This lecture will provide an opportunity to celebrate Raphael in 2020, the 500th anniversary of his death. We’ll talk about Renaissance food, starting with a virtual tour of “Casa Raffaello” in Urbino, exploring the kitchen and common spaces. We will also discuss the historic food of today’s Marche region, focusing especially on a renowned cheese t...

What is symmetry? We all intuitively recognize it when we admire beautiful regular patterns in nature, but symmetry can actually be studied with mathematics! It turns out that, among all possible three-dimensional solid shapes, only five of them are completely symmetric. We will see the origin of this story in ancient Greece, where Plato thought th...

When: Wednesday, March 11th at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450 Organized by the Italian & Italian American Professional Women Group of Chicago, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Celebrate International Women’s Day and inspirecurrent and future women leaders of Italian...

When: Tuesday, March 17th at 6pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450, Chicago, IL Over the past few years, artists have become increasingly concerned with environmentalism and climate change. But at the end of the 1960s, Arte Povera artists were already thinking about trees, water, and indiscriminate urbanization.

Arte Povera literally means “Poor Art”, art made with poor everyday materials—art in which the histories, identities, and trajectories of quotidian life challenge the purity and utopian ideals of the gallery space. In the hands of artists like Marisa Merz, Jannis Kounellis, Pino Pascali, or Michelangelo Pistoletto the irreverent materiality and tex...

On the occasion of Remembrance Day, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Institute of Culture presented an event dedicated to Italian writers who witnessed the Holocaust, in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). The initiative is part of the numerous...

This presentation by Musicologist Jesse Rosenberg, Northwestern University, is held in conjunction with the three upcoming performances (February 6-8) of Mascagni's masterpiece by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and an outstanding cast of soloists, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti. Giovanni Verga's short story "Cavalleria Rusticana" cau...

Sunday January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S Cranbrook Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009. Organizer: Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan. To mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, every year, the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan organizes activities commemorating those Italians who suffered persecution under the...

È con grande entusiasmo che inizio il mio mandato come direttore dell'Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago”. Così scrive Luca Di Vito che, attraverso la prima newsletter del 2020 dell’IIC di Chicago si presenta a connazionali e utenti dell’Istituto, dicendosi “onorato” di poter coordinare la promozione culturale nel Midwest, “collaborando con al...

Arte Povera is one of the most influential, and yet “under the radar”, art movements to come out of Italy during the last century. Since its appearance in the late 1960s, the work of Giuseppe Penone, Marisa Merz, and Jannis Kounellis, among others, have strongly influenced the international contemporary art scene, revolutionizing the ways artists t...