Juliet Grames and Helene Stapinsky in Conversation about The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

Helene Stapinsky and Juliet Grames

Last night, November 6, 2019, authors Juliet Grames and Helene Stapinsky joined us at the Institute and in front of a sizable crowd to discuss Grames’s acclaimed novel. Stapinsky, author of the popular historical memoir-cum-murder mystery Murder in Matera, was present in the capacity of interlocutor. The two writers fielded a number of excellent questions from the audience. Buy The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna here. Buy Murder in Matera here.

New Episode of Italics: Who Are the “Real” Italians?

Our latest episode of Italics is up now. Click here to watch.

In the studio with us this month are Dr. Stefano Albertini, clinical professor of Italian in New York University’s Department of Italian and director of its Casa Italiana, and Rossella Rago, host of the popular web TV series “Cooking with Nonna.” We will discuss today the notion of what constitutes “Real” and Non-“Real” Italians, a discussion that is long overdue, some might say.

Italics is hosted by Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College/CUNY and Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures.

Italics is now in its third decade serving the Italian-American community and those interested in Italian-American history and culture. Italics is co-produced in collaboration with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

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Artist John Avelluto’s Exhibition “Goombarooch Resignified”

Visual artist John Avelluto revels in mash-ups of sounds, images, products, and ideas where Italy and the United States converge. His multimedia work plays with Italian American culture and the existing linguistic and visual repertoire of vernacular references that have gone underappreciated and unexamined. It stands at a crossroads of what in Italian is referred to as contaminazione, those hybrid moments and places where ideas and idioms collide across ever-shifting borders to create innovative articulations. As part of the artistic process, this Brooklyn-born and raised artist employs a time-consuming method of layering numerous coats of acrylic paint to create strata of simulacrum imitating salami slices, dripping pizza, and other items that he augments and then applies to a flat surface.

On view May 7–September 13, 2019
GALLERY HOURS: MONDAY–FRIDAY, 9AM–5PM
Exhibition Opening: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6pm

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Conference Keynote: “Signing Italian/American Cinema: A More Focused Look”

Dean Anthony J. Tamburri delivers the conference keynote address, “Signing Italian/American Cinema: A More Focused Look,” to an overflow audience of conference attendees.

You can watch all the sessions of this year’s event, Eye-Centricity and the Visual Cultures of Italy and Its Diaspora, via the following links:

Architecture and Site-Specific Viewings

Signing Italian/American Cinema: A More Focused Look

Depictions on Canvas

Marketing Politics, Consumerism, and Tourism

Procession and Progression in the Mezzogiorno: Illuminating the Many Faces of the Mother

6 Seeing Is Believing

Spiritual View(ing)s in Italian American Writing and Visual Arts

Sonorities and Resistances

Illustrating Identities

10  Cinematic Takes

 

Nota bene: Not every session will be livestreamed as some participators have opted out of the livestream.

 

Click here to read the complete conference program.

Anthony J. Tamburri and the Calandra Institute Receive Friend of NOIAW Award

Photograph by Italics, Calandra Institute

On Saturday, April 13, Dr. Donna Chirico, dean of York College, CUNY, on behalf of the National Organization of Italian American Women presented Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute with a Friend of NOIAW Award. In the audience were numerous luminaries including, but not limited to, New York First Lady Matilda Cuomo, Italian Consul Genral in New York Francesco Genuardi, and the two honorees for 2019 Sandra L. Depaolo and Dr. Judith A. Salerno. Incoming CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez congratulated all the honorees, via letter, saying of the Institute, “I am especially pleased to congratulate Dean Anthony and the Calandra Institute. … The Institute is well-known for its quality research and events that enrich our understanding of and appreciation for all things and people Italian–including the many Italian women and women of Italian heritage who make outsize contributions to society.”