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January 8, 2017

Giovanni Crozzoli, Pebble Flowerpot Artisan

Joseph Sciorra
Courtesy of Joseph “Chris” Crozzoli
Giovanni Crozzoli making pebble-decorated flowerpots in College Point, Queens, sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s.

The ongoing search to document New York City's pebble-decorated flowerpots.

September 14, 2016

WOV-AM’s La Grande Famiglia

Joseph Sciorra
Ad for WOV-AM from 'Divagando' magazine, July 28, 1954.

Written and audio documents for my research and essay on the radio show "La Grande Famiglia."

August 24, 2016

Discovering the Black Madonna Right Before My Very Eyes

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Phoenix Bar, 447 East 13th Street, Manhattan

Learning something new about the historical devotion to the Madonna Nera del Tindari in Manhattan’s East Village.

November 19, 2015

Giovanni Crozzoli, Immigrant Tower Builder

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Detail of Giovanni Crozzoli's tower with creator's name and birth year.

On encountering the creative work of immigrant mason Giovanni Crozzoli of College Point, Queens.

October 23, 2015

Innovation in Tradition: The Columbus Day Giglio Party

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Dancing the giglio on Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, October 12, 2015.

Italian Americans are active agents in the re-imagining and recreation of Italian-American culture.

October 13, 2015

Why I’m Boycotting This Year’s Italian American Studies Association Conference

Joseph Sciorra
NIAF’s brand on IASA conference program.

The 2016 NIAF gala-IASA conference.

March 9, 2015

Andrea Cuomo, Immigrant Pebble Artisan

Joseph Sciorra
A still from "Castle," Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014 election campaign ad.

My on-going research on the Italian-American art of pebble decoration leads me to the father and grandfather of two New York State governors.

June 9, 2014

Giovanni Indelicato, Bootblack Artist, Rediscovered and Reclaimed

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Giovanni Indelicato's decorated shoeshine box, 2014.

In 1942, the Museum of Modern Art exhibited a decorated shoeshine kit—thought to be lost—made by a Sicilian immigrant said to be named Joe Milone. In 2014, the piece of the...

June 23, 2013

Mapping Flowerpots

Joseph Sciorra

Pinpointing a New York City folk art.

June 20, 2013

Mosaic Flowerpots on Film

Joseph Sciorra
Decorated flowerpots from the 1971 film "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight."

A 1971 movie reveals the mother lode of Brooklyn planters.

June 14, 2013

Variations on a Theme

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Decorated planter, 1471 East 31st Street, Flatlands, Brooklyn.

Pattern in the Material Folk Culture of Brooklyn’s Decorated Planters

May 24, 2013

Flatlands Flowerpot Find

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
1293 and 1297 East 52nd Street, off Avenue J, Flatlands, Brooklyn.

More on the continuing saga of the mysterious planters.

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