When: Sat, September 17, 2022 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM PDT - Where: The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, 644 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 As part of the exhibition Woven Lives: Exploring Women’s Needlework from the Italian Diaspora, the IAMLA invites you to a Crochet Circle and Art Performance. The event is an in-person collective...

Our adventures through Italian American California continue, as we make our way up the West Coast to the entertainment capital of the world… America’s Dream Factory… the 500 square-mile beacon of Southern California’s timeless allure that is Los Angeles! From a brief walk through the history of California wine, to one of America’s most unique monum...

It’s reductive to consider Sicilian carts as mere vehicles. These carts are so rich in color and decorations that, according to Marianna Gatto of the Italian American Museum in Los Angeles, they’re best described as “walking books”. For the painter from Palermo, Gianfranco Fiore (who decorates these carts), they represent the most popular, creative...

A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio explores the cultural origins, adaptations, and enduring appeal of one of the most popular characters in children’s literature. Written in 1883 by Italian author Carlo Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio has delighted generations and occupies a revered place in the canon of children’s literature. The book ha...

It was a historic week in Rome and within Vatican City as a delegation of Italian American leaders met with government officials and Pope Francis to advance cultural and religious initiatives — and to set the stage for new economic opportunities — between the U.S. and Italy. The delegation, assembled by Judge Basil M. Russo — who leads The Conferen...

“Growing up in Los Angeles, there were few mirrors for Italian Americans,” recalls Gatto. Italian Americans are typically assumed to be from the East Coast or Chicago. My family arrived in Los Angeles after settling in Colorado. As a kid I couldn’t understand how I fit in the Southern California mosaic, let alone the Italian American mosaic.” In th...

When: Sat, April 23, 2022 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM PDT - Where: The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, 644 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Scholar Joseph Sciorra presents Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women's Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora, an interdisciplinary collection of creative work by 37 contributors. The book...

Before the days of TV, internet and other distractions, many women spent time sewing and mending clothing, making lace, cross stitching, embroidering, crocheting, and doing various other needlework. I am lucky to have had a very creative family, that includes tailors, seamstresses and those who knit, crochet, and embroider. From the time my mom tau...

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles has officially opened a new exhibition, Woven Lives: Exploring Women’s Needlework from the Italian Diaspora, which examines the significance of needlework in the lives of Italian-American women, their families, and communities from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The exhibition, which is open to...

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is pleased to present a new exhibition, Woven Lives: Exploring Women’s Needlework from the Italian Diaspora, which examines the significance of needlework in the lives of Italian American women, their families, and communities from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. On View: January 29 – Oc...