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ITALO CALVINO. Quickness, Enchantment, and the Felicity of Storytelling



ITALO CALVINO. Quickness, Enchantment, and the Felicity of Storytelling

The second of a series of events dedicated to the Memos written by Italo Calvino that begun with Jonathan Lethem’s lecture on 'Lightness" and continues with a conversation between Paola Antonelli and Maria Popova on: Quickness, Enchantment, and the Felicity of Storytelling.

In 1984, Italo Calvino was invited to give the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University. Before his death he was able to complete five of the six planned lectures on the imaginative possibilities of language and literature. The lectures, collected as Six Memos for the Next Millennium, are now available in a celebrated new translation by Geoffrey Brock.

Italo Calvino (1923–1985) is considered one of the twentieth century's greatest storytellers. Born in Cuba, he was raised in San Remo, Italy, and later lived in Turin, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. Among his many works are Invisible Cities, If on a winter's night a traveler, The Baron in the Trees, and other novels, as well as numerous collections of fiction, folktales, criticism, and essays. His works have been translated into dozens of languages.

Paola Antonelli is senior curator in the department of architecture and design of the Museum of Modern Art, where she has worked since 1994. She has lectured worldwide in settings ranging from peer conferences to global interdisciplinary gatherings such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, and she has served on several international architecture and design juries. From 1991 to 1993, she was a Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has also taught design history and theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at the MFA program of the School of Visual Arts in New York. A Contributing Editor for Domus magazine (1987‐91) and an editor of Abitare (1992‐94), Paola is also the author of many exhibition catalogues and several titles dedicated to design. The recipient of a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan in 1990, Paola Antonelli is a Senior Fellow with the Royal College of Art, London and received an Honorary Doctorate in Design from Kingston University, London, and from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. She also earned the “Design Mind” Smithsonian Institution’s National Design Award in October 2006, and in 2007 she was named one of the 25 most incisive design visionaries by Time Magazine.

Maria Popova is the founder and editor of an extremely popular blog “brain pickings”. Started in 2006 as a weekly email that went out to seven friends and eventually brought online, the site was included in the Library of Congress permanent web archive in 2012.
Maria describes herself as…”a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large...." She has previously written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.”


Date: Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC

Entrance : Free

Event is now full


Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New York