“Apulia Then and Now” exhibit on view in Westchester

The Westchester Italian Cultural Center in Tuckahoe, NY, in collaboration with the United Pugliesi Federation, is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibit “Apulia Then and Now,” an evocative journey through the heritage, traditions and flavoring of the Region of Puglia.

Known as “the heel of Italy’s boot,” this charming region, situated in heart of the Mediterranean, is a land rich in history, culture and traditions. It has been the bridge to the Orient since the dawn of time, and was the crossroad among different cultures and civilizations. Remains of these ancient civilizations are still visible in the Apulian countryside while renaissance and baroque art is present in the cities and villages’ historical buildings as a representation of different artistic manifestation of faith.

The ancient origins of this region are enhanced by its diverse and breathtaking landscapes. This is the land of sun, sea and wind, where the rural countryside is dotted by ancient olive trees and medieval towns are built on cliffs overlooking the sea.

On exhibit are images of the feasts of patron saints, local festivals and historical re-enactments that renew ancient customs and traditions annually. The collection, “Santi di Puglia” (“Saints of Puglia”), has been curated by Cristina Marvulli with the participation of sponsoring Pugliese towns of Acquaviva delle Fonti, Adelfia, Altamura, Bari, Bitonto, Fasano, Novoli, Scorrano, Taranto and Trani.

A collection of the famous handcrafted earthenware, “Whistles of Rutigliano” by artist Vito Moccia, is on display. These works of art are a testimony to how the historic craftsmanship still lives on in the splendid artistic creations made today.

The photographic collection, “A Taste of Puglia,” by photographer Sabino Parente pays tribute to the beauty of this undiscovered land between the blue sky and the turquoise sea. Parente, a photographer and graphic designer, was born in Bari, the capital of Puglia, and his highly acclaimed photo-realistic photography without artifacts won him many awards such as the 2013 – National Geographic Best of Travel 365, photo included in the worldwide selection.

The exhibit will be on view through June 7, 2014. For details click here.

(Photo “Ulivi” by Sabino Parente)

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