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President Sergio Mattarella summoned Senate speaker Elisabetta Casellati earlier Wednesday to ask her to mediate between Italy's main political parties.
Italy remains without a government after a general election on March 4.
Lega and M5S could form a coalition government.
SAN FRANCISCO — The city of San Francisco has decided that both Italian Americans and indigenous people brutalized by the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America will share the holiday once reserved for the explorer.
San Francisco supervisors voted 10-1 Tuesday to make the second Monday of October Italian American Heritage Day. The legislation requires a second, routine vote.
Board members in January replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, saying they wanted to honor Native American people and condemn the atrocities they suffered.
They might live behind bars, but rugby has given prisoners in Italy a new-found freedom.
A unique project has taken the sport into 15 jails across the country and its benefits are having a huge impact on inmates, both while in prison and when they are released.
Human rights groups file complaint challenging arms exports used in Yemen bombing
Italian anthropologists have documented a remarkable case in which a Medieval-era Italian male not only managed to survive the amputation of his right hand, he also used a bladed weapon as a prosthetic limb.
Italian consumer prices rose slightly below expectations in March this year, according to data from the Italian statistical agency Istat.
Fresh for spring! Adut Akech is one of the supermodels on the cover of Italian Vogue’s April “Girls Next Door” issue, shot by the photographer team Mert Atlas and Marcus Piggott.
From Palme d’Or-winner Padre Padrone to adaptations of Tolstoy and Pirandello, the Tavianis challenged convention and upended cliche.
The missile attack on Syria is fueling tensions among Italy’s uncomfortable center-right alliance as President Sergio Mattarella casts about for a way to break a six-week impasse and install a new government.
President pays tribute to director who worked with brother on award-winning films
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In this collection of thirty-nine images, photojournalist Martha Cooper, well-known for her work on graffiti and the early days of hip-hop, documents Italian American vernacular expressive culture in 1980s Brooklyn. Digitized from their original slide formats and newly printed, the photographs depict, among other things, Williamsburg's annual giglio feast, the Manteo Sicilian marionette theater, yard shrines and sidewalk altars.This is the first exhibit of Cooper's extensive earlier Italian American oeuvre.
Exhibition opening: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:00 pm
This exhibition is in collaboration with City Lore, a nonprofit art organization dedicated to New York City's vibrant folk arts.
This exhibition chronicles fifty years of Italian history showcasing a series of portraits, by 25 photographers, in which stories, identities and heritage are narrated by the looks of the subjects, eyes staring directly at the camera, at the authors of the shots and, ultimately, at all of us. Curated by M. Delogu.
Italy is a country rich in history whose borders have been rather fluid throughout time. A melting pot of identities, the DNA of its inhabitants is most varied (with a diversity up to thirty times greater than the European average).
This wealth is reflected and it is recognizable in the features of the Italians.
The exhibit begins with a group portrait taken at Portella della Ginestra by Fausto Giaccone twenty years after the horrible massacre, followed by Gianni Berengo Gardin's pacifist nudes, Gastone Novelli’s portrait of Ugo Mulas (two great protagonists of the '68), demonstrations and factories by Francesco Radino, the work on Bagheria by Ferdinando Scianna, Tano D'Amico’s work in '77 (a very Italian experience, stemming from the '68).
Then a photo by Emilio Tremolada (engaged alongside Franco Basaglia in the battle for the abolition of the asylums), the work of Lisetta Carmi on "transvestites ", and self-portraits by Luigi di Sarro.
In the eighties the tone becomes more intimate with photos of the "Australian from Tuscany" Stephen Roach, belonging to the famous series dedicated to his wife Fabrizia, and the portraits of the neighbors of George Tatge, in Umbria.
From the nineties the photographic portrait becomes more and more a collaboration of two: the photographer and his subject work together for the final image using symbols, backgrounds and landscapes. It is the case of Guido Guidi’s portraits, and the photos of cardinals, peasants and Romani people by Marco Delogu, where the main focus is on the gaze of the person, while the environment is just a background.
Moira Ricci is even part of her mother’s photographs, is at her side, producing very moving images. Nature is present in the portraits of Sabrina Ragucci and Alessandro Imbriaco; Jacopo Benassi increasingly eliminates every background until he gets to the white, while Antonio Biasiucci chooses the classic black for characters that come out of the shadows. The exstensive overview ends with two portraits by Paolo Ventura, where the photographic technique is blended with ancient pictorial practices.
On view until May 2nd 2018 Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm
The first exhibition of its kind in the United States, Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze, brings together some 90 objects to highlight the impact of Renaissance prints on maiolica and bronze plaquettes. Accompanied by a publication that provides a comprehensive introduction to different aspects of the phenomenon—from the role of 15th-century prints and the rediscovery of classical art to the importance of illustrated books and the artistic exchanges between Italy and northern Europe—Sharing Images will be on view on the ground floor of the West Building from April 1 through August 5, 2018.
The 2018 Italian Film Festival USA in Phoenix features local premieres of six recent, critically acclaimed Italian films and two programs of short films.
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.