Screenwriter Ennio Flaiano once stated that “In Italy, the shortest distance between two points is the arabesque,” encapsulating in one sentence his compatriots’s talent for long-windedness, convolution, and elegance. I’ve always thought Flaiano’s witty remark finds a perfect counterpart in the photographic work of Luigi Ghirri, who dedicated his c...

NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960, the most comprehensive curated collection of journalistic images capturing the faces of Italy after World War II, will be on display at arteitalia (442 Flint Street, Reno) September 27 through December 29, 2019. This free exhibit documents not only Italy’s economic and social conditions in the mid-20t...

When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm - Where: Italian Cultural Institute - Organized by : COMITES, Italian Consulate General, Italian Culture - Entrance : Free Join us for the screening of the newly released documentary Italians By The Bay and the presentation of the recently published photo book La Valle del Silicio. Both pr...

Exhibition: September 17–December 20, 2019. Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6–8pm. 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–6pm, and by appointment. Sonia Leimer: Via San Gennaro is the first solo exhibition in New York by ISCP resident Sonia Leimer, and is co-curated by Kari Conte, Director of...

From Tuesday, September 10, 2019 to Thursday, October 10, 2019. Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm. Entrance: Free. Book Now! Italian Cultural Institute of New York, 686 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065. Gianni Berengo Gardin photographs Renzo Piano. Exhibition curated by Guido Risicato and Lorenzo Trompetto Two talents, two creative practices, two diffe...

Have you ever wanted to write your history, sifting through childhood memories, digging into your roots and into the past lives of people close to you?  Have you ever started a writing project of any type but could not complete it? Are you intrigued by the study of origins and the phenomenon of mass diaspora in the world? Have ever wanted to explor...

The great Italian films from the decade after World War II — such as “Bitter Rice,” “Bicycle Thieves” and “La Strada” — weren’t just the inventions of directors gaining international fame. They had roots in Italian cities, villages and the countryside. Now an extensive collection of photographs from the era — actually, from 1932 to 1960 — is on vie...

Pasta is perhaps the most popular Italian dish originated in Sicily in the 12th century. For a long time it remained a food for the rich and privileged, and only in the 18th century, industrial production has turned the paste into the main cheap product for most Italians. Mass immigration of Italians to America in the early 20th century helped past...

If you’re of a certain age, you know Louis Prima's songs and wild on-stage antics from TV or Las Vegas.  If you’re younger, you know his songs recorded by younger artists like David Lee Roth and Brian Setzer or in TV commercials. Others know him as the singin’, swingin’ voice of King Louie in Disney’s animated film The Jungle Book. One thing’s for...

A few weeks ago, I took a solo vacation to Italy. Part of the trip was a weeklong art retreat sponsored by an Alexandria business, Artistic Artifacts, run by owner, Judy Gula. She led our group in creating mixed media art journals during our stay in a medieval town called Ischia di Castro, and our daily excursions, which included visiting religious...