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NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932-1960

On view September 6 – December 8, 2018

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (24 West 12th Street)
Mon-Fri 10-6

Grey Art Gallery (100 Washington Square East)
Tue/Thu/Fri 11-6; Wed 11-8; Sat 11-5

Curated by Enrica Viganò
Organized by Admira

Opening Receptions:
Wednesday, September 5, 6-8pm   Grey Art Gallery
Monday, September 10, 7:30-9pm Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò


NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960 poignantly portrays life in Italy through the lens of photography before, during, and after World War II. While neorealism is associated primarily with cinematic and literary depictions of dire postwar conditions, this is the first major museum exhibition to highlight key photographers active at the time. Featuring approximately 175 photographs by over 60 Italian artists, NeoRealismo pairs them with the original publications in which they circulated—illustrated magazines, photobooks, and exhibition catalogues.

The show includes the following series of public programs, featuring panels, film screenings and related exhibitions. Unless otherwise noted, programs are free of charge, no reservations, capacity limited, and subject to change.

Grey Art Gallery, NYU
100 Washington Square East

Thursday, September 13, 6:30pm
With Enrica Viganò, Admira, Milan, curator of NeoRealismo.

Wednesday, September 19, 6:30pm
With Noel W. Anderson, Art & Art Professions (Steinhardt), NYU, who will focus on photography, film posters, and fascism.

Wednesday, October 24, 6:30pm
With J. English Cook, Graduate Curatorial Assistant, Grey Art Gallery, and PhD Candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.



Panel Discussion
Neorealism and Photography: The New Image in Italy
Monday, September 10, 6:00–7:30pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street

Day Trip: Magazzino Italian Art [SOLD OUT]
Saturday, September 15, 9:30 am–5:00pm
2700 Route 9, Cold Spring, New York

Curating Photography Exhibitions
Thursday, September 20, 7:00pm
Silver Center, Room 300 (enter at 32 Waverly Place)

Panel Discussion
Italian Humanist Photography
Friday, November 16, 6:00pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street

Burri, Caravaggio, and Neorealism between Film and Canvas
Wednesday, December 5, 6:30pm
The Institute of Fine Arts, 1 East 78th Street



Obsession (Ossessione) [Visconti, 1943]
Tuesday, October 2, 6:30pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street

The Executioner (El verdugo) [Berlanga, 1963]
Tuesday, October 9, 6:30pm
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South

Rome Open City (Roma città aperta) [Rossellini, 1945]
Thursday, October 18, 6:30pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street

Mamma Roma [Pasolini, 1962]
Thursday, November 8, 6:30pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street

The Earth Trembles (La terra trema) [Visconti, 1948]
Wednesday, November 14, 6:00pm
Michelson Theater, Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, Room 628

Bitter Rice (Riso amaro) [De Santis, 1949]
Monday, November 19, 6:30pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street

The Cow (Gav) [Mehrjui, 1969]
Wednesday, November 28, 6:30pm
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Screening Room (LL2) 255 Sullivan Street

Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) [De Sica, 1948]
Thursday, December 6, 6:30pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street



Postwar Italian Photographs from the Met’s Collection
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
On view: September 18, 2018–January 15, 2019

The New Beginning for Italian Photography, 1945–1965
Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
On view: September 12–November 10, 2018


NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960 is organized by Admira, Milan, and curated by Enrica Viganò. The presentation at the Grey Art Gallery is made possible in part by support from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; Casa Italiana Zerilli- Marimò, New York University; and Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York. Additional support is provided by the Grey’s Director’s Circle, Inter/National Council, and Friends; and the Abby Weed Grey Trust.


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