Exhibition Extended through April 2024: “A Legacy of Making: 21 Contemporary Italian American Artists”

“A Legacy of Making: 21 Contemporary Italian American Artists” currently on view at the John D Calandra Italian American Institute in Midtown Manhattan, will run until the end of April, 2024. Curated by Joseph Sciorra and Joanne Mattera, the exhibition features the work of artists based in New York City who are Italian American, or Italian born and and now living here, whose immigrant experience has informed them personally and artistically.
On Wednesday, December 13, artists in the exhibition will be present to speak informally in the gallery about their work, 6:00-7:30. You are invited. Come and see the show and engage with the artists.
. The Calandra Institute is at 25 W. 43 Street, 17th floor, New York City.
. Read a conversation between John Avelluto and Joanne Mattera in Two Coats of Paint: https://twocoatsofpaint.com/…/an-italian-american…
. See a walk-through of the show on Mattera’s blog: https://joannematteraartblog.blogspot.com/…/a-legacy-of…
. Artists were selected from the newly published book Italianità: Contemporary Art Inspired by the Italian Immigrant Experience: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/italianit%c3%a0

Exhibition Presentation Basilicate: A Celebration of Lucanian Culture in the World

Join us for a public presentation of the inspiration and preparation for the upcoming international exhibition Basilicate: A Celebration of Lucanian Culture in the World.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 6:00pm

Speakers about the scope and meaning of this multinational exhibition will include

Mimì Coviello
Centro dei Lucani nel Mondo Nino Calice

Joseph Rinaldi
Federazione Lucana d’America

Anthony Julian Tamburri, PhD
Dean and Distinguished Professor, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

The exhibition will open in August 2024 in Genoa, Buenos Aires, New York, and Montevideo.

Architecture of Shame, the cultural organization curating the exhibition, is developing a variety of creative groups and events to bring increased awareness to the influence of Lucanians across the globe. Projects include: engaging communities to restore, through Rocco Scotellaro’s poems, their still-vital language; cooking workshops to highlight the transmission of Lucanian culinary traditions to new generations; the filming of rituals native to Lucania that are preserved and practiced in their adopted cities, rituals that have survived emigration and been perpetuated for dozens of years; and demonstrating, via photos of diasporic homes, the search for the Lucanity preserved in them.

The project, implemented by the Federation of Lucanians in Piedmont, is coordinated by the Nino Calice, of the Center of Lucanians in the World of the Basilicata Region. This exhibition will be presented across the globe with the help of the presidents and activists of the Associations of Lucanians in the World and, in the case of New York, with the support of the Craco Society and the Federation of Lucanians of America.

Exhibition Opening A Legacy of Making: 21 Contemporary Italian American Artists

Curated by Joanne Mattera and Joseph Sciorra

Exhibition opening takes place on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 6pm.

The work of the twenty-one artists featured in this exhibit offers a richness of form, medium, subject matter, color, and style that is a delight and a revelation to behold. Connections to a discernable Italian art tradition—or for that matter to Italian American aesthetic practices more specifically—vary across the exhibition, ranging from the explicit to the suggestive to the nonexistent.

After the opening on September 27, the exhibition will be accessible during business hours, 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, and is located in the Galleria of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

Image: Claudia DeMonte, Il Corno, 2013