Letter for the “Francesco” exhibit catalog

The following letter by IAF Chairman S. Acunto is part of the Frate Francesco: Traces, Words, Images exhibit co-sponsored by the Italian Academy Foundation, Inc. For more information, please visit the website. When the Holy Father selected Francis for his Papal name, he presented to a world in conflict the image of one of history’s great healers, one of the few figures who can easily be identified and characterized universally as a sainted apostle of peace, St Francis of Assisi. […]

The Italian Futurists

Published as the introduction to the catalog accompanying the show Futurism: Concepts and Imaginings at the Boca Museum of Art, Florida. January 8 – March  30, 2014. The last thing that an Italian Futurist artist would countenance was art criticism that idealized their art or “embalmed” it in complex abstractions that they felt were fit for stodgy academe. The Futurists would have preferred that their shows create noise, demonstrations or expressions in movement that enacted responses to their works, decidedly […]

IAF Chairman’s Remarks at the Verdi at Carnegie Concert

My dear friends: ambassadors, consuls, dignitaries, leaders of the Italian and Italian American community, on behalf of the Italian Academy Foundation, now in our 64th year,  I wish to welcome you all and to thank you for braving what was billed earlier today as a possible Nor’easter….although it has yet to rain! May I begin straightway by expressing our genuine thanks to The Consul General of Italy in New York, Natalia Quintavalle, and Deputy Consul, Lucia Pasqualini, and their colleagues […]

i-Italy Video Interview on Eve of IAF Italian Futurists Show Opening

i-Italy.org interviews Italian Academy Foundation chairman Stefano Acunto on the eve of the opening of Italian Futurists at the NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. Event Information. Full text of the original Futurist Manifesto

Notes Toward an “Apollonian” Renaissance

The past has not deceived us. We have all read revolutionary literature from Greek, Roman and Christian times through to Nietzsche and his “revaluation of all values” and right up to the long line of artistic manifestos of the 20th century, starting with the Italian futurists in 1910. What follows is an exhortation, a slightly revolutionary manifesto itself, inasmuch as it looks back, way back to find a basis for future excellence in art, respecting the past, which, to parody […]

From Hon. Stefano Acunto: Spring 2011

Dear Members and Friends, The Italian Academy Foundation., Inc. has enjoyed an upbeat year in its activities and collaborations, fulfilling our 64-year-old mission of cultural diplomacy between Italy and the United States. During this past year, we have established a collaboration with Maestro Andrea Bocelli, Dr. Fabrizio Michelassi of New York and Dr. Franco Mosca of Pisa to create a documentary film “The Healer’s Art”, reflecting the focus of the Art of Medicine initiative we began this year with Maestro […]