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Italy's Senate gave final approval Thursday to a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in the Roman Catholic nation's long-running and agonizing debate over euthanasia and end-of-life issues.
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Opening on November 14th in Marian Goodman Gallery’s Third Floor Project Space, we are pleased to host a special exhibition by Giuseppe Penone, which features a unique installation, A question of identity, (Una questione di identità), 2017, one of the most meditative works created by the artist to date. The exhibition will be on view through Friday, December 22nd.
Consisting of multiple works from 1981 to the present to create a whole installation, A Question of Identity crystallized in the artist’s mind over three decades ago, but was realized just this past year. With its incarnation here, Penone refines to a stringent purity his search for the expression of the elemental identity unique to all of us which defines the essence of his work, the unity between man and nature, and the search for our place within the incomprehensible magnitude of the natural world. In this exhibition, the artist offers us a glimpse of arrested time and of eternity through essential works which ask us to contemplate the identity of an imprint, the identity of a river stone, the identity of a grain of sand molded by the wind.
An Obsession with Michelangelo, The Fall of the Rebel Angels by Andrea Commodi exibition presents Commodi’s Study for The Fall of the Rebel Angels, an exceptional loan from Palazzo Pitti in Florence, together with a number of drawings from the Uffizi’s Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe. This striking and fascinating work introduces Andrea Commodi to an international audience, and provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the intense and innovative relationship that this inventive, though lesser-known artist, developed with the art of Michelangelo, whose works are now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the magnificent exhibition curated by Carmen Bambach, Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer.
A highly original artist, the painter Andrea Commodi (Florence, 1560-1638), active between Florence and Rome, was widely celebrated by his contemporaries for his skills as a copyist and relentless draftsman. An acquaintance of the Buonarroti family, he had access early on to the corpus of Michelangelo’s drawings still in their possession, which he faithfully copied and upon which he meditated all his life. When he was commissioned by Pope Paul V (1550-1621) to decorate the chapel of his palace (today the Quirinal Palace) with a program to rival Michelangelo’s Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, Commodi had the unique opportunity to measure himself against the master.
The subject of Commodi’s work was the Fall of the Rebel Angels. For unclear reasons, possibly the compelling but frightening comparison with Michelangelo’s Last Judgement, Commodi’s project for Paul V was abandoned, and all that is left is this preparatory study for the fresco.
The Museum of Modern Art organizes a retrospective of the late Italian world-famous director.
Antonioni (1912–2007), whose fascination with mediated reality only deepened over time, was a restless experimenter with composition, camera movement, cutting, and storytelling. Presented with Luce Cinecittà, Rome, and featuring nearly 40 35mm prints and digital preservations, this first complete retrospective in New York in more than a decade celebrates the writer-director’s legendary collaborations with Monica Vitti—the trilogy of L’Avventura, L’Eclisse, and La Notte, as well as Red Desert, Blow-Up, and The Passenger. It also foregrounds Antonioni’s sociopolitical concerns through his neorealist documentary shorts.
Modigliani Unmasked considers the celebrated artist Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920) shortly after he arrived in Paris in 1906, when the city was still roiling with anti-Semitism after the long-running tumult of the Dreyfus Affair and the influx of foreign emigres. Modigliani’s Italian-Sephardic background helped forge a complex cultural identity that rested in part on the ability of Italian Jews historically to assimilate and embrace diversity. The exhibition puts a spotlight on Modigliani’s drawings, and shows that his art cannot be fully understood without acknowledging the ways the artist responded to the social realities that he confronted in the unprecedented artistic melting pot of Paris. The drawings from the Alexandre collection reveal the emerging artist himself, enmeshed in his own particular identity quandary, struggling to discover what portraiture might mean in a modern world of racial complexity.
The exhibition includes approximately 150 works, those from the Alexandre collection as well as a selection of Modigliani’s paintings, sculptures, and other drawings from collections around the world. Modigliani’s art will be complemented by work representative of the various multicultural influences—African, Greek, Egyptian, and Khmer—that inspired the young artist during this lesser-known early period.
Among the works featured are a mysterious, unfinished portrait of Dr. Alexandre, never seen before in the United States; impressions of the theater; life studies and female nudes, among them the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova; and drawings of caryatids and heads, which are telling of Modigliani’s sculptures, which he created over a five-year period from 1909 to 1914.
Modigliani Unmasked is organized by Mason Klein, Curator, The Jewish Museum.The exhibition was designed by Galia Solomonoff and Talene Montgomery of SAS/Solomonoff Architecture Studio.
Modigliani Unmasked is made possible by The Jerome L. Greene Foundation.
The perfect fresh pasta dish is the result of high quality ingredients, a well-crafted dough, and an understanding of how to pair pasta shapes with different sauces. Join the Chef of La Scuola as they demonstrate that making fresh pasta from scratch is not as difficult as you might think! From cavatelli to orecchiette, dragged pastas are a great place to begin your pasta training! In this class, guests will:
Observe the Chef of La Scuola demonstrate how to create the perfect pasta dough
Take part in a hands-on activity of making a variety of fresh dragged pastas
Explore the versatility of pasta dough and learn how to create different dragged pastas with the same dough
Enjoy 2 dishes paired with a complementary wine
Take home menus, adapted recipes, wine tasting notes and dough to keep practicing!