As a graduate assistant at the Fine Arts Library, I often evaluate new books that come into the library to help determined where they should be placed (stacks, Special Collections, the catalogue raisonne section, etc.). In the process of evaluating a newly received shipment, a book came across my desk that gave me pause. Page four of the recently acquired Next Stop: Italy stated that 2013 was the year of Italian culture in the United States. With my curiosity piqued, I went in search of information on what exactly it meant to be the year of Italian Culture.
Bianca Sforni, Supernatura IV, 2012, carbon fresson print, page 63 of Next Stop: Italy.
Renato D’Agostin, Paris from the project “Metropolis, 2006, silver gelatin print, page 39 of Next Stop: Italy.
According to the official website for the Year of Italian Culture it is
“A year long journey: the Year of Italian Culture in the United States. A journey that will communicate and promote our Country, engage and enthuse Americans, strengthen the bonds that unite us and create new ones. A journey that will reveal today’s Italy, its brilliance and its excellence anchored in the present and driven by an unparalleled past, it will present an Italy of innovation moving forward, engaged in projects and looking ahead. The concept of 2013 as a showcase of Italian culture and what it means to the American public is an ideal opportunity to promote Italy as a whole in both the cultural thematics and the economic features of the Italian Brand.”
Events will take place throughout the United States celebrating the art, music, language, literature, theatre, design and food of Italy.
Art is a great way to explore the history and influence of Italy to the country itself as well as to the rest of the world. Browsing through the results from a subject search Italy in the Fine Arts Library will give you an understanding of the size of its impact.
These two books in particular, in addition to Next Stop: Italy offer information about the transmission of Italian art:
Artistic exchange and cultural translation in the Italian Renaissance city by Charles Dempsey
Cultural exchange between the Low Countries and Italy, 1400-1600, edited by Ingrid Alexander-Skipnes.
The exhibition catalog Follow your shade: young Italian artists, edited by Chiara Bertola and Dede Auregli for the Galleria d’arte moderna show in Bolgna, Italy demonstrates that Italy continues to have a strong presence in the art world.
Additional materials on Italian culture can be found by browsing through the items from the Italian Culture subject search on the new IUCAT.
More information about this celebration can be found on the Italian Embassy to the United States’ Italy in the US 2013 website.