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Italy in NY Calendar
An evening dedicated to Fernanda Pivano. Erica Jong in conversation with Gini Alhadeff. Moderator Francesca Pellas.
An anticipation of the Festival della Disobbedienza | Premio Fernanda Pivano set in Santa Margherita Ligure - Italy - from April 26 to April 28, to celebrate Fernanda Pivano, 10 years after her passing. An event curated by Enrico Rotelli. From an idea of Michele Concina and Francesca Cigola.
Fernanda Pivano (Genoa 1917 - Milan 2009) was a writer, journalist and translator who contributed to the diffusion of the most significant American writers in Italy, from great icons like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, William Faulkner, Richard Wright to antimilitarist Ernest Hemingway and Joseph Heller, through the writers of the 1960s Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and contemporary writers including Erica Jong, Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, David Foster Wallace, Chuck Palahniuk, and Jonathan Safran Foer. Premio Fernanda Pivano Award continues the scope of bringing American literature to Italy.
Erica Jong is a celebrated poet, novelist & essayist with over 26 published books that have been influential all over the world. Her new book of poetry titled The World Began With Yes is due for publication in the U.S. on April 16th, 2019 by Red Hen Press. Erica’s most popular novel, Fear of Flyingcelebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. Never out of print, it has sold over 35 million copies in 42 languages including Chinese and Arabic. She is the recipient of several awards including the Fernanda Pivano Prize
Gini Alhadeff was born in Alexandria, Egypt, of Italian parents. She is the author of a memoir, The Sun at Midday: Tales of a Mediterranean Family, and of a novel, Dia- ry of a Djinn. She founded and edited two literary quarterlies, Normal, and XXIst Century! in the late 80's, and has since contributed to many magazines, including the quarterlies Bidoun and The Drawbridge, and more recently to The New York Review of Books.
Francesca Pellas is an Italian publishing professional living in New York. She works for Edizioni Black Coffee, an independent publisher based in Florence specializing in American literature. She is also a translator, and she writes for the Italian daily Il Foglio and the American magazine Words Without Borders.
A lecture by
Alessandro Barchiesi, Professor of Classics, NYU
In his lecture, Professor Barchiesi will discuss various reactions and appropriations of the Aeneid in Italian culture, with an eye on the recurring problem of Italian national identity.
Alessandro Barchiesi is a scholar of Roman literature and its modern reception. His new book project, The War for Italia, is a study of Virgil's Aeneid and of the impact in collective memory of the Social War - the insurrection/liberation war of Italic communities against Rome in the early 1st century BCE - and of the reception of the Aeneid in Italian culture, between Dante and the 20th century.
"Neapolitan: more than a sentiment!" A language of art, culture, song, philosophy, genuine food and... "sapé campà!"
Dr. Massimiliano Verde, president of the Neapolitan Academy will talk - in conversation with journalist Angela Vitaliano (Grazia) - about his work to promote this heritage that is also very present in the United States and will explain why this treasure must be preserved and passed on.
Cause...Napule è...‘na lengua!
In ITALIAN, ENGLISH, and NEAPOLITAN.
April 30 - June 12, 2019
Magazzino Italian Art Foundation (2700 U.S. 9, Cold Spring, NY)
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (24 West 12th Street, New York, NY)
Curated by Vittorio Calabrese, Director, Magazzino Italian Art Foundation
Magazzino Italian Art Foundation and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University co-present a solo exhibition and new site-specific work by Renato Leotta. Coming directly from the American Academy in Rome, where he is currently the Italian Fellow in Visual Arts investigating the space between earth and sky, Leotta has taken up residence in Cold Spring and continued his research on the relationship between the built and natural environment across three locations in New York state: the Hudson Valley, the shores of Long Island, and New York City. Opening on April 30, 2019, Leotta will premiere a new installation that responds to the grounds surrounding Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, in conjunction with a presentation of new and recent sculptures, and multimedia works on view at Casa Italiana in New York City. Renato Leotta marks the third collaboration between Casa Italiana and Magazzino and expands on the two institutions’ mutual commitment to exhibiting the work of contemporary Italian artists in the United States.
The two-part exhibition, Renato Leotta, will feature new works that draw inspiration from the coastlines of Long Island, Sicily and Portugal, as well as the landscape of Cold Spring and the Hudson River. Leotta utilizes forces of nature, including gravity, the moon, the ocean and other bodies of water, as partners to create artworks. Working across media, including sculpture, photography, textile and film, Leotta seeks to illuminate how the sea, sky and land are interconnected and to forge new connections between real and ideal environments, that exist both physically and only in the imagination of the spectator.
Renato Leotta (b. 1982, Turin) lives and works between Acireale and Turin. In addition to his recent exhibition Eine Sandsammlung at the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (2018) and site-specific commission at Manifesta in Palazzo Butera in Palermo Sicily (2018), Leotta has had solo exhibitions in Madragoa, Lisbon (2017); Galleria Fonti, Naples (2015); Cripta747, Torino (2014). Select group exhibitions include MAC, Sao Paulo; Museo Madre, Napoli; Le Magasin, Grenoble; NAK, Aachen; Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (2017); Quadriennale di Roma, Rome (2016); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2015). Leotta is a co-founder of CRIPTA747 in Torino.
Rebuilding. My days in New York (1959-2018) by Martino Marangoni is a collection of photos by the author, memories of his frequent stays in New York, throughout his life. At the book presentation participate, also, Maria Antonella Pelizzari and Bill Hunt.
Martino Marangoni was born in Florence in 1950, where he currently resides, the son of an Italian father and American mother.
Having completed his lower education in Florence he moved to New York in 1972 where he attended Pratt Institute until 1975, studying photography. On his return to Italy he taught photography at the 'Studio Arts Center International' to students studying at American Universities. Visiting the USA and especially New York every year he has maintained his close ties with America and in 1988 was visiting professor at the Cooper Union.
Studio Marangoni Foundation (FSM) was founded in 1991 with intention of promoting the Art of Photography. It is non-profit organisation which provides high quality and varied education programs for national and international students. Simultaneously with his work at FSM Marangoni has carried out personal research as an artist obtaining international acclaim.
Maria Antonella Pelizzari teaches courses in the History of Photography at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her expertise covers a wide range of subjects and time periods, including Italian photography and culture from its beginnings to the present, nineteenth-century British colonialism, American modernism, and the interdisciplinary dialogue between photography and architecture. She earned her PhD from the University of New Mexico. She has been Associate Curator of Photography at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal, and she has held teaching positions at Concordia University in Montreal and Ryerson University in Toronto.
Bill Hunt is a photography collector, curator and consultant who lives and works in New York City. Founding partner of the prominent photography gallery Hasted Hunt in Chelsea, Manhattan, and former director of photography at Ricco/Maresca gallery, Hunt has been collecting photography for over 35 years. He is a professor at the School of Visual Arts and has been profiled in The New York Times, Art on Paper, Modern Painters (magazine), The Art Newspaper, PBS' EGG, the Arts Show, as well as BBC's The Genius of Photography and elsewhere. His book "The Unseen Eye" (Aperture, Thames & Hudson, Actes Sud) focuses on Collection Dancing Bear, currently his largest collection of photographs.