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Confronting Reality in Francesco Simeti’s “Imaginary” Worlds

Following the opening of the artist’s latest show in New York’s Assembly Room, I sat down with him in his Gowanus studio to talk about what informs his practice, its accumulative nature, as well as its penchant towards a baroque aesthetic, which he uses to “trick” viewers into confronting the difficult realities, from devastating wars to the rapid advance of climate change, hiding behind all the embellishments.

Italian is the 4th Most Studied Language

Surpassing French, Italian becomes the 4th most studied language in the world, after English, Spanish, and Mandarin.

American Stars Abound at the 14th Rome Film Fest

Here is the program of screenings and guests coming to Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica between the 17th and 27th of October on occasion of the 14th edition of the Rome Film Fest with Antonio Monda, festival’s artistic director for the fifth year

Italoamericana: Italian Illustration Takes on America

Italian illustration through the works of some of the most celebrated and appreciated artists in the American market at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Los Angeles

Ninfa, a Beautiful Garden Amidst Roman Ruins

The Garden of Ninfa, is located in Latina, a few miles from Rome. It is today considered one of the most beautiful romantic gardens in the world.

Arbëreshë, an ‘Anthropological Miracle’

A special event, featuring a lecture and music performance, held at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò traces the unique and little-known history of the Arbëreshë people of southern Italy, “an anthropological miracle,” that can serve as a model of both cultural preservation and social integration.

Public Meets Private at La Reggia di Caserta

A new exhibition at La Reggia di Caserta, the grandiose royal palace constructed by the rulers of the House of Bourbon and often dubbed the “Versailles of Italy,” acts as a much-needed bridge between the public and private sector by showcasing 17th and 18th century works from the collection of antique dealer Cesare Lampronti.

Remembering Mario Mignone

In remembrance of the SUNY and Stony Brook Professor, who recently left us. From the island of Salina, Marcello Saija, his friend and partner of initiatives to truly and deeply explain Sicily and emigration to Americans, shares his memory of him. With this contribution we say farewell to Mario Mignone and his genuine and generous contribution to the history of Italians in America.

Casa 2.0: New Initiatives For Cultural Exchange

We sat down with director Stefano Albertini to discuss Casa 2.0, the new and improved iteration of Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò’s cultural program and how the institution’s upcoming events will propel it in its mission to foster “cultural exchanges between different worlds.”

Beyond Blindness

On view for the first time in the United States, at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, the drawings Carlo Levi realized during the artist’s retinal detachment. This is the story of a farmer from the gulf of Milazzo, who emigrated to Switzerland and decided to buy the works and keep them safe inside a barn.

Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, Tarantino’s Homage to Italian Cinema

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, previously presented in Cannes, comes to Rome for a highly anticipated preview of the Italian release with Sony Pictures on September 18. Along with the director, who wore a black t-shirt stamped with the word Brutalism, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie also attended the premiere.

Thomas Heatherwick’s Pier 55 . Waiting for a New Exciting Green Space.

New York, just added the magnificent courtyard of Hudson Yards, with a contemporary walk-able sculpture called the Vessel as the center piece. This structure was designed by Heatherwick studio. The Studio has also designed a new park at Pier 55.

Milena Vukotic: Fellini Changed My Life

Interview with Milena Vukotic: the actress, one of the most beloved stars of Italian cinema, theatre, and television, discusses Fellini and Woody Allen. Regarding MeToo, she says “it’s good that we are talking about this today and that certain facts have emerged. Yet, I don’t think it will cause the power dynamics between producers, directors, and actresses to change much. And there is also still much work to be done regarding the issue of equal pay, which in the United States is a hot source of debate amongst male and female colleagues.”

Jazz Italiano: Neapolitan Folk Jazz kicks off JCTC’s Voices: International Theater Festival

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) kicks off New Jersey’s first annual, international theater festival with Jazz Italiano, an intimate, black-box theater concert by IDR_Italian Doc Remix, the internationally acclaimed ensemble known for its vibrant combination of cutting-edge jazz improvisations and traditional Neapolitan folk music. Jazz Italiano takes place Thursday, August 22nd at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, N.J. 07302.
Roberto Scarcella Perino's Furiosus

Roberto Scarcella Perino's Furiosus in Florence

A performance of Roberto Scarcella Perino’s Furiosus, a two-act opera based on Ludovico Ariosto’s chivalric epic Orlando Furioso

Mogol: A Classical Music Project With Berklee College

Mogol, the poet of Italian music, has worked with great singers such as Battisti, Mina, Riccardo Cocciante, Adriano Celentano, Mango, Gianni Morandi and many others. His literary works embrace the notes, creating musical milestones that have topped the charts 121 times throughout his career.

Andrea Camilleri’s “ indecipherable Note”

He leaves us today, at age 93, the great master of contemporary Italian literature. We will miss everything about him. But, even without him, the search for the places and smells of Montalbano’s Sicily continues. A Sicily that many of us will never find because, like Vigata, it doesn’t exist geographically. What does exist is a place made up of colors and flavors, of unforgettable dishes, of dishonest people but also many good ones, who love justice and fight for it despite everything.

'Piranhas,' a Film About Coming of Age Amidst The Camorra

Claudio Giovannesi discusses his new film 'Piranhas', based on the novel by Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano, which will be on view in select American theaters starting August 2nd.

Mount Vesuvius Told Through Digital Art

A new exhibition of works by multimedia artist Gennaro Regina at Ercolano’s MAV museum tells the story of the volcano’s historic eruption in 79 CE in a new and engaging way.

Aspromonte, The Land of The Forgotten

Director Mimmo Calopresti discusses his latest film about a small Calabrian village’s redemption.