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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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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.
Moira is a Steinway Artist and a Steinway Educational Partner.
Description: As a classically- trained pianist, I want to share the idea that improvisation dates back centuries and belongs to the classical tradition. My goal is for students to revisit the classical repertoire, understanding composers’ historical context and style. We will develop ear training exercises useful for analyzing composition, creating progressions and voicing on the piano, and developing piano solo techniques. Students will acquire the necessary tools to create their own improvisations using classical compositions as source materials and eventually write original compositions that can freely re- invent a classical composition. I aspire to offer students this genre as a source of inspiration that is useful, exciting and enriching outside of the classical and traditional context.
Course Objective: The first weeks will be structured around the study of musical forms with improvisation, improvisation techniques and classical composers including J.S. Bach, F. Chopin, E. Satie, I. Albeniz and B. Bartok. For each composer, will cover historical context, ear training and composition analysis and the learning of improvisational tools. We will also explore composers from students’ home countries, and the impact of native folk on the classical genre. Students will explore the similarities and differences between composers’ styles. Last part of the course will be dedicated to students’ original compositions. The goal is to offer examples of the range and personality, creativity and diversity among composers’ styles – inspiration for students as they create their own original improvisations and compositions.
- Analysis of melodic paraphrasing in Chopin’s work
- Developing ear training exercises useful for composition analysis, creating progressions and voicing on the piano, and developing piano solo techniques (homework assignment)
- Arrangement of one of 24 Preludes, op.28 (homework assignment)
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.
The Second edition of the special intiative launched by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to promote contemporary Italian Design in the world. Organized by the IIC.
Arturo Martini: La vita, le opere
Un maestro della scultura italiana dal futurismo agli anni del fascismo
A lecture by Elena Pontiggia, Accademia di Brera, Milano, and Politecnico di Milano
On the occasion of the publication of Prof. Pontiggia's book Arturo Martini: La vita in figure (2017, Johan & Levi)
Introduced by David Forgacs, NYU
Participants: Maria Luisa Ardizzone (NYU) Nicola Lucchi (Dickinson College) and Ara Merjian (NYU)
In ITALIAN with readings translated in English.