Leaders of Talking In times of economic crisis, Italians might have to downsize in certain areas… but never mobile phones. A recent report by the European Union on telecommunications showed that, compared to the U.S.’s 84% cell phone penetration, Italians are at 119% market penetration. The visual evidence is everywhere–– churches, restaurants, openings. During the […]
The Farewell of a Lifetime The gracious and elegant documentary about the fashion designer Valentino was a surprising box-office hit when it opened in New York in March 2009, after premiering in the Venice Film Festival in 2008. Valentino: The Last Emperor touched upon more than the fashion designer’s glamorous career and opulent lifestyle. On […]
LA DOLCE…GRAFICA DESIGNER GIULIO IACHETTI CURATES AN ILLUSTRATED TOUR OF RECENT ITALIAN ICONOGRAPHY. BACI PERUGINA, THE VESPA SCOOTER AND THE STOVETOP ESPRESSO MAKER ARE RECREATED IN LIGHTHEARTED DRAWINGS BY THE ARTISTS “ALE+ALE.” ACCOMPANYING EACH ILLUSTRATION ARE DESCRIPTIONS BY TOP ITALIAN INDUSTRIAL AND GRAPHIC DESIGNERS, INCLUDING ALBERTO BASSI, ALESSANDRO GUERRIERO AND CHRISTINA MOROZZI.
Italy in America, via WWW www.i-italy.org What started as a group project at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of the Queens College of New York has developed into something far more ubiquitous and impactful: the web community of i-Italy.com. Its bilingual bloggers, multimedia content and social networking site captured the attention of the […]
Debate Society Squares the Business of Art vs. the Business of Money: Artists and financiers discuss ethics in their respective markets
The following is an excerpt from the debate entitled “ The Art Market is Less Ethical Than the Stock Market,” sponsored by Intelligence Squared U.S. and held at the Rosenkranz Foundation in New York City. Courtesy Media Transcripts.
Puccini Through Benvenuti’s Lens: In the magnificent movie Puccini e la fanciulla, Paolo Benvenuti unveils secrets, silence and colours of the great Italian composer
by Laura GIACALONE
Sometimes the story preceding a movie– the original glimpse of an idea, the attentive archive research, the choice of characters and settings – is as interesting and compelling as the movie itself. That’s the case of Puccini e la fanciulla (Puccini and The Girl), the last magnificent movie by Paolo Benvenuti and Paola Baroni produced by Arsenali Medicei and the Fondazione Festival Pucciniano. The release of the movie coincides with the 150th anniversary of Giacomo Puccini’s birth and sheds a new light on the Italian composer’s life and genius.
Puccini Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall photos by Vito Catalano The IAF concert “Puccini Intimately” paid tribute to the great composer on the celebration of his 150th birthday. The star-studded audience was treated to an inspired program of music, ranging from rarely-performed gems such as ‘I cristantemi’ to favorites such as the dramatic final […]
The Europe Effect on the U.S. Economy: The balance between radical free markets and widespread government
by Michael DISABATO
There is a significant debate going on in America regarding the future of free market capitalism. The recession is starting to cause the American system of free market capitalism to look unreliable.