On Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum will host an artists' opening reception for "Piccole Belle Cose 2014," a show of "Small Beautiful Things" by members of IAVANET (Italian-American Visual Artists' Network).
The IAVANET artists, who had their inaugural exhibition at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in 2010, will return with another diverse selection from the group's painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, and installation artists. These works, in their various media, encompass a full range of expression–from pure abstraction to representations of various aspects of the Italian and Italian-American experience, including themes of family life, religiosity, and pop culture.
Founded in 2007, the artists of IAVANET work to promote greater awareness of the works of well-known as well as emerging Italian-American artists, and collaborate with literary and performing artists of shared heritage on multi-media events.
The organization has also established a mentoring program for young Italian-Americans who aspire to a life in the visual arts field, and a program to reach out to visual artists in Italy for dialogue and mutual studio exchange.
Admission is free. After the opening, "Piccole Belle Cose 2014" can be seen during regular museum hours with paid museum admission of $5 (members are free) through March 29, 2014.
TERZA DOMENICA HERITAGE SERIES - "Italianate Architecture on Staten Island" - SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 AT 2PM
On Sunday, January 19, Staten Island historian Barnett Shepherd will offer a presentation "Italianate Architecture on Staten Island."
Inspired by Italian Renaissance town houses found in Florence, the Italianate style of architecture was popular in mid-19th century America, and features heavily cut stone work, elaborate window and door surrounds, projecting eaves and elaborate cornices at the roofline.
American architects of the 19th century adapted these features for both public and domestic buildings–Buildings A and E at Sailors' Snug Harbor were built in this style in 1879 and 1880, and there are many private houses in the Italianate style on Staten Island. Examples include 66 Harvard Avenue, built around 1850, and the imposing Gustave Meyer House at 2475 Richmond Road in New Dorp.
Since he moved to Staten Island in 1972, Barnett Shepherd has worked at the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, where he specialized in Staten Island's historic architecture; founded the Preservation League of Staten Island; been Executive Director of the Staten Island Historical Society; spent many years researching the history of Sailors' Snug Harbor and published many books and articles on Staten Island's architecture and history. He has also taught Staten Island history, and researched the historic building of St. Paul's Avenue in Stapleton for Historic District designation. And his interest in historic architecture is not just intellectual–Mr. Shepherd resides in the ca. 1835 Judge Jacob Tysen House, a Staten Island Historical Society property located in the Snug Harbor National Register of Historic Places Historic District where he gardens and collects art and antiques.
Admission of $10, $5 for members, includes a light reception.
The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is owned and administered by the Order Sons of Italy in America.
The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum was the home of Antonio Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone, and a refuge to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the legendary hero who championed the unification of Italy. For over 50 years the museum has fulfilled its mission to preserve the legacies of these great men, and to promote understanding of the Italian-American heritage through cultural, artistic and educational programs and classes.
Regular museum hours are 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 per person, members and children under 10 are free. Call ahead for groups of 10 or more. The first floor of the museum is wheelchair accessible, but the restroom is on the second floor. At press time, program funding has been provided through the Order Sons of Italy in America; by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the Office of the Staten Island Borough President, Richmond County Savings Foundation; Northfield Bank Foundation; The Staten Island Foundation; The Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation and by grants allocated by New York State Senator Diane Savino and New York City Council members Vincent Ignizio and James Oddo.