Italian Cultural Institute

Italian Types Lecture and Panel Discussion

The Italian Cultural Institute of New York and the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at Cooper Union are pleased to present a lecture and panel complementing the exhibition Italian Types: Graphic Designers from Italy in America. Panel participants include the exhibition curators and publication contributors: Patricia Belen, Alessandro Colizzi, Greg D’Onofrio, Melania Gazzotti, and Alexander Tochilovsky. Opening remarks by Giorgio van Straten, Director Italian ICI.

The Italian impact on American culture is far-reaching and well-documented. Yet, with a few exceptions of some iconic works and  designers, chronicled in the Italian and American graphic design history, most of the work published in the U.S. by Italian graphic designers is less known. From Fortunato Depero’s moving to New York City in 1928 to Unimark International’s work in the 60s and 70s, Italian graphic designers were living and publishing important works in the U.S. The sixteen designers featured (Italian-born and a few “adopted” Italians) contributed commercial graphic design in America during the pre and post World War II eras, from approximately 1928 until 1980. With over seventy original works, the exhibition aims at bringing the due attention to this prolific network of designers who, collaborating together, and with their unique achievements, played a significant role in coalescing modern graphic design in America. Curated by Patricia Belen, Greg D'Onofrio, and Melania Gazzotti. Exhibition on view from March 21 to May 2, 2019 at the Italian Cultural Institute.

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Project: Planet Clean Up - Italian Creators of our Time Series

This conversation, part of the Italian Creators of our Times series, is with Luca Rossettini and Mauro Nardocci, the founders of two companies specializing, respectively, in cleaning the sky, D-Orbit, and the oceans, Seads (Sea Defence Solutions).

The pollution of our planet is one of the most pressing and difficult problems our society is facing. About 8 million tons of plastic enter the sea every year, and at this rate we foresee a future were, in the oceans, there will be more plastic than fish, by 2050. In the skies above us there are at least 7,500 tons of space junk, 'left overs" from old satellites, that represent a serious threat because of the risk of colliding with active satellites and/or space stations.

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Design is One. Lella & Massimo Vignelli

On the occasion of the exhibition Italian Types, on view at the Institute from March 21 to May 2, we present a special screening of Design is One. Lella & Massimo Vignelli, a documentary by Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra.

Co-director Kathy Brew will introduce the film and discuss the Vignellis in conversation with designer Jonathan Wajskol.

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Stop the Pounding Heart by Roberto Minervini

This Italian Documentaries series evening is dedicated to the screening of Stop the Pounding Heart (Cannes Film Festival selection 2013) by Roberto Minervini, with an introduction by Dennis Lim. Documentary film is a genre that represents one of the most interesting and innovative areas of contemporary Italian cinema; Roberto Minervini is among the most distinguished directors, and his films are screened at the most important international film festivals.

Synopsis: Sara is a young girl raised in a family of goat farmers. Her parents home-school their twelve children, rigorously following the precepts of the Bible. Like her sisters, Sara is taught to be a devout woman, subservient to men while keeping her emotional and physical purity intact until marriage. When Sara meets Colby, a young amateur bull rider, she is thrown into crisis, questioning the only way of life she has ever known. In a stunning portrayal of contemporary America and the insular communities that dot its landscape, Stop the Pounding Heart is an exploration of adolescence, family and social values, gender roles, and religion in the rural American South.

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