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While Italy's economic growth has picked up this year, it belies grim realities below the surface, few of which are being addressed directly as politicians stump for a national ballot on March 4.
PROTESTORS from the social centres, anti-racist and anti-fascist movements have clashed with police tonight during a rally against a meeting of the Italian far-right party ‘CasaPound’ in Turin ahead of the Italian election on March 4th.
SANTA MARIA DI CASTELLABATE, Italy — On a recent afternoon, Alessia D’Alessando ran into a couple of friends on the boardwalk of the town along the southern Italian coast where she spent her teenage summers swimming in the sea and living with her mother in the local prince’s historic palace.
As our favorite Italian beauties return to the catwalk as Milan Fashion Week officially gets into full swing, it's their beauty prep routines when they are off the runway that has us dying to peek inside their beauty bags.
Italy's 10-year government bond yield was poised on Friday for its biggest weekly rise of the year so far, reflecting growing unease about a national election, just around the corner, that is expected to result in a hung parliament.
Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s 81-year-old media mogul, has sought to stamp his authority on his unruly centre-right coalition ahead of next month’s general election, dismissing the rise of his Eurosceptic rightwing allies and touting his own moderate choice as the country’s future prime minister.
Bouncing her son on her knee in a bedroom in Milan,Tracy Obawmnoyi described her ambition to become a maid in Italy.
Whatever the outcome of next month’s election, Italy’s bonds should be safe for a while yet.
For those interested in a good overview of Italian fashion’s fundamental years, the exhibition “Italiana, Italy Through the Lens of Fashion 1971–2001” shouldn’t be missed.
There is a risk of Italy's mafias "conditioning" the general election in March, Italy's Interior Minister Marco Minniti warned.
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Gianluca Franzese is an Italian-born American artist who currently lives and works in San Francisco. The son of a jewelry maker and a pupil of the old masters of Italian art, he started painting early on, moving through realist, expressive, and narrative styles. With a background in decorative painting, his style has evolved to blend continuous patterns of color with dynamic metal reflections, with meticulous attention to detail and dedication to flawlessness. Each painting plays with the viewer’s perspective, illuminating the spaces in which they reside. In his own words, Franzese’s art “reflects my belief that beauty is a process that happens over time, with a focus on underlying patterns and geometries found in nature. The metallic elements in the pieces are sensitive to the temperature of the environment, expressing a particular temperament based on context. This responsive variable means that the work is always unique to the time and place in which it is viewed.” His works have been exhibited in San Francisco, Miami, New York and Florence, and are in many private collections, notably Tiffany & Co. in Milan, Italy.
Marietta Patricia Leis is an Italian-American visual artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She works in several media including painting, photography, sculpture and video. Leis received a BA and MA in psychology from Antioch College, Los Angeles and her MA/MFA in studio art from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
[Insights 2, by Marietta Patrica Leis, 2014]
Insights 2, Marietta Patrica Leis, 2014
Leis’ art is concerned with the preservation of our planet. Her art, regardless of medium, resonates with the beauty of our natural environment. ‘Color of place’ is an element that she enlists to create a visceral recording of her travels. Her work can be found in many public collections among them: The Albuquerque Art Museum, NM; Harwood Museum, Taos, NM; University Art Gallery, NM State University, Las Cruces; New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe, the Holtze Hotel, Denver; the University of New Mexico Division of Continuing Education; Ross Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio and the State Capitol Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work in the public sector includes commissioned work and 1% for the Arts competitions. Leis’ extensive exhibition record as well as collections that she is in, awards that she has received and lectures that she has given is documented in Who’s Who In American Art (31st Edition). The late New York Times contributing art critic, William Zimmer, called Leis’ reductive paintings “sublime”. In regard to her own philosophy regarding her work Leis states, “The aim of my art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.”
First generation Italian-American sculptor Giuseppe Palumbo is the son of a professional artist from Italy. He has studied at the Art Students League in Denver, The Loveland Academy of Fine Art and the Scottsdale Artists School, as well as in San Miguel Allende, Mexico and Pietrasanta, Italy. Palumbo has spent a lifetime creating, designing and building, from architecture to furniture and jewelry. He has been sculpting since 1992.
[Hog Heaven, by Giuseppe Palumbo, 2014]
Hog Heaven, Giuseppe Palumbo, 2014
Palumbo’s textural, figurative bronze sculptures somehow contemporaneously communicate fantasy, humor, depth and meaning. In the form of dancing sheep, meditating bulls, flying pigs, walking seashells and little men balancing on a ledge, Palumbo gives shape to human emotions as well as to social and political perspectives. Palumbo states that his objective is “not to create a replica of the living, but to capture the essence of a being, not a frozen pose, but a sculpture alive in texture, spirit and warmth. My objective is to communicate in a language that words don’t convey. If my work moves the viewer, stirs their soul, is a reflection of our times, or pleases the aesthetic, then I have achieved my goal. My chapter in the story of the sculpture is short; once I’m finished with the piece it then becomes an endless tale as each viewer relives and creates their own story.” He maintains studios in Berkeley, CA and Eldorado Springs, CO and his work has been exhibited in many important shows throughout the US. Palumbo’s whimsical sculptures can be found in many public and private collections throughout the US and the world, including Queen Rania of Jordan’s private collection.
We believe that the health of both the animals and the land on which they are raised has a direct impact on the quality and flavor of the meat once it reaches your table. From there, we also believe it important to understand what you are eating and how to eat it. Join us at La Scuola with a Eataly butcher and Chef to dicover how to break down, debone and skin a pork properly. Learn where your favorites cuts sit on the animal, and discover pieces you never knew existed. In this class, guests will:
Explore the butchering techniques used to handle pork with an Eataly butcher.
Learn about choosing an excellent selection cuts of pork from a counter.
Discover various ways to cook a fish with different ingredients.
Enjoy a fresh meal prepared by Chef of La Scuola.
MIGRATION, an exhibition of photographs by Carlo Rocchi Bilancini
Curated by Carol Borelli. On view through March 23, Mon-Fri 10-5.
The photographer Carlo Rocchi Bilancini has always had an affinity for the mysterious, transformative qualities of water. Yet, where his earlier focus was on individual character, here the photographer is concerned with memory and loss, two things that migrants always carry with them, regardless of their weight. In thirty-four hauntingly beautiful colour images, Bilancini explores what it means to leave something behind. In so doing, he references not only the historic migration of his fellow Italians to the United States but also the current plight of refugees to Europe and elsewhere. ‘I am inspired by the hardships faced by those who have been forced to leave their possessions and loved ones in order to undertake an arduous journey.’ In this work, water is the element in which one identity is dissolved and another begins to take shape.
Authors Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra present New Italian Migrations to the United States, a two-volume collection that explores Italian immigration to the United States from 1945 to the present day.
The books offer a radical rethinking of the history of Italian Americans by focusing on immigration to the United States over the last seventy years. Edited by Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra with essays by an elite roster of fifteen scholars, the books look at how the continual immigration from Italy influenced immigration laws, impacted urban communities, contributed to U.S. consumer culture, and continues still today to reboot and reshape Italian American culture and U.S. culture generally in still-unfolding ways.
New Italian Migrations to the United States: Vol. 1, Politics and History since 1945 and Vol. 2, Art and Culture since 1945 (Laura E. Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra, Editors; University of Illinois Press, 2017)
This event is co-sponsored by the Museo Italo Americano.
The presentation will be followed by refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.
Twenty years of collaboration, illustrations on current events created at lightning speed, little glitches to solve, curious coincidences, sudden inspirations... all this can happen when one of the most renowned magazines in the world meets an amazing artist like Mattotti. In the prestigious headquarters of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, as well as in the catalogue published by #logosedizioni, we will finally be able to take a close look at the results of this prolific artistic synergy.
Curated by Melania Gazzotti, the exhibition Lorenzo Mattotti. Covers for The New Yorker collects for the first time the original pastels created by the author for 32 of the magazine’s covers, along with numerous unpublished preparatory sketches and a selection of his illustrations for articles on fashion, culture, and current affairs. A breath-taking travel through Mattotti’s pasty and enfolding colors, which imbue the scenes with light and depth and show the great versatility of the artist, as well as his startling talent in finding innovative solutions for a wide range of topics.
“I can always count on him”, writes The New Yorker’s art editor Françoise Mouly in the introduction of the catalogue, disclosing the background stories of her twenty-year collaboration with Mattotti.
Besides celebrating the best known and loved Italian illustrator, the exhibition and the catalogue aim at showing how a cover for a major magazine is born, revealing curious anecdotes on the creation of the works and highlighting the artist’s creative process, as well as his constant dialogue with the magazine’s art editor. Such dialogue between Mattotti and Françoise Mouly will take place in front of the audience on the occasion of the exhibition opening.
The exhibition will be on view until March, 8 2018. Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm.