Fairfield University to hold photography exhibit
Fairfield University's Bellarmine Museum of Art will exhibit a selection of works by photographer Anthony Riccio in its newest exhibition, "From Italy to America -- Photographs of Anthony Riccio," from Wednesday through March 30 in its gallery, 1073 N. Benson Road.
The exhibit will feature 26 black-and-white photographs by Riccio, in addition to audio clips he recorded of his subjects reminiscing about the changes they experienced in their lives, according to a university news release.
For the past four decades, Riccio, born in New Haven in 1952, has documented the experiences of Italians and Italian-Americans in Southern Italy, Boston's North End and New Haven's Little Italy. He has published two books, "Boston's North End: Images and Recollections of an Italian-American Neighborhood" and "The Italian-American Experience in New Haven: Images and Oral Histories."
He also co-authored "Cooking with Chef Silvio: Stories and Authentic Recipes from Campania" in collaboration with Silvio Suppa, a chef at Cafe Allegre in Madison and Woodwinds Restaurant in Branford.
The audio clips will be available in the gallery using smart phone technology and also posted at www.fairfield.edu/museum.
The exhibition was originally conceived by Mary Ann Carolan, chairwoman of the university's Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and director of its Italian Studies Program, who proposed integrating Riccio's photographs into her course on the Italian-American experience.
The exhibit also will include the following events at the school's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts:
A screening of "The Golden Door," a 2007 film written and directed by Emanuele Crialese. The work documents one family's emigration from Italy to New York in the early 20th century. The showing, to be introduced by its star, Italian actor Vincenzo Amato, will take place Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
An evening with humorist Regina Barreca March 4 at 6 p.m.
For ticketing information for these two events, visit www.quickcenter.com.
Free events will include:
Gallery talks by Riccio Feb. 8 and March 19.
A book talk and signing, co-hosted by Suppa and Riccio, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road.
A lecture, panel discussion and reception featuring Italian-American visual artist B. Amore March 8 at 6 p.m. at Bellarmine Hall.
A lecture by Anthony Julian Tamburri, professor and dean of John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY, on "Italian (American)s in/and the Media: How They See Us, How We See Us." The talk will take place Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library's multimedia room.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be special weekend hours Feb. 11 from noon to 5 p.m., with family activities for children from 1 to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 203-254-4000, ext. 4046, or visit www.fairfield.edu/museum.