Next Stop: Italy

2017, Cincinnati
Presented by the Hon. Consulate of Italy in Cleveland & Ohio 

A journey to discover Italy, its brilliance, innovation, and excellence anchored in the present and driven by an unparalleled past. This exhibition encourages reading and art appreciation through the pairing of the works of 12 celebrated Italian photographers: Gabriele Basilico, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Mario Cresci, Renato D’Agostin, Andrea Galvani, Luigi Ghirri, Mimmo Jodice, Nino Migliori, Francesco Nonino, Bianca Sforni, Franco Vaccari and Paolo Ventura, with lines written by unparalleled poets Ugo Foscolo, Giacomo Leopardi, Mario Luzi, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Eugenio Montale, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Cesare Pavese, Sandro Penna, Salvatore Quasimodo, Amelia Rosselli, and Giuseppe Ungaretti.

Photography in Italy seems, more than ever, to be in harmony with the times, capable of integrating the dominant characteristics of the present of the era. The gift of the image and the brevity of verse join as protagonists in this innovative exhibition to show America the special all-Italian relationship between tradition and renewal, past and future.  The original images, selected by the exhibition’s curator with the Library of Congress, have been acquired and will remain in the Library, that immense and captivating “hard-drive” of the American people.