The following essays are by Steve Acunto.
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While “Village” and “Union” have come to attach themselves locally to the name Peter Cooper, this distinguished honorary member of The Union League Club (admitted in 1863) might have the words “inventor” and “industrialist” more properly linked to his name and to the great fortune his diligence realized. Surely that distinction was not lost on […]
When the Holy Father selected Francis for his Papal name, he presented to a world in conflict the image of one of history’s great healers, one of the few figures who can easily be identified and characterized universally as a sainted apostle of peace, St Francis of Assisi. The Saint journeyed East and West to […]
Taken from a Gallery Interview with Stefano Acunto at the Guggenheim Museum on the opening of the landmark Futurist Exhibition. Mr. Acunto, whose collection of Futurist art travels regularly to museums across the country, is a principal sponsor of the Guggenheim show. The world was changed as never before, or so it seemed. There were no […]
The following is the introduction to the catalog accompanying the show Futurism: Concepts and Imaginings at the Boca Museum of Art, Florida: January 10 – March 30, 2014. The last thing that an Italian Futurist artist would countenance was art criticism that idealized their art or “embalmed” it in complex abstractions that they felt were […]
For one, I have always found it striking that at the end of a very difficult boxing match the two protagonists would generally hug each other out of respect for having waged a significant battle, no matter what the outcome. As a young man, I had several amateur fights and know first hand how challenging it is to face […]
“Many Minded” is how Homer, the first poet of Western Civilization, has been described: “many minded” – it’s Yeats’ expression for the incredible variety, depth and scope of the poet’s work. We may confidently apply that same epithet to Shakespeare, Goethe, Dante, Ovid, Virgil and, in modern times as well, to Verdi for the qualities […]
by S. Acunto 2 March 2012 The past has not deceived us. We have all read revolutionary literature from Greek, Roman and Christian times through to Nietzsche and his “revaluation of all values” and right up to the long line of artistic manifestos of the 20th century, starting with the Italian futurists in 1910. […]
Prepared for The Italian Academy Foundation, Inc. founded 1947 © 2011 Research report prepared by: Mika Roinila, PhD September 14, 2011 ITALIAN ACADEMY FOUNDATION, INC. The Italian Academy Foundation, Inc. (IAF), established in 1947, is a non-for profit 501©(3), tax-exempt corporation that pursues a unique form of cultural diplomacy, presenting Italian realities to U.S. […]
Annual Keynote Address to The New York State Historical Association marking the opening of the Fenimore Cooper Museum’s landmark exhibit “America’s Rome: American Artists in the Eternal City 1800-1900.” This essay is also published as a hardcover book (Capolavori, Inc. 2009) and is available for individual printing on Lulu. (Visit webpage). 16 July 2009 O Rome! […]