Jan 20, 2011

Carnevale Coming to Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

Sunday, February 20

For the February Terza Domenica event at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 1 p.m., Anita Sanseverino will present“Carnevale in Venice.” 
The word “carnevale” means “farewell to meat,” and refers to the season of 
Lent when many Catholics and Italians stop eating meat until Easter. The celebration of Il Carnevale di Venezia (Carnevale in Venice) began in the 13th century. By 1436, the wearing of masks and costumes was a well established tradition, and mascareri (mask makers) were officially recognized with their own guild. The mask-wearing custom gained popularity as the “great equalizer”—a time when, behind their masks, average citizens could be anyone they wished to be, regardless of their social status.

Sanseverino’s mission has always been to share the diversity of Italian culture through her photographs. By going beyond the surface to learn as much as possible about the background of her subjects, she enriches her work—infusing a sense of historical context into the images she captures. Using her vibrant and beautiful photographs of 
Venetian masks, Sanseverino will present a unique perspective of the famed revelry and rituals of Carnevale. Her images of romantic couples and lone figures, with the city of Venice as backdrop, clearly illustrate why “a Carnevale ogni scherzo vale” (anything goes at Carnevale).

An award-winning photographer dedicated to the subject of 
Italy, as well as a lecturer and scholar of Italian history and culture, Sanseverino began her career by photographing New York City more than 20 years ago. She is a recipient of the Woman of Achievement in the Arts Award, and has had solo exhibitions at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Wagner CollegeRamapo College and the Columbus Citizens Foundation. Her work highlighting the unique beauty of the Puglia region of Italy was featured in BRIDGE Apulia-USA Magazine. Her photographs are on permanent display at the Frederick Gallery in Spring Lake, New Jersey and at Wagner College, and are held in various private collections in the United States, Italy, and Argentina.
Seating is limited. Admission of $10 for non-members and $5 for members includes a light reception. The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is owned and operated by the Order Sons of Italy in America.

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