Past Events

Depero Futurista

421 Broome Street, New York
26 July 2017 / 6:00 pm

The Young Friends of FAI joined the Center for Italian Modern Art for an Italian style aperitivo to celebrate the newly published Bolted Book facsimile – the first exact copy of Fortunato Depero’s 1927 masterpiece of graphic design and bookmaking. Fortunato Depero (March 30, 1892 – November 29, 1960) was an Italian futurist painter, writer, sculptor and graphic designer. In collaboration with the Center for Italian Modern Art, the Mart Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto and Designers & Books.


Memories of Serenissima

686 Park Avenue, New York
22 February 2017 / 6:30 pm

Friends of FAI was delighted to attend a private tour of the “Memories of Serenissima” exhibit at the Italian Cultural Institute. The exhibit, curated by Marco Bertoli, was the last of a three-year project dedicated to 19th Century Italian painting. It showcased a selected group of artworks, dating from the second half of the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.


Book Presentation: If Venice Dies

24 West 12th Street, New York
31 October 2016 / 4:00 pm

Friends of FAI is pleased to co-sponsor a special presentation of If Venice Dies, a book by Salvatore Settis, who will discuss his work with journalist Alexander Stille. Professor Settis’ thought-provoking book examines the challenges faced by Venice as it grapples with mass tourism and preserving its cultural treasures. The presentation will take place at the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.


Young Friends of FAI: Giorgio de Chirico + Giulio Paolini

421 Broome Street, New York
25 October 2016 / 6:30 pm

The Young Friends of FAI are invited to attend a private, after-hours viewing of the Giorgio de Chirico + Giulio Paolini exhibition at the Center for Italian Modern Art. The exhibition will feature an ongoing conceptual work by Paolini, Interno metafisico, as well as a selection of de Chirico’s most iconic Metaphysical masterworks, on view in the U.S.


Young Friends of FAI Event – City of the Soul at the Morgan Library

225 Madison Avenue, New York
12 July 2016 / 5:30 pm

The Young Friends of FAI will enjoy an after-hours, guided tour of the “City of the Soul: Rome and the Romantics” exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum. This groundbreaking exhibition considers the ever-evolving identities of Rome during a pivotal period in the city’s history, 1770–1870, when it was transformed from a papal state to the capital of a unified, modern nation. The exhibition juxtaposes a century of artistic impressions of Rome through a superb selection of prints and drawings by recognized masters such as Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), J.


Beauty at the Cooper Hewitt

2 East 91st Street, New York
4 April 2016

The Young Friends of FAI enjoyed a private, after-hours guided visit of “Beauty” at the Cooper Hewitt. The exhibition “Beauty” celebrates design as a creative attempt to engage mind, body and the senses with a focus on aesthetic innovation. The group had the unique opportunity to view the fifth exhibition in Cooper Hewitt’s renowned Triennial exhibition series featuring four Italian artists: Giambattista Valli, Delfina Delettrez, Formafantasma e Francesco Franchi.


Giorgio Morandi at CIMA Gallery

421 Broome Street, 4th Floor, New York
17 November 2015

The Center for Italian Modern Art hosted the Young Friends of FAI for a private visit of the Giorgio Morandi (1890 – 1964 ) exhibition. Morandi’s innovative plastic research and unique concept of space make him one of themost important and well known Italian artists of the 20th century. The exhibition includes over 40 art pieces by the Italian Modernist, many rarely seen outside of Italy.


Fall lecture: Poggio Civitate

24 West 12th Street, New York
19 October 2015

Friends of FAI in collaboration with New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo`, The Archaeological Institute of America & The Etruscan Foundation, invites you to a lecture on Poggio Civitate, an ancient Etruscan Settlement located near Siena in Tuscany. The excavations on the site, carried out there over the last 49 years, have uncovered the remains of a monumental and richly decorated structure, dating to the 6th century BCE, probably belonged to an elite of Etruscan nobles that had the dominion on the area. The building was systematically destroyed and its inhabitants mysteriously abandoned the site towards the last quarter of 6th century: who destroyed it and why remain unanswered at present.


Alberto Burri – The Trauma of Painting

15 October 2015 / 6:30 pm

The Young Fiends of FAI attended a private, after-hours guided visit of “Alberto Burri, the Trauma of Painting,” the first major US retrospective dedicated to the Italian artist in over 35 years. Best known for his series of “Sacchi” Compositions (1949-1955) made of stitched and patched remnants of torn burlap bags, Alberto Burri is considered one of the most innovative figures in post-World War II Italian art. Bringing together morethan 100 pieces, the exhibition reconstructs all the phases of Burri’s work, from the “Gobbi” (Hunchbacks) and Bianchi (Whites) early compositions of the 1950s, to his last “Cellotex” series, created during the late 1980s.


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