New ‘House of Music’ Develops in Bologna, Italy

The Music Society of Pieve and Music School in Bologna, Italy now boasts a collection of nine circular, pavilion-like buildings called the ‘house of music’ on its campus.  Set around a piazza, the buildings were designed to be a musical melting pot of sharing and practicing among students. The autonomy of each classroom allows for use of the space all day long. Mario Cucinella Architects (MCA) designed these buildings to be individual elements that have the capability of synthesizing as […]

An ‘Embassy Of Italian Art’ Opens In Cold Spring, New York

Nancy Olnick may live in New York, but she embraces the Italian culture in all aspects of her life. Before she met her Sardininan- born husband Giorgio Spanu in 1989, Olnick collected 1960s Pop art. They took a mutual interest in the Arte Povera movement and began building their collection. This movement originated in Italy. It consists of artists creating artwork using the simplest and poorest of materials – dirt, rocks, branches and rags – to express provocative and sometimes political messages. Olnick describes […]

i-Italy Expands Its Network To Four US Cities

Editor in Chief of i-Italy magazine, Letizia Airos, has announced an expansion of the New York-based magazine of Italian events, affairs and culture to Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. The media enterprise has expanded from their four year long history of covering the New York area only. The goal is a more satisfied, broader network. Philadelphia, Miami, and Chicago won’t be too far behind either. Airos acknowledges that the Embassy of Italy in Washington challenged them to […]

Boston Public Library Returns Manuscripts to Italy

The Boston Public Library plans to return several historical artifacts to Italy after discovering their origins. The items include two manuscripts from the Middle Ages and a collection of works by Renaissance philosopher and scientist Bernardino Telesio. They were purchased legitimately from various rare books dealers and were kept under the stewardship of the Boston Public Library for several decades. The discovery of one item, the Mariegola della Scuola di Santa Maria della Misericordia manuscript, solves a mystery dating back […]

New York exhibit shows the work of Claudia Palmira

Selected works by Rome-based artist Claudia Palmira are on exhibit in her native New York City. The exhibit, titled “Icons/Poetics”, is showing at the Union League Club Gallery until May 31. Sixteen of Palmira’s mixed media, satin on acrylic prints are on view. Palmira, also known as Vice Chairman of the Italian Academy Foundation and editor of its Italian Journal magazine, is a New Yorker who has lived and worked in Rome since 2006, creates mixed media paintings and digital collages. With […]

Milan Exhibition Spotlights New York City

An exhibition at the Museo del Novecento and the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan focuses on depictions of New York City through the eyes of Italian artists. “New York New York. Italian Art: rediscovering America” features works by Italian artists who have used art to express their perception of the United States, and of New York City in particular. Some of the artists have lived in or traveled to New York, but others were simply inspired by their own visions of […]

Mayor of Lampedusa Receives 2017 UNESCO Prize

Giusy Nicolini, mayor of the small Italian island of Lampedusa, was awarded the UNESCO Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize on April 19, 2017. The prize is awarded to a person or organization that has made “a significant contribution to promoting, seeking, safeguarding or maintaining peace”. Previous winners include Nelson Mandela and Francois Hollande. Nicolini received the prize for her work in managing the refugee crisis and shared the prize with SOS Mediterranee, a refuge assistance organization. Since the early 2000’s, its proximity […]

Casa Italiana Hosts Sustainable Fashion Panel

The New York University School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) hosted leaders in the ethical fashion movement at Casa Italiana. The April 5 Panel was titled Sustainability of Ethical Fashion in our Brave New World and was the second panel of an NYUSPS-hosted initiative called Dialogues in Languages and Humanities. The panel, moderated by the founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, Simone Cipriani, focused on brands and designers making a conscious effort to reduce the fashion industry’s role in environmental degradation […]

Renzo Piano Designs Columbia University Expansion

Columbia University is set to unveil two new buildings in a campus expansion designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The new campus, located in the Manhattanville (or West Harlem) neighborhood in New York, is the university’s largest expansion in 100 years. Columbia hopes that the Manhattanville expansion will allow for a greater integration of the university and the New York City community. Piano, who designed the buildings with “the DNA of West Harlem” in mind, is a world famous architect […]

Gala Benefit Dinner Celebrates 40 years of La Scuola D’Italia

La Scuola D’Italia Guglielmo Marconi hosted a gala benefit dinner on March 24 to celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary. Founded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1977, La Scuola is a Pre-K—12 bilingual school in Manhattan and is the only school in North America to offer a bilingual curriculum in English and Italian. The gala celebrated the school’s accomplishments and unique vision, as well as the achievements of successful Italian-Americans, such as honoree Mauro Porcini, Chief Design Officer […]