Lecture and Photography by Anita Sanseverino
You are cordially invited to attend a lecture and DVD based photo presentation on the centuries-old tradition of Carnevale by acclaimed photographer Anita Sanseverino at the Italian American Museum this Thursday, February 12th. Authentic Venetian carnival masks from Anita's own collection will be on display as well.
Carnival masks are the hallmark of il Carnevale di Venezia, which began in the 13th Century, and the wearing of masks and costumes was well established by 1436, when mask makers or mascareri were officially recognized with their own guild. Historically, masquerading was a shared practice among Venetians, regardless of social stature. It was the “great equalizer” of its day. The average citizen found that by wearing a mask they could be anyone they wished to be, regardless of their social status; by being hidden behind the mask, they could escape the restrictions of Venetian society.
Anita’s vibrant and beautifully photographed essay of Venetian masks presents viewers with a visual perspective of the famed revelry and rituals of the Carnevale. With the breathtaking city of Venice as her backdrop, her well-timed camera records many faces of mystery. Lone figures that haunt, romantic couples that shout their closeness with coordinated ensembles, individuals who surrender to a united theme—all are among the thousands of free-spirited actors playing out their fantasy roles on the Carnevale stage.
Thursday, February 12th, 6:30PM
Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
(Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets)
New York, NY 10013
Suggested donation of $10 per person
For reservations, please call the
Italian American Museum at (212) 965-9000
For information on the Museum's Travel Program, please call Jeannie Russo-Winner at (718) 597-1414
or email: JRusso-Winner@ItalianAmericanMuseum.org
The IAM is chartered by the University of the State of New York and has a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS.