Cultural Activities in NY/NJ

The Inserra Chair is pleased to share a list of a select number of relevant cultural programs off campus in the vibrant Italian region encompassing NJ and NY. Such programs include film festivals, theatre festivals, art exhibits, etc. These activities are listed here to inform our students about activities related to Italian arts and culture in our area. They are not organized by the Inserra Chair.

In sharing information about these events, the Inserra Chair’s goal is to encourage students of Italian to take advantage of and enjoy the unique resources of a city like New York which is one of the most Italian cities outside of Italy.

NYC can be easily reached via direct bus (Decamp 66) or train (NJ Transit) from campus. Click for specific directions by bus and by train.

Annual Programs

In Scena!: Italian Theater Festival NYC in the five boroughs (see specifics for Festival 2017)

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema at Lincoln Center, NYC

Spring/Summer 2017


Marisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Space (Metropolitan Museum, NY, Jan. 24-May 7)

Renaissance Maiolica: Painted Pottery for Shelf and Table (Metropolitan Museum, NY, through May 29)

Renaissance Portrait Medals from the Robert Lehman Collection (Metropolitan Museum, NY, through May 29)

Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974) (American Folk Art Museum, NY, March 14-Aug. 20)
This first monographic museum exhibition on Carlo Zinelli in the United Stated coincides with the 100th anniversary of the birth of this major Italian artist associated to art brut.


Terra dei Fuochi / Land of Fire (environmental performance project blending modern dance, music and documentary theatre, LaMama Theather, NY, March 23-April 2)

Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Should You Do That? (one-man comic show, New Jersey Performing Art Center, NJ, Feb 9-10)


Aida by Giuseppe Verdi (Metropolitan Opera, NY, through April 20)

Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini (Metropolitan Opera, NY, Jan. 9-Feb. 11)

La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini (Metropolitan Opera, NY, through Jan. 14)

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Metropolitan Opera, NY, through May 11)

Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Metropolitan Opera, NY, March 6-25)

I Puritani by Vincenzo Bellini (Metropolitan Opera, NY, Feb. 10-28)

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Vedi (Metropolitan Opera, NY, Jan 20-April 27)

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi (Metropolitan Opera, NY, Feb 24-April 12)


Design Within Reach (Paramus, NJ, look for events about Italian Design)

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