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December 21, 2013

The Spectacle of the Nativity in Valenti Angelo’s Art

Laura E. Ruberto
Valenti Angelo
Valenti Angelo's The Bells of Bleecker Street, 1949

The children’s book author and illustrator Valenti Angelo highlights Italian American Christmas Celebrations in his works.

November 18, 2013

Revisiting Southern Italy through the Lens of a Future Anthropologist

Laura E. Ruberto
Frank Cancian
"Lacedonia: Un paese Italiano, 1957/An Italian Town, 1957," photos by Frank Cancian (Delta 3, 2013)

Introducing "Lacedonia: Un paese Italiano, 1957/An Italian Town, 1957," Frank Cancian’s photographs of Lacedonia (AV), repackaged for a new century.

October 22, 2013

“The Mediterranean Came to Flavor My Existence”: Harry Bertoia’s Midcentury Italian American Aesthetic

Laura E. Ruberto
Cornell University Museum
Harry Bertoia, “Diamond” chair for Knoll Associates, originally produced in 1952 (this example manufactured in the 1970s).

Reflections on how Italy shaped (or didn’t) the midcentury modern design of artist Harry Bertoia.

July 30, 2013

Italian American Monuments, Gramsci-style

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Inside the Archive room of the Gramsci Monument, Forest Houses, Bronx, New York City

Upon visiting Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument in the Bronx, passing reflections on impermanence, aesthetics, and what makes something Italian American.

March 20, 2013

Italian American Victrola-Spinning

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Italian American Music Store Labels, Found on 78s and Their Sleeves

From a Massachusetts living room to a California garage—collecting and preserving Italian American soundscapes.

January 9, 2013

An Italian Topography within a California Cemetery

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Italian immigrants' tombstone, Mountain View Cemetery and Gardens, Oakland, California

On the ethnicity of tombstones.