Italian Cultural Institute
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Matera Imagined

Photography and a Southern Italian Town

Fosco Maraini, Ragazzi di Matera, 1950 ca courtesy of Gabinetto Vieusseux and Fratelli Alinari


Organized by the American Academy in Rome and presented in the US by the Italian Cultural Institute, this exhibition highlights how photography has framed modern perceptions of Matera, a southern Italian town noted for its millennia-old cave dwellings.
A palimpsest of history and traditions characteristic of Mediterranean culture, in the twentieth century Matera was transformed, in the collective imagination, from an ancient backwater at the edge of civilization to a cultural bellwether for the future of Europe.
Matera will represent Europe as Capital of Culture in 2019.

Photos by Piergiorgio Branzi, Esther Bubley, Mario Carbone, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mario Cresci, Marjory Collins, Luigi Ghirri, Emmet Gowin, Fosco Maraini, David Seymour, Augusto Viggiano, Carrie Mae Weems, Dan Weiner, Joseph Williams e Yasmin Vobis.

On view until Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Monday through Friday
10am to 5pm
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