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Globetrotting with Giuseppe Verdi

The international road-show promoting Festival Verdi, an event that every year celebrates the Italian Opera genius, stopped in New York, at the Italian Cultural Institute. A set of exceptional personalities presented the event, such as Anna Maria Meo – General Manager of Teatro Regio in Parma and Stefano Bonaccini – President of Emila-Romagna region.

Lino Tagliapietra, Master of a Glass Renaissance

From the young age of 11 years old, Lino Tagliapietra began his glassblowing apprenticeship on the island of Murano in the picturesque city of Venice. Today, he is one of the most renowned glassblowers of our time, known for his independence, innovation, and creativity. From March 11 to June 18, 2017 his pieces will be exhibited at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey.

Art Meets Science in “Da Vinci - The Genius”

“Da Vinci - The Genius” is a temporary exhibit at the Museum of Science in Boston which will be on display until February 26th.

A Bronx Tale: The Musical - The Classic on Broadway

After its great successes as both a one-man show and a film, "A Bronx Tale" has returned to New York City as a Broadway musical. Currently playing at the Longacre Theatre, this musical rendition of the famous play turned movie, tells the classic coming of age tale that provides a soulful insight into a community as it used to be.

Calvino: The Memo of Quickness

Paola Antonelli and Maria Popova recently met up at the Italian Cultural Institute as part of their new series of events in honor of the incredible Italian writer, Italo Calvino.

Stanley Tucci Captures Giacometti's Final Portrait

Stanley Tucci directs a comedy film about the process of creating the "Portrait of James Lord" by the famous contemporary artist Alberto Giacometti. It bears witness to the not-so-glamorous inner and outer workings of the artistic mindset of both Giacometti and his subject, James Lord, in 1964 Paris.

New Book Club Explores Italian Literature

Calling on all book lovers and Italian speakers in or around the North Shore area of Long Island to join Il Gruppo di Lettura at Stony Brook University

"The World of Falling in Love… Through Love Letters." A Conversation with Sonia Cancian

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Dr. Sonia Cancian, an Italian-Canadian professor at Zayed University in Dubai, spoke at a conference at the “Museo della lettera d’amore” (Museum of Love Letters) in Torrevecchia Teatina, Abruzzo. A social historian specializing in the field of Italian migration, Dr. Cancian has studied hundreds of love letters exchanged by Italian migrants in the past century. In this interview she tells us about her long-lasting research interest for this topic, the importance of letter-writing for previous waves of migrants, and the uncertain future of the art of (love) letter-writing in the digital age.

Botticelli Visits United States with Rare Venus Painting

Sixteen paintings by Sandro Botticelli are on loan in the United States. A rare image of Venus in solidarity is the highlight of the exhibition that starts at the College of William and Mary's Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Virginia, from February 11 to April 7. After that it will proceed to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema

On occasion of Black History Month 2017 as well as Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò’s "Primi al Cinema" film series, the documentary entitled “Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema” by Fred Kudjo Kuwornu makes it’s debut in New York City.

Preserving the Past: New Efforts to Support the Verona Amphitheater

A team of highly qualified engineers and architects from Germany are collaborating to prolong the life of one of Ancient Rome's greatest gifts, The Verona Arena. This project is sponsored by the European apparel brand, Calzedonia.

Della Robbia Comes to Washington D.C.

A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. celebrates the fabulous work of Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia and the three generations of his family workshop.

Haring's Work Comes to Milan's Piazza Reale

Over 100 Keith Haring pieces will be exhibited in Milan's Piazza Reale from February to June. His iconic "street art" style speaks volumes to the changing viewpoints of love, hate, fear, and war during the 80's and 90's in the USA while tying in international culture and history.

Celebrating 60 Years of an Iconic Vehicle: The FIAT 500

60 years ago the FIAT 500 was released in Turin, Italy. Today, it continues to be one of the most popular automobiles in the world, famous for its signature compact profile, economic pricing, and fuel efficiency. Upon its release in 1957, the FIAT 500 changed the compact car segment forever, and after years of trails and tribulations, the renowned FIAT 500 drives better than ever.

“Supercar of the Year” goes to the Ferrari GTC4Lusso

The distinguished International Automobile Festival bestowed their top honor to the striking new Ferrari GTC4Lusso, making this the car’s first European award of the year.

Recycled Orchestra to Perform at This Year’s Sanremo Festival

This year the 67th edition of the popular Sanremo Music Festival will feature the “Orchestra Reciclados de Cateura” (“Cateura’s Recycled Orchestra”) who come all the way from Paraguay to perform on Italy’s biggest stage.

“Italian Style: Fashion & Film from Early Cinema to the Digital Age”

Author Eugenia Paulicelli delivered a special presentation on her most recent book about Italian fashion and film at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, where she treated the audience with a taste of her findings.

Michael Cunningham's Hours in Matera

At the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, internationally acclaimed writer and Pulitzer Prize Award Winner of "The Hours"–Michael Cunningham–presented his lyrical lecture on the exceptional city of Matera (Basilicata). The American author visited the city in 2016 when he was invited by APT Basilicata (the agency that promotes tourism in that area). In conversation with Giorgio van Straten–director of the Institute–Cunningham enchanted the audience with his passionate ode to the city and talked about his connection to Italy, as well as about his work.

The Festival Verdi 2017 Celebrates an Opera Sensation

Parma and Busseto co-host The Festival Verdi 2017 to celebrate the operatic arts and the legacy of an Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi, with some of his finest productions.

Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space

Art lovers in New York City are crowding to see a stunning new exhibition devoted to the full scope of the career of Marisa Merz, the only female protagonist of the Arte Povera movement in the 1960s.