November 27, 2014

Presepio Napoletano at the Italian American Museum with Anita Sanseverino and Lou Barella

Anita Sanseverino with IAM President Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Lecture and Photo Exhibit by Anita Sanseverino
DVD presentation by Anita Sanseverino and Lou Barella

You are cordially invited to attend a lecture and photo exhibit dedicated to the Presepio Napoletano (Neapolitan Nativity Scene) at the Italian American Museum on Thursday, December 4th.  The evening's program will also feature a DVD based presentation with music and photos of Presepi taken by Anita Sanseverino throughout Naples and in the New York area including the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 18th century collection.
Anita Sanseverino loves her Italian Heritage. As a photographer she has documented the beauty of Italy and in recent years, has expanded her art form to include delving into the history of the traditions that make Italian culture so fascinating.  Every celebration has a story, and that includes one of the grandest traditions that continues to this day; that of the Presepio Napoletano. People may be familiar with the “Nativity Scenes” used in their own homes, or have seen the “Angel Tree” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Anita’s photographs and lecture document the process by which these figures for the Nativity Scene are made, and how they evolved over the centuries, including what makes them uniquely Neapolitan.
From views of the religious scenes of the Nativity, to the secular aspects of this tradition, you will see and hear how the Neapolitans shaped the story of the birth of Christ to include their own city.
Anita tells the complete story of the history and the traditions of the Presepio, including the symbolic meanings behind many of the figures and structures. It is a fascinating study of a tradition from the past that still continues to this day and is also a tribute to the city of Naples which elevated the Presepio to the highest art form.
Thursday, December 4th (6:30 P.M.)

Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
(Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets)
New York, NY 10013
Suggested donation of $10

To reserve a place for this event, please call the Italian American Museum at (212) 965-9000 or email: ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com