The end of November marked the start of a six-week program in New York that celebrates Italian design and culture. I Saloni Milano, or the Milan Furniture Fair — sponsored by Federlegno Arredo, an Italian federation of wood and cork furnishings manufacturers; Cosmit, the fair organizer; the Italian Trade Commission; and the Italian Ministry of Economic Development – includes events at 20 Italian furniture showrooms until Jan. 8, as well as two special installations.
On Monday night, “Perchance to Dream,” an exhibition by the artist and director Robert Wilson, opens at Center 548 in Chelsea, where it will run through Dec. 18. In the exhibition, Wilson has installed his video portrait of the Italian ballet star Roberto Bolle on 31 screens in seven different rooms, through which are interspersed pieces of Italian furniture that Wilson chose for their form, shape, color and shadows.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.