actually one of the oldest groups still in activity.

As the company declares:

"The aim of the USA tour is not only to present one of the most significant plays oftheir repertoire but also to advance the knowledge of a theatrical tradition dating back to more than two centuries ago. This tradition has been, and is still today, an expression of the Italian culture and of the historical and social development of our country. Its progression alongside two hundred years of Italian history combines the theatrical component and the handmade work, whose specific techniques are now used in our laboratories (sculpture, carpentry, tailoring, scenography, hairdressing, etc.) for the productions of the new shows and are themselves part of the Immaterial Cultural Heritage.

Why “Sleeping Beauty"? Because of our attachment to fairy tales, those told in books and those that are inside each one of us, where time and space do not exist, where good and evil are determined and circumscribed, not fluctuating and inscrutable as in real life; and where harmony always triumphs. Besides, we want to visually celebrate a literary genre that was created for adults and over time was unfairly restricted to the world of infancy for an erroneous and widespread conviction that confuses the taste for "narration" with the fantastic appeal to children's imagination.

The choice of "Sleeping Beauty" echoes one of the most significant features of our program: the fact that it is directed to audiences of all ages, from young to adult and even to elderly people. At the same time, it shows that our repertoire blends together 19th century themes and stories staged in recent years with equal dignity, communicative ability, and expressiveness."

 

10 November 2013

Music and Theatre

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Choral Arts presents Legacy and Life. A Musical and Visual Reflection

 

November 10, 2013

Washington DC

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem
Steven Stucky: Take Him, Earth

concert starts at 4:00pm

 

Choral Arts opens the 2013-2014 season with the commemoration of two milestones: the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi and the 50th year since John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Legacy and Life begins with the East Coast premiere of Pultizer Prize Winning composer Steven Stucky’s Take Him, Earth. Texts by Prudentius, Aeschylus, and Shakespeare express the universality of the human condition.


Take Him, Earth, written to commemorate Kennedy’s passing is followed by Verdi’s Requiem. The Requiem is enhanced with visual images honoring the life and legacy of Kennedy. This enhancement places this masterwork in a contemporary context, challenging us to think about how the legacies we want to leave impact the actions of our daily lives.

 

ARTISTS

Scott Tucker, conductor

Bonnie Nelson Schwartz, visual producer

The Choral Arts Chorus and Orchestra

 

For more info: 

http://www.choralarts.org/2013002D2014/Legacy-and-Life.aspx

 

11 November 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.

 

 

 

11 November 2013

Science and Technology

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ISSNAF – Mentorship Lectures

 

Lectures by distinguished personalities addressed to young researchers

 

March 14, 2013
April, 2013
May, 2013
October 28-29, 2013
November 11, 2013
 

Academic Institutions in the Unites States

 

Conducted by renowned Italian researchers and scholars working in North America, ISSNAF Mentorship Lectures are primarily targeted to younger researchers to share the personal and professional experience of great Italian talents.
Lectures for 2013:
Pietro de Camilli: Yale University School of Medicine, March 14
Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli: Caltech, April
Mario Strazzabosco: Seattle, May
Riccardo Giacconi: Washington DC, October 28
Camillo Ricordi: Washington DC, October 29
Napoleone Ferrara: Cernobbio, November 11

 

Young ISSNAF - the largest network of academics and researchers Italian under 40 in North America - organizes lectures whose purpose is to allow more junior researchers in Italy and North America to share the personal and professional experience of great Italian talents. Mentorship Lectures are a keystone of the wider Young ISSNAF Mentorship Program.

Following the notable lectures held in 2012 by Prof. Mauro Ferrari (Methodist, Houston) and Professor Guido Calabresi (Yale), in 2013 ten lectures will be held by the most famous protagonists of the Italian academic and scientific research in North America.

The events will be hosted by the most prestigious academic institutions in the United States or Italian cultural and diplomatic venues.
The recordings of the events will be posted on www.issnaf.org

ISSNAF (Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation) is a 501c(3) not-for- profit organisation whose mission is to promote scientific, academic and technological cooperation amongst Italian researchers and scholars active in North America and the world of research in Italy.
The Foundation serves as a bridge across the Atlantic, promoteing and encouraging the bi-lateral flow of knowledge and skills.

More information about the Foundation can be found visiting www.issnaf.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 November 2013

Music and Theatre

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UNA FESTA EBRAICA

 

November 12, 2013

Philadelphia

VAN PELT LIBRARY, University of Pennsylvania

 

“Una festa ebraica” is an event composed of a lecture, a reception and a concert with some dances. Europe-based Lucidarium Ensemble (most of the musicians and dancers are actually Italians) will be performing 15th and 16th century music and songs in Italian, Yiddish and Hebrew. This event is sponsored by the Joseph Alexander Foundation & the Mackler Family and co-sponsored by the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and the Consulate General of Italy  in Philadelphia.

 

Lucidarium is an ensemble specializing in medieval and Renaissance music. Among its musicians there are Gloria Moretti (voice), Avery Gosfield (recorders, double flute, pipe and tabor), Marco Ferrari (recorders, double flute, shawm, bagpipe, dulcian), Francis Biggi (cetra, colascione, lute, viola da mano), Massimiliano Dragoni (percussion, hammer, dulcimer); Elisabetta Benfenati (Renaissance guitar); Bruna Gondoni and Marco Bendoni (Renaissance dance).

Each program is the fruit of a long period of research and preparation in various fields, resulting in a different sonority: a vivacious combination of voices and instruments with the freedom in execution which comes from a solid knowledge of musical style and historical background. Although the research for the various projects is the responsibility of its two directors (Avery Gosfield and Francis Biggi), each musician is fully involved in the research. From its founding, the combination of meticulous preparation, joyful improvisation, and energetic music-making has brought both popular and critical acclaim to the ensemble.

This event takes place on November 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm Lecture on the “soundscape” of the Jews in Renaissance Italy and Europe and reception; 7:00 pm a performance of Early Modern Jewish Music (from 15th and 16th century) with songs in Italian, Yiddish and Hebrew as well as some Renaissance dances. At Van Pelt Library (University of Pennsylvania); sponsored by the Joseph Alexander Foundation and the Mackler Family; co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, and the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia.

It is free and open to public. No RSVP necessary. For information, contact jsp-info@sas.upenn.edu. This event is also part of the Jewish Studies Program’s 28th Annual Joseph Alexander Colloquium.

LOCATION: VAN PELT LIBRARY University of Pennsylvania

6th Floor Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

 

12 November 2013

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Niccolò Machiavelli: The Prince and its Era. 1513-2013

 

November 12 - 27, 2013

Washington DC

Embassy of Italy

 

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the composition of The Prince, this exhibit explores the essential role Niccolò Machiavelli has played in the history of modern political thought, his influence on generations of politicians and intellectuals as well as on popular culture.

Organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism.
An initiative of the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana founded by Giovanni Treccani.

Organization and Production of the Exhibition: Comunicare Organizzando

This exhibition is conceived as a journey both in time and space. It starts in the Renaissance —placing Machiavelli and his work in their historical context — then reaches the modern day —illustrating the different ways the writer and his masterwork have been seen up to today.  It does not intend to offer a definitive or "correct" interpretation of The Prince and its author; rather, it allows visitors to linger on the fascinating facts behind and around this short treaty and to have a glimpse of its persisting presence in our own time.

The exhibition is divided into four sections:

Machiavelli and his historical context
The Prince
Fortune and Diffusion of The Prince
“Uses” and “Abuses” of Machiavelli and The Prince

It features documents, books, paintings, costumes, videos, manuscripts, and objects which explore not only Machiavelli’s life and some cultural and historical events of his era, but also the impact he has had on popular culture, becoming the star of video games, comic books and much more.

 

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY:

November 12-27, 2013
(Monday to Friday from 10am-12/2pm-4pm)
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EXIBIT SECTIONS:

Machiavelli and his times. This section outlines the historical context in which Macchiavelli lived, noting the major events and contemporaries of the period.

The Prince. The centerpiece of the exhibition, this section is dedicated to the celebrated treatise and displays the most important and influential editions and prints, from one of the nineteen manuscript codices that still exist in the world and the first print edition, 1532 Florence, published after Machiavelli’s death by Bernardo Giunta and today conserved at the Biblioteca Augusta in Perugia. One part of this section is dedicated to the major translations of The Prince in various languages. The print and art works are introduced in an inspiring video by Pierfrancesco Favino who reads the letter that Niccolò Macchiavelli wrote to Francesco Vettore on 10 December 1513 announcing that he had composed the celebrated treatise.

The Prince-its fortune and dissemination. The purpose of this section is to evidence how The Prince has come down to us over history, through observations over time, collector’s editions and contemporary translations, but also in plagiarized and manipulated versions.

Machiavelli and our times: uses and abuses. This section is dedicated to uses and abuses of the treatise. Table games, videogames, stamps, postcards, and marketing manuals inspired by Machiavellian ‘theory’. This part is intended to evidence how the finest political mind in contemporary culture has influenced various fields of political thought. In fact, the exhibition will display paintings, medals, stamps, ancient manuscripts and incunabula, alongside table and parlor games, postcards, vinyl records, as well as very bizarre and peculiar Machiavellian paraphernalia. Machiavelli, who was an irreverent spirit but mainly a great innovator, would probably have appreciated this type of corruption and would not have felt at all offended to see his own name or that of his masterpiece linked to a package of cigarettes, a musical group, or a child’s puppet.

 

13 November 2013

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Opera and Naples

 

November 13, 7PM

Washington DC

Embassy of Italy Auditorium

 

Lecture and concert

 

In his book Opera, Theatrical Culture, and Society in Late Eighteenth-Century Naples, Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera, 2012, Anthony R. DelDonna provides a rich study of operatic culture in the Kingdom of Naples in the period of 1775-1800. The book demonstrates how contemporary stage traditions, stimulated by the Enlightenment, engaged with and responded to the changing social, political and artistic contexts of the late eighteenth century in Naples. It focuses on select yet representative compositions from different genres of opera that illuminate the diverse contemporary cultural forces shaping these works and underlining the continued innovation and European recognition of operatic culture in Naples. It also defines how the cultural milieu of Naples -aristocratic and sacred, private and public - exercises a profound yet idiosyncratic influence on the repertory studied, the creation of which could not have occurred elsewhere on the Continent.

The book will be discussed by Anthony R. DelDonna, Associate Professor, Georgetown University, and Pierpaolo Polzonetti, Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame.

Selections from Debora e Sisara (1788); Music by Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi and libretto by Carlo Sernicola:

Sinfonia Tempesta
Scena decima: Coro, "Con preghi affrettisi"
Scena decima: Marcia, e coro, "Dagli affanni"
Scena ultima: Coro con soli, "Quanto a te dobbiam"
Scena Ultima: Aria con coro, "Non ha cor"
 

Performers
Pierpaolo Polzonetti
Debora e Sisara - Synopsis
Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi
Carlo Sernicola

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13 November 2013

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Tribute to Giuseppe Verdi

 

The exhibition includes  essays of artists such as Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli, Pierluigi Pizzi, Danilo Donati, Nicola Benois, just to name a few, who with their talent have translated visually, historical contexts, places, characters, that the musical genius of Giuseppe Verdi, had wonderfully described through its sublime and immortal music.

 

November 13 to December 5, 2013

New York, IIC

 

On the occasion of the bicentenary of his birth

 

Melodrama is, without a doubt, one of the most important identity elements of the Italian cultural heritage. This kind of show, born in Italy over four years ago, has become so widespread and deeply rooted in the world, to become the highest and most complex expression of musical theater. The opera development and creative research has also allowed the consequent creation of two other essential components: the place to act representation, by which the realization of the theaters so-called all’ italiana, and the method of putting into production, which allow execution.
   The feature that may have caused the luck of the melodrama is certainly linked to the fact that it brings together, in a unique example of extraordinary emotional impact, all forms of art, such as music, dance, singing, acting, figurative art for scenery and costume design. In more recent times the lighting and directing. The artistically and technologically advance of each card of this fantastic mosaic, enabled the birth of many new crafts and skills, which in turn have been the driving force in the establishment of schools that brewed professionally operators.
   The Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, as part of its centuries-old activity, was able to make use of the creative collaboration of set and costume designers of international renown, whose works form a gigantic iconographic heritage, artistic and highly relevant documents. The Historical Archives, which preserves this precious collection, promoting awareness and dissemination, has selected sketches and costumes, designed for the masterpieces of Verdi performed at the Teatro dell'Opera, during the last century.
 

 

14 November 2013

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LA TRAVIATA

 

Dance and opera merge in Traviata, the first of a three-chapter project presented by the world-renowned dance company Artemis Danza, and inspired by Giuseppe Verdi’s operas. The dancer’s body becomes the instrument to translate, enhance, and transform the evocative power of Verdi’s opera and music.

 

November 14th, 2013

Chicago

Logan Center for the Arts (University of Chicago)

 

Dance and opera merge in Traviata, the first of a three-chapter project presented by the world-renowned dance company Artemis Danza, and inspired by Giuseppe Verdi’s operas. The dancer’s body becomes the instrument to translate, enhance, and transform the evocative power of Verdi’s opera and music.

Through the vigorous and energetic gestures that always characterize Artemis Danza’s language, the dancer' body absorbs the passion, the pain, and the dramatic ending of Violetta and Alfredo’s story.

In 2013, on the occasion of the bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth and of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, Artemis Danza has organized a tour of the successful first chapter of Traviata project, with only 2 stops in the United States.

Presented by Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

 

 

15 November 2013

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Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

 

Opera in the Heights presents Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Lambert Hall in the Houston Heights.  Marvel at the voices and laugh at Don Pasquale as he makes a fool of himself for love!

 

November 15, 16, 17 (m), 21,22,23,24 (m), 2013

Houston, Texas

Opera in the Heights, 1703 Heights Boulevard

 

When Don Pasquale’s nephew Ernesto refuses his uncle’s selection of a bride, he decides to disinherit him and produce another heir to his fortune himself. When the old bachelor begins searching for a young wife, Ernesto, his girlfriend Norina, and Don Pasquale’s friend Dr. Malatesta conspire to teach Don Pasquale a lesson and to thwart his efforts to marry. So begins this comic opera which is full of fun and the incomparably tuneful and evocative music of Donizetti, a master of the bel canto style.

 

Opera in the Heights performs in an intimate theatre that seats only 300 people. Outstanding young singers and a live orchestra bring each opera to life in the intimate Lambert Hall.

 

Conductor.        Enrique Carreón-Robledo

Stage Director.  David Ward

Don Pasquale.              Carlos Conde

Norina.             Julia Engel                Katie Dixon 

Ernesto.            Eric Bowden

Malatesta.        Wesley Landry        Octavio Moreno

 

 

The opera will be sung in Italian with English surtitles projected above the stage.

 

15 November 2013

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WORLD YOUTH ORCHESTRA 

 

The World Youth Orchestra, born 12 years ago, is dedicated to the younger generations of Italian and American musicians, and to the great musical tradition of the two countries. The aim is to build partnerships and networks capable of generating and sustaining durable exchanges and cooperation.

 

November 15 and 16, 2013

Washington DC, Embassy of Italy, Nov 15
Philadelphia, Rock Hall Temple University, Nov 16

 

The Project, which has been for years an incubator for young talented people from Italy and all around the world, will take place in the “Year of Italian Culture in the USA”.

 

The World Youth Orchestra only for strings is formed by fourteen young musicians (7 Italians and 7 Americans) who have been selected through auditions to be part of the WYO foundation. The musicians come from the most prestigious music schools  in Italy and in the USA. In particular, the American musicians come from the Curtis Institute (Philadelphia), and Juilliard School (New York).

 

The project includes 5 days of Open Rehearsal in Washington DC at the public school Columbia Height Educational Campus (CHEC) before the final concert at the Italian Embassy. The group offers workshops and seminars to the school students on the innovative method called “Participatory Method in Creating Music Performances.”  

 

The participants will explore the new musical language used between musicians and the  conductor, and will discuss the different experiences in performing classical music with players coming from different countries and culture.

 

Program: music by Verdi and Barber.

 

G.Verdi Ave Maria aria for soprano and strings (arrangement for violin and strings by  D.Giuranna)

 G.Verdi String Quartet in E minor (edition for string orchestra)

 S.Barber Songs (arrangement for violin, viola and strings by D.Giuranna)

 S.Barber Quartet n.1 op. 11 (edition for string orchestra)

 Conductor Damiano Giuranna (founder of WYO).

 

 

The concert at the Italian Embassy is opened to the public.  

A second concert  with the same music program takes place on November 16th in the auditorium “Rock Hall” of Temple University in Philadelphia and is organized by the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia.

This event is particularly meaningful in Philadelphia for two main reasons: on the one hand, it closes an entire Verdi experience begun in September with Nabucco; on the other hand, Philadelphia is the city where  Samuel Barber was born and raised at the Curtis Institute where he met many Italian composers such as Giancarlo Menotti. Last, but not least, some of the young musicians who are part of the WYO are students in the prestigious Curtis Institute of Philadelphia.

 

15 November 2013

Italian Brand and Design

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60 YEARS OF MADE IN ITALY

 

November 15, 2013 - January 10, 2014

Washington DC

Mead Center

 

Washington D.C.- November 13, 2013. On the occasion of 2013 - Year of Italian Culture in the United States, the U.S. capital will celebrate Italian style with the exhibition 60 Years of Made in Italy, on display from November 15 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The exhibit, which has already enjoyed great success in Rome and Mexico City, is produced by Studio Galgano in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Washington.

 

The idea for the exhibition, curated by Fiorella Galgano and Alessia Tota, is from StilePromoItalia and pays homage to the sartorial genius of leaders in Italian fashion and design who have contributed to the birth of the Made ​​in Italy brand. Over time, these fashion industry greats have won over the entire world with their sense of aesthetics and defined what is venerated today as Italian style.

 

“The Made in Italy brand represents the very nature of Italian culture,” stated Ambassador of Italy to the United States Claudio Bisogniero. "And it is also the product of the genius of the many artisans who, expertly and with pride, continue to pass along from one generation to the next Italy’s great tradition of fashion design, an art appreciated all over the world."

 

Until January 10, 2014, the public will have access to splendid creations worn by top supermodels and celebrities at Premieres or on Oscar night or custom tailored for the frames of cherished international screen stars. In addition, there will be a selection of precious and exclusive garments made from experimental fabrics or fashioned using materials produced by the latest in high tech research.

 

The exhibition will be held at the Mead Center (1101 Sixth St., SW) in conjunction with Arena Stage’s production of Maurice Hinesis Tappin’ Thru Life, in which the Broadway legend celebrates through song and dance the singers who inspired him. The show also pays homage to his late brother Gregory, an icon of American style and, like Maurice, a great admirer of Italian fashion. Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life runs November 15 to December 29, 2013 in the Kreeger Theater. For more information visit http://www.arenastage.org

 

Among the Alta Moda signature collections: Renato Balestra, Franco Ciambella, Raffaella Curiel, Marella Ferrera, Sorelle Fontana, Egon Von Furstenberg, Galitzine, Gattinoni, Lancetti, Antonio Marras, Gai Mattiolo, Lorenzo Riva, Sarli, Schuberth, Valentino. Men’s Alta Moda collections from Brioni and Maison Litrico Rome. There are also high end Ready to Wear brands: Emilio Pucci, Walter Albini, Giorgio Armani, Laura Biagiotti, Mariella Burani, Roberta di Camerino, Roberto Cavalli, Enrico Coveri, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gianfranco Ferre, Alberta Ferretti, Genny, Gucci, Krizia, Max Mara, Missoni, Moschino, Prada, Ermanno Scervino, Luciano Soprani, Versace.

 

The exhibit will be open Tuesday – Friday from 6-10:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday Noon-10:00 p.m. Those interested in private tours of the exhibit are asked to contact the Arena Stage Sales Office at (202) 488-3300.

 

For further information about the fashion items on display, please click:

http://italyinus2013.org/contents/pdf/DidascalieStudioGalgano.pdf

 

16 November 2013

Cinema and Photography

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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. 

 

 

 

16 November 2013

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Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi

 

Austin Lyric Opera presents Verdi's Don Carlos at the  Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, Texas, on November 16-24

 

November 16 - 24

Austin, Texas

Long Center for the Performing Arts

 

Politics, love, and family loyalties are tested in this epic love triangle involving a tyrannical king, a despairing prince, and an innocent young woman. 

 

Featuring some of Giuseppe Verdi’s most stunning compositions, Don Carlos is the dramatic story of powerful people who must all accept their role as pawns in a tragic destiny. 

 

Austin Lyric Opera is presenting Don Carlos for the first time, in celebration of the bicentennial of Verdi’s birth.

 

Saturday, November 16, 2013  – 7:30pm

Thursday, November 21, 2013  – 7:30pm

Sunday, November 24, 2013    – 3:00pm

 

16 November 2013

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LA TRAVIATA

 

Based on a project by Monica Casadei, an eclectic choreographer from Emilia, the performance is part of Corpo a Corpo Verdi, a dance interpretation of the great composer’s most famous music dramas including also Rigoletto and Il Trovatore. 

 

November 16, 2013

Los Angeles
Theatre Raymond Kabbatz

 

Choreography, direction, set design, lights and costumes:

Monica Casadei

Assistant choreographer: Elena Bertuzzi

With: V. Colella, M. Cosseta, G. Dorliguzzo, C. Montalbani, G.M. Morisco,

S. Muccioli, C. Negri, S. Roveda, F. Ruggerini, E. Serrecchia, V. Trevisan

Music: Giuseppe Verdi

Musical Arrangements: Luca Vianini

Musical dramaturgy: Alessandro Taverna

 

Production Compagnia Artemis Danza/Monica Casadei

Co -production Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Festival

Verdi - Parma. With the support of Ministero per i Beni e le Attività

Culturali, Regione Emilia Romagna-Assessorato alla Cultura, Provincia e Comune di Parma

 

Organized by: Theatre Raymond Kabbatz

In collaboration with: IIC

 

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17 November 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  

17 November 2013

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Giovanni Battista Falda, Pianta di Roma, 1676
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

 

17 November 2013

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POMPEII LECTURE SERIES

 

November 17, 2013
February 16, 2014
March 16, 2014

Philadelphia

UPENN MUSEUM
University of Pennsylvania

 

In conjunction with the Franklin Institute's special exhibition One Day in Pompeii (November 9, 2013 through April 27, 2014), the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology invites the public to delve into the scientific details of this ancient city with the Pompeii Lecture Series, presented on Sunday afternoons (November 17, 2013; February 16, 2014; March 16, 2014) at 2:00 pm. Acclaimed presenters include Penn Museum Associate Curator Dr. Janet Monge, Penn Art History Lecturer Victoria Coates, and Penn Museum Curator Dr. Brian Rose.

 

In conjunction with the Franklin Institute's special exhibition One Day in Pompeii, the Penn Museum invites the public to delve into the scientific details of this ancient city with the Pompeii Lecture Series, presented on select Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm.

Sunday, October 20, 2013 Dr. Robert Giegengack, Penn Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences discusses the history and science surrounding the eruptions of Vesuvius and other volcanoes in the Calabrian Arc.

November 17, 2013 Dr. Janet Monge, Associate Curator and Keeper, Penn Museum Physical Anthropology Section talk Herculaneum: The Archaeology of Catastrophe highlights how Mt. Vesuvius affords a unique opportunity to study life and death among the ancient Romans in ways that are truly unique in the study of the bioarchaeology of the ancient world.

February 16, 2014 Dr. Brian Rose, Curator, Penn Museum Mediterranean Section speaks about Dining and Lovemaking in Pompeii, and explains how the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 allows us to reconstruct extensively the nature of daily life in an Early Imperial Roman town, especially the residents' attitudes toward food and sex.

March 16, 2014 Victoria Coates, Penn Lecturer at the Department of Art History talks about Visiting with the Ancients: the Grand Tour, a phenomenon of upper-class young men from northern Europe visiting the classical ruins of the south, well established by the time Herculaneum and then Pompeii were excavated in the 18th century. Victoria Coates explains how these elite travelers experienced the new excavations.

At University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

3260 South Street - Philadelphia, PA 19104

http://www.penn.museum/college-and-adults/pompeii-lecture-series.html

 

18 November 2013

Art

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The Art of Papermaking in Italy & the U.S.

 

November 18, 2013 - 7PM

Washington DC

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th Street NW

 

Panelists including curators and scholars from the Library of Congress, artists, and Italian experts discuss Italian papermaking history and tradition and explore innovative forms of contemporary papermaking in both Italy and the United States.

In collaboration with the Corcoran College of Art + Design, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Paper and Watermark in Fabriano.

 

This panel is organized on the occasion of the exhibition Fabriano 1264, 750 Years of Western Paper: carrying knowledge, spreading culture, connecting peoples, which will open at the Embassy of Italy on November 20, 2013.

PANELISTS:

  • Renato Miracco - Panel moderator and curator of the exhibition
  • Sylvia Rodgers Albro - Senior Paper Conservator, Conservation Division, Library of Congress
  • Tom Bannister - Managing Editor Hand Papermaking Magazine
  • Dan DeSimone - Curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
  • Helen Frederick - Founder, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center; Professor, George Mason University; Paper Artist
  • Giorgio Pellegrini - Director, Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, Fabriano, Italy
  • Lynn Sures - Professor and Chair of Fine Arts, Corcoran College of Art + Design; Paper Artis

Tickets available via Corcoran website

To Get your Free Ticket: https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/the-art-of-papermaking-in-italy-the-us

 

 

19 November 2013

Science and Technology

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UNIPA: From Reasearch to Start-Up. A challenge for the future

 

November 19, 2013

New York

Italian Trade Commission

 

On November 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm Italian Trade Commission, in the occasion of Italy in US 2013: Year of Italian Culture in the United States, the University of Palermo presents the scientific research produced in its laboratories and the complex process of turning research in start-ups based on innovative ideas born within the labs and funded from public or private investors. Tha case history of successful enterprices in the field of cultural heritage, energy, medicine, will be reported and new ideas for new start-ups will be shown.

The delegation of the University of Palermo, will be composed by the Rector, prof. Roberto Lagalla, and professors Patrizia Livreri, Delegate District High Technology for Cultural Heritage, Fabrizio Micari, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Livan Fratini, a consultant for scientific research, Umberto La Commare, delegate for the Incubator ARCA.

The work will be opened by Patrizia Livreri, the Rector Roberto Lagalla and the Director of the Italian Trade Commission Pier Paolo Celeste will bring greetings, Fabrizio Micari, "From teaching to reasearch", Livan Fratini, "The excellence scientific research at UniPA", Umberto La Commare, "Turning research in success enterpraiser, the success stories", will intervene. A video about University of Palermo and its surroundings will be presented.

The work will close at 6:30 pm. An Italian fine good dinner will be offered.

The event, by GPHolding Comunicazione, is aimed to institutions, professionals, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, members of the high-tech community and academics.

 

20 November 2013

Science and Technology

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TISSUE MICROARRAY CONFERENCE ON TMA TECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO BIOMARKER VALIDATION AND DIAGNOSTIC APPLICATIONS

 

November 20, 2013

Philadelphia

Temple University

 

S.H.R.O. Sbarro Health Research Organization and the College of Science and Technology at Temple University organize a Conference on “Tissue MicroArray Technology” at ISENET_USA LLC - University City Science Centre - 3711 Market Street,  Philadelphia, PA. The prime objective of this Conference, organized by Antonio Giordano Director of S.H.R.O. and where many Italian scientists participate, is to discuss how to optimize the use of Tissue Microarrays for Research Projects (e.g. Biomarkers Validation, etc.) and the possibility to use the technology for diagnostic applications.

 

S.H.R.O. Sbarro Health Research Organization and the College of Science and Technology of Temple University organize a Conference on “Tissue MicroArray Technology” at ISENET_USA LLC - University City Science Centre - 3711 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. The objective of the Tissue Array Conference is to discuss with a panel of TMA experts on how to optimize the use of Tissue Microarrays for Research Projects (e.g. Biomarkers Validation, etc.) and the possibility to use the technology for diagnostic applications.

Particular attention will be given to the establishment of a “High Through-put Tissue Array Integrated Pathology Platform” starting from the design, construction, image analysis tools for automatic scoring and IT platform to manage pathology images. At the end of the Conference, there will be a specific hands-on session (workshop) dedicated to look at the Galileo Tissue Arrayer, Visiopharm Image Analysis Software and PathXL Pathology Image Management IT Platform. Among the participants there are senior pathologists and histopathologists; basic and applied researchers; biotechnologists, pharmacologists and bioinformatics; clinical trial specialists, pathology technicians.

The Conference, introduced by  Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia Andrea Canepari, has famous and prestigious names of Italians researchers, among them, Antonio Giordano, Director of SHRO and Pasquale De Blasio, Mario Benotti and Eleni Anni (SHRO, TU), Giorgio Cattoretti (UNIMIB, Italy) and Ida Biunno (IRGB-CNR, Italy), beside many other scholars and scientists from all over the world.

The Conference is scheduled from 8am till 4pm on November 20, 2013 at the University City Science Center on 3711 Market Street in Philadelphia, PA (University City).

 

Free registration on line: http://isenet.eventbrite.com/

 

Program:

http://italyinus2013.org/contents/pdf/TMA-WORKSHOP-Nov-20th-2013-Final.pdf

 

20 November 2013

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Fabriano 1264

 

750 Years of Western Paper: carrying knowledge, spreading culture, connecting peoples

 

November 20 - December 20, 2013

Washington DC

Embassy of Italy

 

The exhibit will include a selection of watermarks from 1301 to today. A section of the exhibit will be dedicated to the relationship between paper and art throuhg the comparison of Italian and American contemporary artists.

 

ITALIAN ARTISTS:

Luigi Bartolini
Guerrino Lovato
Roberto Mannino
Angela Occhipinti
Roberto Stelluti
Anna Uncini
Sirio Bellucci

 

AMERICAN ARTISTS:

Nancy Cohen
Joan Hall
Mary Hark
Michelle Samour
Patterson Clark
Lynn Sures

Prior to this exhibit opening a panel discussion "The Art of Papermaking in Italy & the U.S." is scheduled at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on November 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM.

 

November 20 through December 20, 2013
(Monday to Friday from 10am-12/2pm-4pm)
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: email reservations requests at iicwashington@esteri.it

or Make a reservation here: http://iicwashington.info/events/20131120/rsvps/

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PLEASE NOTE: the date and time you request may not be available. You will receive a confirmation email. Not open on weekends or holidays.

 

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The Italian artists in the exhibit: artist, poet, and writer Luigi Bartolini of Cupramontana, considered one of the most eclectic figures of 20th century Italian culture, is present with two works, including the engraving dedicated to daughter Luciana which in 1932 shared first prize with Giorgio Morandi at the Italian Etchings Show at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence;  Guerrino Lovato of Venice, whose stucco and paper works embellish the majestic La Fenice theaterin Venice; Italian-American Roberto Mannino; Angela Occhipinti, formerly of the Brera Accademia di Belle Arti; and two Fabriano artists, Anna Unicini and Sirio Bellucci, nominated by the InArte Cultural Association of Fabriano.

The six American artists whose works have been chosen for this event:
Nancy Cohen and Joan Hall, noted for their large scale paper installations; Mary Hark and her special multicoloured surfaces; Michelle Samour creator of installations using brilliant, translucent papers; Patterson Sims, who researches plant sources for fibers and colors; Lynn Sures, polyhedric artist and teacher at the Corcoran College of  Art and Design for over ten years, who serves as the ‘ambassador’ of Fabriano paper in the USA for her valued collaboration with the Fabriano Museum of Paper and Watermarks established here  in Washington in 2002.

A special place in this exhibition has been dedicated to Roberto Stelluti, a Fabriano artist of international renown and a descendant of Francesco Stelluti, famed friend of Galileo Galilei, and co-founder of the Accademia dei Lincei, the oldest academy of sciences in the world. On display are 4 engravings by Roberto and the original of the sonnet written by Francesco, In lode della carta [in praise of paper] from his Persio, printed in 1630, which is considered to this day one of the most significant tributes to the importance of Fabriano’s papermaking tradition.

At the historic printing house in Alpignano (TO) founded by his father, Alberto, Enrico Tallone has reproduced by hand a special edition of  the Manuale Tipografico sulle carte e sugli inchiostri [Typographic Manual on Papers and Inks] that is printed on handmade paper produced by Fabriano’s master artisans of the Museum of Paper and Watermarks. This precious volume is being donated by the City of Fabriano to the United States Library of Congress, the repository of many volumes printed on paper manufactured in Fabriano. The donation will remain as a reminder of this celebration of Fabriano’s “artigenius” in the nation’s capital.

 

22 November 2013

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Orchestra Italiana del Cinema presents Beyond La Dolce Vita

 

November, 22 2013

Ucla, Royce Hall, Los Angeles

 

Orchestra Italiana del Cinema
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Beyond La Dolce Vita:
A visual-symphonic homage to Italian Cinema

 

The expert musicianship of the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema and high-definition film projection combine to form an unforgettable multimedia concert, celebrating the partnership between music and film. 

One of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century, Federico Fellini is perhaps best known in the English-speaking world for La Dolce Vita, a film which has become synonymous with the culture of Italy. He won five Academy Awards, becoming the person who won the highest number of Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film in history. 

Together with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Italian cultural institutes throughout the world, the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema celebrates the 20th anniversary of the death of this great Italian artist with a special tribute concert.

BIO O.I.C. http://www.orchestraitalianadelcinema.it/en/about-2/

Ticket: http://cap.ucla.edu/calendar/event_detail.asp?id=370

Video link:http://www.youtube.com/embed/KSKC7NRLOp4

 

 

 

 

22 November 2013

Italian Brand and Design

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Foro Mussolini, Roma, c. 1930, George Hoyningen-Huene (American, b. Russia, 1900–1968), photographer. Gelatin silver print. The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection. Photo: Lynton Gardiner
Foro Mussolini, Roma, c. 1930, George Hoyningen-Huene (American, b. Russia, 1900–1968), photographer. Gelatin silver print. The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection. Photo: Lynton Gardiner

The birth of Rome

 

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

 

November 22, 2013 - May 18, 2014

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.

 

A presentation of modern architectural and urban planning projects that cultivated the perception of a storied Italian nation rooted in a mythologized past. On display for the first time, artist Ferruccio Ferrazzi’s colossal study for the mosaic The Myth of Rome will serve as an anchor for a series of focus studies that document the alliance between art, architecture, and ideology in Italy under Benito Mussolini. Ferrazzi designed the mosaic in 1938 as a government commission for one of the buildings surrounding the recently excavated Mausoleum of Augustus. The display will also include a selection of studies for additional mosaics designed by Ferrazzi as part of the overall The Myth of Rome installation in the Piazza Augusto Imperatore.

This visualizing of national origins through The Myth of Rome will be complemented by four focus studies of additional building projects carried out during the Fascist regime: the Foro Mussolini (now the Foro Italico), a sports complex modeled after the Roman forums of the Imperial age; the E U R, a new district in the Italian capital planned for the never-realized 1942 International Exhibition that would celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the regime; Virgilio Marchi’s drawings for a Futurist Rome; and the Italian Pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

The Birth of Rome will be accompanied by a publication, the first in a new series exploring The Wolfsonian’s collection.

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

 

22 November 2013

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Ritorno. Canzone. Cartone per l’affresco nel salone delle assemblee della Casa Madre dei Mutilati di Guerra a Roma [Return. Song. Cartoon for the Fresco in the Casa Madre dei Mutilati di Guerra in Rome], 1932, Antonio Giuseppe Santagata (Italian, 1888-1985), Charcoal on pasteboard on canvas. Private
Ritorno. Canzone. Cartone per l’affresco nel salone delle assemblee della Casa Madre dei Mutilati di Guerra a Roma [Return. Song. Cartoon for the Fresco in the Casa Madre dei Mutilati di Guerra in Rome], 1932, Antonio Giuseppe Santagata (Italian, 1888-1985), Charcoal on pasteboard on canvas. Private

Rendering War: The Murals of A. G. Santagata

 

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

 

November 22, 2013 - May 18, 2014

Miami Beach

The Wolfsonian–FIU, Miami Beach

 

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.

 

Rendering War focuses on the Italian Novecento artist Antonio Giuseppe Santagata’s large-scale studies for mural paintings created in the 1920s and ‘30s for buildings of the Association for Disabled and Invalid War Veterans (Case dei Mutilati). Chief among these are the artist’s studies for frescoes in the assembly hall and courtyard of the Casa Madre dei Mutilati (1928–1936), the national headquarters of the association, on the banks of the Tiber River in Rome. Commemorating and celebrating Italian soldiers in the First World War, Santagata’s imposing renderings offered a counter-narrative to the devastating realities of Italy’s actual experience in the war. These works not only express the heavily politicized aesthetic outlook of the Italian state, which promoted public art that would restore a sense of national pride and unity after the humiliations of the war, but also reflect the fierce debate taking place around the relationship between new architecture and visual culture.

 

 

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

 

23 November 2013

Italian Language and Literature

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Boccaccio Award After Life

 

November 23, 2013

Providence

Brown University

 

To celebrate the seven hundredth anniversary of Giovanni Boccaccio's birth, the Decameron Web project has launched a contest for the best adaptation of a tale from the Decameron into a form of colloquial communication.

 

As part of the events to celebrate the seven hundredth anniversary of Giovanni Boccaccio's birth, the Decameron Web project at Brown University, under the aegis of the American Association of Boccaccio Studies and in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Boston and the Ente Nazionale Giovanni Boccaccio in Certaldo, has established the International Boccaccio-After Life Award for the best translation, the best dramatic adaption, and the best new media adaptation of a tale from the Decameron.
Giovanni Boccaccio belongs to that select few of classic writers whose legacy broadly transcends the written word.
Today, adapting a literary work for another media holds unexpected consequences because of digital media's multiple forms. The purpose of this award is to spark the creativity of young readers and students of Boccaccio by inviting them to translate a tale from the Decameron into a communications form of our times, adapting it in letter and spirit to contemporary media and social contexts.
Three prizes are in play: best translation-adaptation into contemporary English, best adaptation for the stage, and best adaptation for other media (Youtube, social networks, animation, videogames, and similar).
The three winners will be published on the Decameron Web site and the best adaptation for stage will be performed by a theater troupe in Certaldo, just outside Florence.

 

 

 

 

29 November 2013

Italian Brand and Design

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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

 

30 November 2013

Italian Language and Literature

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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 November 2013

Italian Language and Literature

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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 November 2013

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Artemisia Gentileschi - Judith slays Holophernes, ab. 1612 (detail) - Oil on canvas, 159 x 126 - Napoli, Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte © Archivi Alinari, Firenze. Per concessione del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
Artemisia Gentileschi - Judith slays Holophernes, ab. 1612 (detail) - Oil on canvas, 159 x 126 - Napoli, Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte © Archivi Alinari, Firenze. Per concessione del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali

Judith slaying Holophernes by Artemisia Gentileschi

 

The Art Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the Foundation For Italian Art and Culture (FIAC) opens an important exhibition focused on Artemisia Gentileschi’s masterpiece, Judith Slaying Holofernes from the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

 

October 17, 2013 - January 9, 2014

Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago

 

Highlighted by this exceptional loan from Italy, this exhibition explores the historical importance of Artemisia Gentileschi.

 

The Art Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the Foundation For Italian Art and Culture (FIAC) opens an important exhibition focused on Artemisia Gentileschi’s masterpiece, Judith Slaying Holofernes from the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.

 

Informed by the Old Testament Apocrypha of Judith, Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting represents the decisive moment of the narrative—when the Jewish heroine Judith savagely decapitates the Assyrian general Holofernes to save her people. Rather than focusing on the ideals of beauty and courage also inspired by this story, like many other Italian artists, Artemisia chooses to depict the most dramatic and bloody moment of the story. Her depiction of Judith as a dauntless manslayer has generated heated debate about the artist’s intentions and persona. To help explore these questions, a selection of paintings, drawings and prints on the theme of Judith from the Art Institute’s collection are also on display. Highlighted by this exceptional loan from Italy, this exhibition explores the historical importance of Artemisia Gentileschi, as well as the Judith theme in art.

 

30 November 2013

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Cross Orsini from Rosciolo, 1334
Cross Orsini from Rosciolo, 1334

SACRUM: fascination of worship

 

The exhibition brings to light some of our most precious hidden treasures of sacred art. It covers a period of time that runs from the 2nd century BC to the 17th century, then touching the 19th century with a unique piece of art on display

 

October 4 - December 8, 2013

New York

Church of Saint Agnes

 

Among the first works of "Sacrum" there is "Angizia" (terracotta) by the nemus Angitiae, "National Shrine" of the Marsi one of Italy's most important central Apennines (remembered by Virgil in the Aeneid) 2nd cent. B.C.
In the archaeological section are included also the "Ercole Liseppeo" (brass 1st century B.C.), "Funeral bone Beds" (2nd century BC), the "Venus of Alba", the "Boundary of Maenads" and "Italic Ex-Voto". Specimens of sacred gold processional cross "Orsini di Rosciolo", dated 1334.
The "Staurotheca" dating back to the 13th century.
The iconographic section provides the Madonna known as "del Melograno" by Giacomo da Campli (c. 1460 in Teramo), the "Madonna di Cese" (oil on wood) by Andrea Delitio (15th century Celano), the "Nascita della Vergine" by Giuseppe Cesari (XVII sec. Sulmona) and the "triptych" of Alba Fucens, ivory (fourteenth century. Celano).
The manuscripts section shows the precious "Exultet": the most famous and ancient parchment (1057 Archive of the Diocese of Marsi).
Further evidence of the link between Abruzzo and the Franciscan order, the show features the "Breviary of St. Francis" (1223, Assisi), the "triptych" of Franciscan Thomas of Celano (Assisi) and the "Missal" of his biographer, Thomas of Celano 13th century (Tagliacozzo), "Dies Irae" by Thomas of Celano 12th century (Naples) and the "Legend Major et Minor" by St. Bonaventure (Assisi).
The Bible called of St. Louis unique and precious original manuscript, (9-13th cc. Assisi), the "antiphonary of Trasacco" illuminated Volume of IV century.
"Sacrum" culminates with the only witness to the 19th century: the painting "Il Voto", work of the painter Francesco Paolo Michetti.

 

Exultet, Archive of the Diocese of Marsi, 1057
Exultet, Archive of the Diocese of Marsi, 1057
Angizia, nemus Angitiae, II c. B.C.
Angizia, nemus Angitiae, II c. B.C.

30 November 2013

Science and Technology

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

 

 

30 November 2013

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NEW YORK GIORNATE TORINESI - TORINO IDEAS, Leonardo da Vinci

 

Leonardo Da Vinci: Treasures from the Biblioteca Reale, Turin - Exhibition

 

October 25 - February 2

New York

The Morgan Library & Museum

 

The world famous Codice sul Volo degli Uccelli by Leonardo Da Vinci is exposed together with eight original drawings by Leonardo and seven by his scholars.

 

Presentation of the exhibition:

October 25 - 9.30 a.m.

November 4 - 7.00 p.m.

La FondazioneNY Gala 2013 - Gala benefit dinner

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street

 

A gala benefit is organized by La FondazioneNY in The Gilbert Court on the occasion of the exhibition of the Leonardo Da Vinci drawings. During the event, whose main aim is to raise funds to support young Italian artists and cultural initiatives for 2014, two prizes and three awards are assigned to prominent personalities.

 

In the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, Torino introduces itself – for the second time in a few months – to the Big Apple. Contemporary art, cinema, theatre, design: together with its cultural institutions Torino offers to the American audience an unprecedented Self-portrait.

 

For over a century Torino had been a town with a manufacturing, productive, industrial character. A proper factory town, one of the driving forces of the Italian economic and industrial growth. During these last fifteen years, however, even Torino had to face the changing scenarios of globalization.

 

The path that transformed the city thus started. Now Torino continues to be an important industrial city, but it is much more than this. It is a financial centre being the birthplace of the two main Italian banking groups. It is an important research, innovation and technology pole. It is an academic city with two first-level universities and 100,000 students, 15 % of them being foreigners. It is a capital of culture making cultural investment one of the moods of its identity, becoming the Italian city that nowadays has the widest cultural offer. The consequence of such commitment is the growth of Torino as a tourist destination.

 

The citizens of New York now have the possibility to appreciate the richness and the quality of the cultural institutions of Torino and to get a new image of our City, which confirms that our Country is turning culture more and more into a winning asset .

 

For these reasons I would like, from a personal point of view and on behalf of the city that I represent, to deeply thank the Italian Embassy, the Consulate General and the Italian Cultural Institute in New York as well as our American partner institutions.

 

We thank you and wait for you in Torino where we are looking forward to giving you a friendly and warm welcome .

 

Piero Fassino

Mayor of Torino

 

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NEW YORK GIORNATE TORINESI - TORINO IDEAS, Matteo Pericoli

 

Matteo Pericoli “The Cities Out My Window: New York and Torino” - Exhibition

 

October 31 - November 30

New York

La Birreria @ Eataly roofTop
VW Dome, MoMA PS1
Times Square - billboard

 

The Italian artist and author of The City Out My Window presents a series of reproductions of his window view drawings of New York and Torino.

 

Opening: October 31 – 11.00 a.m.

La Birreria @ Eataly roofTop

Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street

 

October 28 - November 3

Torino contemporary art in New York - Events by Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino, Fondazione De Fornaris, Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT

 

October 30 – 5.30 p.m.

GRAN TORINO The City of Contemporary Art - Symposium

VW Dome, MoMA PS1

22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue

 

The Director of MoMA PS1 hosts a conference on the main achievements and future challenges of a contemporary art system which is gaining great recognition at international level.

Among the lecturers the Mayor of Torino and the directors of Gagosian Gallery, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino and Italian Cultural Institute in New York.

 

October 28 - November 3

Torino contemporary art system – video by FARGOfilm

Times Square - billboard

 

A video is shown in the heart of New York City to present the outstanding contemporary art system developed in Torino. A public toast to celebrate the video projection is organized on 31 October at 7.45 p.m.

 

In the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, Torino introduces itself – for the second time in a few months – to the Big Apple. Contemporary art, cinema, theatre, design: together with its cultural institutions Torino offers to the American audience an unprecedented Self-portrait.

 

For over a century Torino had been a town with a manufacturing, productive, industrial character. A proper factory town, one of the driving forces of the Italian economic and industrial growth. During these last fifteen years, however, even Torino had to face the changing scenarios of globalization.

 

The path that transformed the city thus started. Now Torino continues to be an important industrial city, but it is much more than this. It is a financial centre being the birthplace of the two main Italian banking groups. It is an important research, innovation and technology pole. It is an academic city with two first-level universities and 100,000 students, 15 % of them being foreigners. It is a capital of culture making cultural investment one of the moods of its identity, becoming the Italian city that nowadays has the widest cultural offer. The consequence of such commitment is the growth of Torino as a tourist destination.

 

The citizens of New York now have the possibility to appreciate the richness and the quality of the cultural institutions of Torino and to get a new image of our City, which confirms that our Country is turning culture more and more into a winning asset .

 

For these reasons I would like, from a personal point of view and on behalf of the city that I represent, to deeply thank the Italian Embassy, the Consulate General and the Italian Cultural Institute in New York as well as our American partner institutions.

 

We thank you and wait for you in Torino where we are looking forward to giving you a friendly and warm welcome .

 

Piero Fassino

Mayor of Torino

 

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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.