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Italian American Museum Announces Faces of ItaliaNY by photographer Salvatore Sparavigna In Honor of Mayor’s Bloomberg’s Fourth Annual Immigrant History Week
April 16th through June 29th, 2007

New York, March 26--In conjunction with the Mayor of New York’s Immigrant History Week, the Italian American Museum will host a photographic exhibition in black and white by Italian photographer Salvatore Sparavigna on April 16th extending through June 29, 2007. Opening reception will be held on Tuesday, April 17th at 6 p.m.

Through various moments of New York’s Italian American communities: from Brooklyn’s playful processions, the elegant women of mundane nights, to the ball room dancing couples of lavish dinners, Sparavigna, through the photographer’s lens focuses on the Italian American “faces”. The enchanting mix that develops when, with an appropriate planning and wise use of a wide-angle lens, the right meeting of different faces is caught. One detects the expression of an ancient cultural identity highlighted through the photographer’s eye, undertaking moves typical of Italians.

Photographer and Journalist Sparavigna states, “In my recent visit to New York, I noticed that in the moments and in many Italian-American community gatherings from the religious processions to festive gatherings, there is an Italian way in meeting, in seeing each other.  Showing, in a glance, our way to be together! Their glances, the way their faces meet and cross reflects their ancient spirit. These stills are moments when ‘real Italian’ mixes between ‘Italian joy’ and ‘American style’.  With a ready and fast lens, I wanted to capture those moments that, isolated in their own quickness is a throwback to a ‘Fellini moment’, showing all that innocent, theatrical soul, typical of the Italians.  This exhibition, in fact, is an opportunity to exhibit exactly, these brazen faces, this "italianità", owners of our origins and our ancient culture.”

Last October, Salvatore Sparavigna displayed a most anticipated photographic exhibit sponsored by the Region of Campania and hosted in New York’s Regione Campania Office entitled, “Il Pose del Café`…a New York” ,  the third part of his series highlighting famous and known Italian Americans, expressing their Italian identity and their love of espresso coffee in the Big Apple.

Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa, President of the Italian American Museum said “We are most please that this talented photographer has come back to share the images he has captured in the Italian American community of New York.” 

The Italian American Museum is the first museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the cultural and social contributions of Italian Americans to the American way of life. The exhibit Faces of ItaliaNY is free and will be open to the public from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment (212-642-2020) at 28 West 44th Street, 17th floor between 5th and 6th Avenues. Major funding for this exhibit has been provided by the Columbus Citizens Foundation. Please visit our website www.italianamericanmuseum.org.

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