SUNDAY, November 15, 2015
METROPOLIS – An artists’ book with 303 prints by 303 artists from 17 countries
At the November social the book will be unfolded, accordion style, on display in the Friendship Heights Village Center. Professor Romeo Segnan will discuss the background of the preparation of the book, the CIG, and some of the artists. Walterina Zanellati will also speak on the book and the Opera Aperta studio in Venice.
The theme of the artists’ book, METROPOLIS, reflects both an international movement to rethink the experience, functioning and Significance of city life in Venice, the book’s city of origin. Venice has dominated commerce and culture throughout the Mediterranean for over one thousand years and is the mother city (the original meaning of metropolis). It still offers a rich culture and the experience of a car-less, walkable city. Realized at the International Center for Graphic Arts (CIG – Centro Internazionale della Grafica) in Venice, under the guidance of Silvano Gosparini, artists came from all over the world to print and learn Venetian bookmaking techniques. Metropolis was initiated by artist Andreas Kramer (Berlin/Venice).
Following the success of their first book project, Il Libro della Notte, this book employed three times as many artists. The accordion-style book of 303 prints (on Rosaspina Fabriano paper) fully extends up to 60 meters (about 215’ long.) One of the three identical books is being exhibited in Italy and joins the Il libro delle Notte in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Ca’ Pesaro, in Venice. Another one is being exhibited in Europe and is destined for a German museum. The third book is beginning in North America with a showing at the Katzen Rotunda, in conjunction with the 2015 Group 93 exhibit, Solutions.
Katzen Rotunda Gallery
The American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW,
Washington, DC 20016
Parking is free after 6:00 pm and on weekends
The book will be shown on Saturday, October 31and Sunday, November 1
Movie: Once You’re Born You Can No Longer Hide (Quando sei nato non puoi piu’ nasconderti)
Once You’re Born You Can No Longer Hide is a 2005 Italian drama film directed by Marco Tullio Giordana. The film concerns undocumented migration to Italy via the Mediterranean, seen through the eyes of a thirteen years old. A young Italian boy, Sandro, accidentally falls overboard while yachting with his father on the Mediterranean. He is rescued by a boatload of undocumented immigrants attempting to reach Italy by sailing across the Mediterranean. On the ship, he is befriended by a young Romanian man, Radu, and his sister Alina. The film follows the relationship of the Italian boy with the Romanian once they reach the Italian shores. The movie director deals with the dilemma that Italians and now the Europeans are confronted with daily: to help and accept persons that are like us, or to act according stereotypes, judging negatively the unfortunate migrants crowding immigration centers and abandoned buildings in the outskirts of cities. The film has an open ending. It is up to the spectator to be like Sandro, moved by sentiments of friendship toward Alina, or be like the ones that see the immigrants as a danger to society.
Kids Movie: Cattivissimo Me 2
For the former super villain Gru, life has changed dramatically.
Now in his future there are only three sweet little girls who he adopted (Margo, Agnes, Edith) and the conversion of the secret laboratory of the Minions and Dr. Nefario to a valid business producing jams and jellies. For Nefario, however, the renunciation of evil is too great a sacrifice and, with heart and suitcase in hand, he goes on the payroll of another master. Gru, however, is recruited by the extraordinary agent Lucy Wilde, of the Anti Villains League, to pretend to manage a candy store in a shopping mall and so expose the criminal who is going to subject the world to his evil purposes.