Experience this stunning exhibition of contemporary mosaic portraits created by the talented young artists of the internationally-known Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli based in Northern Italy. The work of these skilled artists utilizes a mix of found materials and age-old mosaic art techniques to create iconic portraits that offer a fresh take on an ancient medium. Their methods aptly nod to the art of assemblage, a medium embraced by many of the most notable artists from Northern California such as Robert Hudson and Jess. The artists have created 22 mosaic portraits of Italian-American cultural icons of our age. Their choice of subject matter ranges from the well-known Italian-American actor Sylvester Stallone to singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, whose mother is of Italian-Irish descent.
The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Associazione Naonis and the Italian Film Festival. Curated by Guglielmo Zanette, Italian American Icons is a remarkable collection of mosaic portraits that highlight the skill and artistry of these emerging artists. Along with an array of palpable influences—from agriculture, film and business—we celebrate the cultural affinities of Marin County’s Italian heritage through this exhibition.
Mosaics artist residency connects Italy to Marin
MarinMOCA will bring a mosaic artist from the Friuli region to Marin County as part of an artist residency program. The artist, Denise Toson, is a graduate of the Scuola Mosaicisti. She will give art talks and demonstrations during her stay in Marin.
Exhibit Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors 65+ and students 13-25; free for members
Additional support provided by: Fenwick Foundation, Colette and Bob Battaglia, Sue and Joe Carlomagno, Servino Ristorante, Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco
In-Kind donations provided by: Fogolar Furlan Nord California, PromoTurismo Friuli Venezia Giulia and Stacy Scott Catering, The Art of Good Food
Italian American Icons: Mosaic Portraits
September 11, 2021 - November 7, 2021
Docent tours every Wed. at 11am and Sat. at 2pm. Reserve your spot: (415) 506-0137, firstname.lastname@example.org
Iconic portraits that offer a fresh take on an ancient medium