After an extended exhibit from James Prosek, the Bellarmine presents a collection of touching candid photographs in a show called “From Italy to America: Photographs of Anthony Riccio.” A full slate of activities complements the show, on view Feb. 1 to March 30.
This exhibition documents “il senso di quotidianità,” or the sense of timeless daily rituals, in the less-traveled regions of southern Italy, in Boston’s North End, and in New Haven. Candid portraits taken by Anthony Riccio in the streets and in humble walk-up apartments provide visual biographies that honor the immigrants’ experiences in Italy and the New World.
The free events include:
- Gallery talk by Riccio on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and Monday, March 19, both at 5 p.m.
- Book talk and signing, co-hosted by Chef Silvio Suppa and Riccio, at university’s new bookstore in downtown Fairfield, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27
- Lecture, panel discussion and reception featuring the Italian-American visual artist B. Amore at Bellarmine Hall 6 p.m. Thursday, March 8
- Lecture by Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri, professor and dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY), “Italian(American)s in/and the Media: How They See Us, How We See Us,” 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in DiMenna-Nyselius Library
- Special weekend hours on Saturday, Feb. 11, noon 5 p.m., with activities for children ages 4-10 from 1 to 4 p.m.
- Exhibition programming also includes two events that will require paid tickets: a screening of “The Golden Door,” 2007, on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Quick Center. The film, which documents a family’s emigration from Italy to New York in the early 20th century, will be introduced by its star, Italian actor Vincenzo Amato. Also scheduled for the Quick Center is an evening with humorist Dr. Regina Barreca of UConn, Sunday, March 4, at 6 p.m.