Italy: Philadelphia Artists Celebrate 150 Years

April 27th – May 5th, 2011
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 27th, 2011, 6 – 9 pm
Location: The Icebox & The Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia
Hours: Wed – Sun 12-6pm

The Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, in the presence of the Consul General Luigi Scotto, presents:

Italy: Philadelphia Artists Celebrate 150 Years
Curated by Shara Wasserman

From April 27 to May 5, the Italian Consulate of Philadelphia will present Italy: Philadelphia Artists Celebrate 150 Years, an exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of Italian Unity. The program is intended to honor March 17, 1861, that very important day in Italian history when Parliament declared the Regno d’Italia — the Kingdom of Italy — and Vittorio Emanuele II the King. People throughout Italy came out to celebrate the anniversary; it is the intention of this exhibition to allow this celebration to continue in Philadelphia in honor of the residents who trace their heritage to Italy.

The exhibition unfolds in two locations and with a rich and varied program.

On April 27, from 6 –9 pm, the Crane Arts Center – 1400 N. American Street — will inaugurate the video mix Italy: Philadelphia Artists Celebrate 150 Years. This represents a compilation of the works of the 15 participating artists, each present with a two-minute sequence of images or a short film.

Crane Arts presents on April 27, from 8:30 – 9 pm, composer and guitarist Jim Dragoni who will sing “Compie 150 anni” a piece dedicated to the bridge between the United States and Italy through a mix of their national anthems. Studio Director of The Music Studio Jim Dragoni is a veteran performer, teacher and musical technologist. Music lessons, workshops, performances, lectures and master classes are all currently on the program of the Studio, intended as a place where talent and culture are promoted in the community.
On April 28, from 6 – 9 pm, the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia – 150 S. Independent Mall W. – will inaugurate the exhibition Italy: Philadelphia Artists Celebrate 150 Years. The participating artists honor Italy’s anniversary thorough their own personal reflection on Italy and on this historical moment. The show presents works in a variety of mediums – painting, sculpture, photography, drawing – with the intention of displaying a vibrant artistic production.

The participating artists are Stefania Luciani Binnick, Carol Caputo, Nancy Citrino, Rachel Citrino, Anthony Cortosi/Karen McDonnell, John Costanza, Francesca Costanzo, Gerard Di Falco, Ashlee Ferlito, Jon Manteau, Jennifer Martorello, Brigida Michopulos, Francesca Pfister, Glen Sacks, Jacqueline Sandro.

Curator Shara Wasserman is instructor of contemporary art and Director of Exhibitions at the Temple University Rome Campus in Rome, Italy.

Generous support of this exhibition comes from the Italian Consulate of Philadelphia and Temple University Rome.

Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia
150 South Independent Mall West # 1026?Philadelphia, PA 19106-3416?(215) 592-7329
April 28th – May 5th, 2011
Reception: Wednesday April 28th, 6 – 9 pm
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 3.30 – 6.30 pm