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Baroque Splendors make their way to Connecticut

"The Holy Name: Art of the Gesù: Bernini and His Age" opened at Fairfield University Art Museum on February 2nd. Curated by Director Linda Wolk-Simon, this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition features treasures from Rome's Church of the Gesù, never before seen in America, including a great Bernini’s marble sculpture.

ReSignifications Revisited at NYU Casa Italiana

On view until Feb. 23, NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò presents an iteration of the photographic exhibition ReSignifications, which focuses on the study, understanding and celebration of black bodies. Synchronized with the occasion of Black History Month here in the US, the exposition is rooted in an Italian and European context.

Mattotti's first Exhibition opens in NYC

Lorenzo Mattotti’s vibrant and colorful covers for The New Yorker are now on view in an exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute, which runs from February 6th through March 8th. 

Celebrating Italians who have Changed History

This February, the Barbera Foundation will present the Mentoris Project with a series of e-books that celebrate the accomplishments of Italians and Italian-Americans at the Institute of Italian Culture in Los Angeles.

Lineapelle comes to NYC

Lineapelle’s two-day event showcased exclusive international producers of leather, and textiles for shoes, handbags, and other goods. Among the luxurious craftsmanship was a free aperitivo sponsored by various Italian brands: Abaton, Edesia, Fratelli Beretta, Gioiella, Il Chinotto nella rete, NENA Group, Panzerotti, Ribalta Mo’, San Benedetto Acqua Minerale, and Urbani Truffles.

The eMPathia Jazz Duo is Back in the US!

After last year's success, Italian singer Mafalda Minnozzi and American guitarist Paul Ricci are back with a new U.S. Winter Tour and a new album - Cool Romantics. On Feb. 8th they will perform at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò to commemorate 'Fat Thursday' in the week of the Carnival festivities.

Caimi's 'Jumps' on Display in SF

On Feb. 9, the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco will open an exhibition consisting of paintings by Italian artist Silvia Caimi. The Institute will host a reception to kick off the display, including an artist talk with Caimi herself.

“Blaxploitalian” Screens in SF

As February celebrates African-American History Month, Director Fred “Kudjo” Kuwornu will present his documentary, "Blaxploitalian 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema,” at the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco on February 20th. The documentary uncovers and analyzes the personal struggles African Americans, and actors of African descent face in the film industry.

Meet Barbara Jatta, First Woman Director of the Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums' new director Barbara Jatta oversees everything from conservation of some of the world's greatest masterpieces to managing the huge crowds entering the Sistine Chapel.

Art in the Garden: Hope by Laura Fantini

The solo exhibit Hope by Laura Fantini is on display, now through April 29th, at Queens Botanical Garden. The Brooklyn- based Italian artist, presents a body of work that includes drawings from her latest series of drawings, which is based exclusively on seeds.

Keep the Party Going... Carnival of Viareggio is Here!

This winter, Eataly NY and Chicago will be featuring a Tuscan theme throughout their stores in honor of the annual Carnival. The opening press conference in New York, held at the School of Eataly Flatiron, saw the participation from The Region of Tuscany that included Maria Lina Marcucci, President of the Foundation of the Carnival of Viareggio, and Alberto Peruzzini, Director General of Tuscan Tourism Promotion.

Cattelan's "America" for Trump's Living Quarters

The Guggenheim Museum declines the White House request for a Van Gogh Painting and offers Cattelan's gold toilet, titled "America", as an alternative.

Michelangelo Divine Draftsman and Designer - How a Monument Comes Alive

The Michelangelo exhibition at the MET is the cultural event of the season.  The New York Review of Books defined it “the finest show on the artist any of us will ever see”. To explore in depth the idea behind the exhibit, the Cultural Attaché of the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC, Renato Miracco talks to Carmen C. Bambach, curator the MET's Department of Drawing and Prints. 

A Night of Philosophy Featuring Italian Professor Chiara Bottici

Starting January 27, a 12-hour event presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Brooklyn Public Library will bring philosophers, artists, musicians, and authors together for a free conversation and performance filled event. The Italian Cultural Institute in New York joins the event presenting Chiara Bottici, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research.

Iom Romì (A Day in Rome) debuts for an American Audience

On Jan. 21, director Valerio Ciriaci’s Iom Romì experienced a successful second-ever screening in front of a packed theater at Lincoln Center. The nearly 30-minute documentary on Rome's Jewish Community, was featured as part of a short film showcase for the 27th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival.

World's Oldest Public Museum: Rome's Capitoline

Italy is celebrating the nearly three centuries since inauguration of the world's first public art museum, the Capitoline, founded and funded in 1733 with income from, of all things, a public lottery.

The Sicilian Carts Journey to L.A.

Until Feb. 4, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) will hold an exhibition ‘The Sicilian Cart: History in Movement.’ Focusing on Sicily’s most recognized symbol–the carretto–the display delves into the historic vehicles of transportation and culture, whose presence still resonates on the island today.

PERSPECTIVES Opens at Museo Italo Americano in SF

The exhibition, opening on January 28th through April 29th 2018, features the works of Italian American artists Gianluca Franzese, Marietta Patricia Leis and Giuseppe Palumbo.

Brooks Brothers Kicks Off Its 200th Anniversary in Florence

In Florence, Italy, Brooks Brothers held its 200th year anniversary in Palazzo Vecchio to celebrate the brand’s longevity and accomplishments. CEO Claudio Del Vecchio who bought Brooks Brothers in 2001, is honored to be a part of the company's history.

Best Places to Visit in 2018: Basilicata Ranks Third

In Italy’s deep south, there is a region that for decades has never gained the attention it deserves. The New York Times, however, just placed Basilicata as the third best place to visit in 2018.