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Teachers: “NeoRealismo” Offers Experiential Learning for Local Students

Are you an educator — or do you know someone who is?  Now through winter break, arte italia invites you to an engaging and free educational opportunity — a new exhibit called “NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932 – 1960,” which poignantly portrays life in Italy through the lens of photography before, during, and after World War II.

This collection of images forms a memorable narrative that introduces Nevadans to the ancestors of our rich Italian heritage, while also celebrating the many blessings inherent to democracy.

This is an ideal field trip destination or extra credit opportunity for anyone interested in:

  • History
  • Social Studies
  • Civics
  • Journalism
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Film

This is the most comprehensive curated collection of journalistic images from private collections capturing the faces and places of Italy after World War II. NeoRealismo toured Europe to great acclaim and recently made its U.S. debut at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery, then to the Museo Italo Americano in San Francisco — and now to arte italia in Reno.

  • NeoRealismo is an engaging sensory experience for local students, as it features some 110 prints — primarily vintage photographs.
  • These images were captured by more than 50 Italian photographers, and they are paired with the original magazines, photobooks, and newspapers in which they originally circulated.
  • arte italia has also developed an interactive “scavenger hunt” handout that will captivate students, facilitating deeper appreciation of the images and inspiring further reflection.

Also included: film excerpts by such notable directors as Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, and Luchino Visconti, alongside related movie posters.

The exhibit is curated by Enrica Viganò, organized by AMIRA (Milan), and exclusively sponsored by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation.

On View: September 27 - December 29, 2019 
Gallery Hours: Friday - Sunday, 12 to 5 PM 
Admission: Free of charge

Email us at or call 775-333-0313 for educational questions or to inquire about school group visits. Sign up here to receive future educational emails from arte italia.  

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