Sunday, February 25, 2024

CARNEVALE DI VENEZIA presentation at the Italian American Museum



carnevaleLecture and Photographic Presentation 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 on Tuesday, March 31st.  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.

Tuesday, March 31st, 6:30PM

Italian American Museum

155 Mulberry Street

(Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets)

New York, NY 10013

Suggested donation of $10 per person

RSVP Code: Carnevale0331

For reservations, please call the

Italian American Museum at (212) 965-9000


email: [email protected]

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