June 2nd: Republic Day Every year on June 2nd, we celebrate Festa della Repubblica in Italy. This date reminds us that between June 2nd and 3rd of 1946, Italians were asked to vote in an institutional referendum to choose between a monarchical and republican form of government—a decision that formed the Republic of Italy. Read a historical reflection by the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, Fabio
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From May 29th: "Afrodite Piange" by Salvatore Garau In front of Federal Hall and a few steps from New York Stock Exchange, “Afrodite Piange” by Salvatore Garau will be born, the third in a cycle of seven “immaterial” works that will be installed in as many cities around the world. Realized thanks to the support of the Italian Cultural Institute of New York,
May 27th: in Memory of Carla Fracci The New York Times defined Carla Fracci as "The Duse of Dance", a star of Italian dance who during her long career graced the most important stages in the world. Today, at the age of 84, one of the greatest dancers of our time on an international level has left us after having dedicated her life
From May 22nd: The Influential Muses - Barry X Ball, "Pietà" Art historian Laura Mattioli, president of the CIMA-Center for Italian Modern Art in New York, presents for the Gallery in the "Stanze Italiane" a series of exclusive video lectures entitled "The Influential Muses" on twentieth and twenty-first century American artists who have had contacts with or made references to the Italian cultural
From May 15th: Dante in a Graphic Novel George Cochrane, American artist and illustrator, has created a version of Dante's Comedy inspired by the iconography of Graphic Novels. Luigi Ballerini interviews him. The conversation also includes an overview of preparatory materials, drafts of the book and illustrations that allow us to delve into its cultural references. Find out more
From May 8th: the "Tour of Italy" On the occasion of the Giro d’Italia, “Tour of Italy”, (May 8th - May 30th 2021), the “Italian rooms” will open a space throughout the duration of the competition, where related texts, videos, and stories will be shared. We will begin on Saturday, May 8th with a text on the relationship between Italy and the “Pink
From May 5th: Napoleon's Piano Two hundred years after Napoleon's death, pianist Costantino Mastroprimiano - one of the most famous performers on period instruments - guides us through the laboratory of Ugo Casiglia, Maestro harpsichordist and restorer of keyboard instruments in Cinisi (PA). We will learn the secrets of early keyboards and listen to the timbral nuances of ancient instruments, which are impossible
From May 5th: The Sound of the Emperor Guest of the Library of the Italian Rooms is Pianist Costantino Mastroprimiano for the two hundredth anniversary of Napoleon's death. A concert with period music and instruments to discover the taste and sounds typical of the early 19th century. The program includes sublime but little-known pages by Giovanni Paisiello, Ludwig van Beethoven, Philipp Jakob Riotte.
From May 5th: Napoleon and Manzoni 5 May 1821 - 2021 Video interview by Fabio Finotti with Luca Badini Confalonieri, Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Turin and Manzonian scholar, on the occasion of the two hundredth anniversary of the writing of the ode "Cinque Maggio" by Alessandro Manzoni. Badini Confalonieri helps us discover themes and connections in Manzoni's ode that
May 1st: Labor and Workers' Day Today is May 1st and in Italy we celebrate Labor and Workers' Day. Watch the video by director Fabio Finotti, IIC of New York, where he shares some reflections on the concepts of "otium" and "negotium", on the history of this anniversary between Italy and the United States and on the centrality of work in the Constitution