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The small town of Pontida in northern Italy has sparked outrage by offering free parking permits to pregnant women and young mothers — but only if they are married or an EU citizen.
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said the government is still committed to a bill that would grant citizenship rights to children born to migrant parents.
An investigation by Italy's police and the anti-drugs squad found several representatives of Colombian drug barons selling cocaine across Sicily with the help of the local mafia.
A trio of researchers with Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia in Italy has created an earthquake warning system that reliably predicted a series of aftershocks after a major quake in Italy.
Being one of four pupils in the country to have achieved perfect grades in the Junior Certificate is an impressive feat.
Like Christmas Day or the announcement of the newest iPhone, the release of Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Pass is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated events of the year.
When Joyce Mariani moved back to Cleveland from Italy, she was disappointed to not find theaters showing the award winning films she had seen back in Europe.
YuMi the humanoid robot showed no signs of nerves on Tuesday night as it raised its baton to conduct the Lucca Philharmonic orchestra alongside Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
The Italian Center and the Ladies Auxiliary invite local dignitaries, members of the Italian-American community and the general public to join them in recognition and celebration of Italian Heritage Month, as designated by Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.
A vandal defiled a larger-than-life statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park on Tuesday, leaving “blood”-red paint on the explorer’s hands and scrawling “Hate will not be tolerated” on its pedestal.
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Italy in NY Calendar
The black and white photographs featured in this exhibition were first shown in the Graphics Department of the Princeton University Library and some were bought by the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. The portraits and landscapes of Italian life during that year, primarily of Rome but also of the South and Sicily, give us a glimpse into the heart of a country at the cusp of profound industrial and political change.
When we think of Venice, we think of a city in the sea, surrounded by water. And yet, before the modern era, the city had no source of fresh water other than the rain from heaven or barges from the mainland. Therein lies the paradox: Venice is in the water and has no water. This lecture addresses how Venetians rose to the challenge by creating a unique system of water collection, and a unique genre of public art: the Venetian wellhead. It addresses as well a different challenge that came with the expansion of the Venetian empire: the gift of running water and the need to harness it. Again, the Venetians seized the initiative and created fountains that transformed urban spaces from the Terraferma to the Stato da Mar into places of encounter and aesthetic delight. Finally, this lecture explores the afterlife of the Venetian wellhead. After water was brought into Venice in the late nineteenth century, the wellhead lost its original raison d’être. Instead, it became an enticing collectible for such notable patrons as Mary Scott Townsend in Washington, William Randolph Heart in California, and Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston. In the golden age of collecting, a fixture that had once graced public squares and private courtyards of Venice now became a desired feature of gardens and museums throughout the world.
A one-hour video presentation featuring a collection of some of the most beautiful and beloved songs including O Sole Mio, Torna a Surriento, Mattinata, Core'ngrato from movie and television performances featuring celebrated artists from the 1930s through 1960s, such as Beneamino Gigli, Mario Lanza, and many more. Presented by William Ronayne.
A seminal figure in 20th-century design, the Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) created a vast body of work, the result of an exceptionally productive career that spanned more than six decades. This exhibition reevaluates Sottsass's career in a presentation of key works in a range of media—including architectural drawings, interiors, furniture, machines, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textiles and pattern, painting, and photography. The exhibition presents Sottsass's work in dialogue with ancient and contemporaneous objects that inspired him, as well as his influence on designers working today. These juxtapositions offer new insight into his designs, situating him within a broader design discourse that reveals him as a true design radical.
Passage is an artist’s vision of the movement of immigrants. Yorgos Giotsas uses materials of the earth to bring a tactile feel to his work, thus engaging us in the journey. His images of immigrants in New York City in the early 1900s could be our grandparents from Magna Grecia (Southern Italy). Yet he does not stop there as he moves us visually through the passage, with heart-wrenching yet hopeful images, of immigrants today landing in Sicily. Sponsored by the Italian American Museum/Consulate General of Greece in New York.
Admission: free; open to the public
Contact: Prof. Janine Coyne, Curator 212-965-9000