Our kickoff to Italian Style on Screen, presented jointly with the Miami Beach Cinematheque
, features seasoned actor Gregory Peck and ingénue Audrey Hepburn in this classic black-and-white film from 1953. The first American film to be shot in its entirety in Italy, «Roman Holiday» follows an incognito princess as she explores Rome and finds love with an undercover reporter who knows her true identity. Get ready for the Vespa-fueled film journey with a tour of «Made in Italy: MITA Textile Design 1926–1976» at The Wolfsonian at 5pm, followed by the screening at the Cinematheque at 6pm.
$11; FREE* for MBC and Wolfsonian members, seniors, and students | Tickets at http://ow.ly/Q66D30n2ccE
*Optional tour of «Made in Italy» at The Wolf is included in the film admission price.
Art and design, modern industry and handcraft—these were the ingredients brought together by MITA, an Italian firm specializing in carpets, tapestries, and other textiles. Founded in Genoa as the Manifattura Italiana Tappeti Artistici (Italian Artistic Carpet Manufactory) in 1926 by Mario Alberto Ponis, MITA earned its reputation by collaborating with some of Italy’s most talented artists and designers to create carpets inspired by modernist aesthetic trends while employing up-to-date production techniques. After the Second World War, MITA expanded production to include tapestries and fabrics with both abstract and figurative patterns—striking designs that secured lucrative commissions, decorated ocean liners, and were showcased in international exhibitions.
Carpets, tapestries, scarves, and printed fabrics, as well as original design drawings, will showcase exceptional work by designers like Gio Ponti, Fortunato Depero, Enrico Paulucci, Emanuele Luzzati, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Gio Pomodoro, and Ettore Sottsass, Jr., revealing a characteristically Italian approach to industry and design.
«Made in Italy: MITA Textile Design 1926–1976» is organized by The Wolfsonian–Florida International University in Miami Beach and The Wolfsoniana–Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura in Genoa, in cooperation with the Consulate General of Italy in Miami. Additional support is provided by the Consular Agency of the United States of America in Genoa, Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., Blu Logistics Italia Srl, and Dietl International Services.