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Italian American Museum
'Big Glass in Little Italy'
An exhibition featuring 'Pop' stained glass works
of artist Joseph Cavalieri

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The Italian American Museum will exhibit the work of Joseph Cavalieri, whose creations merge the venerable art of stained glass with contemporary imagery ranging from Jackie Kennedy Onassis to the famed Dakota building. The results are stunning panels ranging in size from 9 x 15 inches to 29 x 41 inches. Ten painted and silk-screened panels are on exhibit. “Big Glass in Little Italy” takes place from July 7 through Columbus Day, October 10 at the Italian American Museum’s gallery, 155 Mulberry St. Regular museum hours are from noon to 6 PM on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Suggested museum admission is $10.
Biography / Artist's Statement:
This is Joseph’s first exhibition at the Italian American Museum. He is 100% Italian American, born and raised in Pleasantville, New York. Cavalieri’s grandparents migrated from Ragusa, Sicily and Naples to settle on Spring Street in Little Italy and East 11th Street, before moving to Westchester.

Cavalieri’s work can be seen in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), and the Leslie-Lohman Museum (NYC). He has produced commissions for private clients in the New York area including a MTA Arts for Transit public art commission at the Philipse Manor Train Station in Westchester, New York. Joseph’s subjects range from depictions of the Simpsons and Jackie O, to portraits of Agnes Moorehead, and Isaac Hayes.

Cavalieri comes from a design background, art directing at GQ and People Magazines. Cavalieri works in a material with a powerful spiritual history: painted stained glass. Since 1997 Joseph has taught workshops around the world, and has been invited to over twelve artist residencies. In 2015 he was the keynote speaker for the Glass Society of Ireland Conference. His aim is to merge contemporary imagery with the time-honored processes of painted stained glass. This technique was originally created by Medieval stained glass artists, and uses enamel paints which are made of ground glass, metals and pigment. These paints are applied to the glass surface then kiln fired at a temperature of 1300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 degrees Celsius). Once cooled the glass is soldered together with lead. Most of Joseph’s work is set into wall hung stainless steel light boxes with internal LED lighting.

Joseph has a BA from the School of Visual Arts, studying with Paula Scher and Milton Glazer, and has studied with Kazumi Ikemoto, Klaus Moje, Erica Rosenfeld, and Toby Upton at Urban Glass.

Joseph Cavalieri


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