Columbus Citizens Foundation Presents: The Art of Being Italian

Steven Maglio, Giardino di Fiori, and Futurismo

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Photo: "Guggenheim Museum" by Kwong Yee Cheng via Flickr

This month, the Foundation invited back famed standards singer, Steven Maglio!  Steven regularly performs at The Carnegie Club on West 56th Street with an eleven piece big band every Saturday night.  Take a look at one of Steven's performances below:

 Steven Maglio at The New York Hilton via and YouTube

Although Steven is not an impersonator, he is particularly famous for his renditions of songs made popular by Frank Sinatra. Steven performed at the Foundation Townhouse once before back in 2012 to a sold-out crowd.  The Membership loved him so much that the Foundation asked Steven to return for another performance with dinner and dancing in a cabaret-style arrangement.  The Townhouse is a beautiful venue, but is obviously much smaller than the Carnegie Club.  Steven used a smaller band and the Members love the more intimate setting this affords them.  To find out more about Steven and hear more of his music, visit his website at

The Ladies Auxiliary also held their annual spring luncheon, boutique and fashion show this month.  This year's event was entitled Giardino di Fiori ("garden of flowers").  Like the Young Adults Auxiliary, the Ladies Auxiliary holds two events a year to fundraise for an Adopt-A-Scholar scholarship in their name.  Their boutique and fashion show at the Townhouse is a huge hit every year, drawing scores of the female Members of the Foundation, as well as their family and friends, to shop at the boutiques and enjoy a special lunch with generously donated raffle prizes.  This year, the fashion show was provided by Babe Rizzuto and Roam Fashions


A view of the dining room decorated for the Spring Luncheon. Photo by Shevett Studios

The Foundation is extremely grateful to the efforts of this organization and congratulate them on another great success!  A special thank you to outgoing officers Nancy Barb, President; Gina Liotti, Vice President; JoAnne Sylva, Secretary; and Maria Gardini, Treasurer, and welcome to new officers Janice Becker-Galli, Kristine Occhicone, JoAnne Sylva, and Lorraine Marchini.


 New Officers JoAnne Sylva, Kristine Occhicone, Janice Becker-Galli, & Lorraine Marchini. Photo by Shevett Studios

The Foundation's Executive House Committee also arranged a private guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum's new Italian Futurism exhibit.

Skyscrapers and Tunnels (Gratticieli e tunnel) by Fortunato Depero via

This exhibit is the first comprehensive overview of Futurismo in the United States. This exhibition examines the Futurism movement from its inception by Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's Futurist manifesto in 1909 through the end of World War II.

 "Italian Futurism at the Guggenheim: Exhibition Overview" via YouTube

From their website:

"Italian Futurism was officially launched in 1909 when Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, an Italian intellectual, published his 'Founding and Manifesto of Futurism' in the French newspaper Le Figaro. Marinetti’s continuous leadership ensured the movement’s cohesion for three and half decades, until his death in 1944.

"To be a Futurist in the Italy of the early 20th century was to be modern, young, and insurgent. Inspired by the markers of modernity—the industrial city, machines, speed, and flight—Futurism’s adherents exalted the new and the disruptive. They sought to revitalize what they determined to be a static, decaying culture and an impotent nation that looked to the past for its identity. Futurism began as a literary avant-garde, and the printed word was vital for this group. Manifestos, words-in-freedom poems, novels, and journals were intrinsic to the dissemination of their ideas. But the Futurists quickly embraced the visual and performing arts, politics, and even advertising. Futurist artists experimented with the fragmentation of form, the collapsing of time and space, the depiction of dynamic motion, and dizzying perspectives. Their style evolved from fractured elements in the 1910s to a mechanical language in the ’20s, and then to aerial imagery in the ’30s. No vanguard exists in a void—all are touched by their historical context. The Futurists’ celebration of war as a means to remake Italy and their support of Italy’s entrance into World War I also constitute part of the movement’s narrative, as does the later, complicated relationship between Futurism and Italian fascism."

The works of Futurism include not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theater, and performance. A few more of these pieces are below:

Paths of Movement + Dynamic Sequences by Giacomo Balla via

Trelsì. . . . Trelnò by Giacomo Balla via

Blue Dancer (Ballerina blu) by Gino Severini via

The special exhibit opened February 21 and will continue through September 1. To learn more about this exciting and unique exhibition, visit the Guggenheim's website at or purchase tickets at

Will you be seeing the new exhibit at the Guggenheim or have you seen it already?  Are you a fan of standards, or have you had the pleasure of seeing Steven Maglio perform at the Carnegie Club?  Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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