From Italy to America
From March 1 to June 30, 2013
This show celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Italian American community in Greenwich. It includes historic images, objects, memorabilia and documents unearthed from the attics and family coffers of town residents, gathered through a series of events held throughout town at which the public was invited to share family stories and treasures.
The exhibition will also feature video interviews with local residents who will recount memories of the events, traditions and individuals (many whose relatives came as laborers to help build the town’s great estates) that shaped life in the early Italian American neighborhoods and that later came to influence the larger community. The video segments will be produced by TimeStories, a video biography production company founded by Emmy Award-winning creative director Peter Savigny.
Also on view, a complementary exhibition of 26 black and white photographs by Anthony Riccio drawn from his show From Italy to America, originally organized by the Bellarmine Museum of Art (Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut).
Learn more! To see interviews about the exhibition with photographer Anthony Riccio, curator Kathie Bennewitz and archivist Christopher Shields click here.
The Bush-Holley House is currently open to the public through guided tours. The house museum has a dual interpretation including documentation and presentation of two significant periods in the history of the house: the Colonial Period when the Bush family was in residence from 1790 to 1825 and the Cos Cob art colony from 1890 to 1920. Eight evocative, well-documented rooms tell a story of change over time, beginning with the turn of the century and moving backward in time to the Federal era.
Bush-Holley Historic Site is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a partnership of 15 world-class museums and historic sites across the state. Discover collections rich in history and heritage, including European masterpieces, American Impressionism, ancient art and contemporary culture. Visit www.arttrail.org for information about member museums.