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December 24, 2009

Radical Italian American Christmas Cards

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Mock-up for a Radical Italian American Christmas Card Set, the "Holiday Modotti"

Thinking about next year’s holiday cards, I turn to the leftist artists, Tina Modotti and Pietro di Donato.

December 2, 2009

Californians Sell Little Italy, One Crate at a Time

Laura E. Ruberto
(Label image, P.V.)
Angelina Tokay varietal grape label

Fruit and Vegetable Crate Labels in California and the Italian Americans They Created

August 19, 2009

Searching for the Ethnic Angle in John Baldessari’s Art

Laura E. Ruberto
"Lover's Embrace" (John Baldessari)

On a visit to a retrospective of this California artist, I consider traces of the Italian immigrant background in his work.

August 8, 2009

Uncredited Extras: Cinecittà’s Refugees and the Italian American Who Filmed Them

Laura E. Ruberto
Refugees at Cinecitta', Rome, 1944

Jack Salvatori, an almost-forgotten Italian American director, made a film about Cinecittà’s role as a camp for WWII refugees.

July 4, 2009

Excavating New Futures: The Cairano 7x Experience

Laura E. Ruberto
Cairano 7x Poster
Cairano 7x

An ambitious week-long event in a small village in the province of Avellino crossed many boundaries and suggested many new possibilities.

June 18, 2009

La Ruota della Fortuna, Niki de Sainte Phalle's take on an Italian Garden

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Il Giardino dei Tarocchi

Looking at the undercurrents of Italian migrant identity in Niki de Sainte Phalle’s Giardino dei Tarocchi.

June 6, 2009

Among Roman Ruins, the Italian Communist Party’s School

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
La Scuola di Frattocchie, The Italian Communist Party's Political School, outside of Rome


May 16, 2009

Remembering Maria Margotti (1915-1949)

Laura E. Ruberto
"Per te mondina" (Cgil-funded pamphlet)
Eulogy for Maria Margotti, fallen mondina, May 17, 1949

A rice worker, a partisan, a woman, a mother, Maria Margotti was killed sixty years ago by carabinieri during a strike on May 17, 1949.

April 11, 2009

The Invisible Victims of the Abruzzo Earthquake

Laura E. Ruberto
Samuele Pellecchia/Prospekt, for The New York Times
L'Aquila, The Dome of Santa Maria del Suffragio, destroyed by the April 6 earthquake

An unknown number of documented and undocumented immigrants in Abruzzo have died or lost their homes because of the recent earthquake.

April 4, 2009

Italian American Romance in the Era Before Roe v. Wade

Laura E. Ruberto
"Love with the Proper Stranger" 1963

The 1963 film Love with the Proper Stranger dealt with the limited choices faced by an Italian American woman a decade before abortion was legalized in the U.S.