Joseph Sciorra is the Associate Director for Academic and Cultural Programs at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, City University of New York. He will be a Research Fellow at the Bard Graduate Center from February through June 2014. Sciorra received his B.A. in Anthropology and Art History from Brooklyn College, his M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University, and his Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, including “Graces Received: Painted and Metal Ex-votos from Italy” (2011); “Chist’è New York: The Mark Pezzano Collection of Neapolitan Sheet Music from New York” (2009); and “Architecture of Devotion: Italian American Religious Expression in New York City” (2005). His book-length publications include Graces Received: Painted and Metal Ex-Votos from Italy: The Collection of Leonard Norman Primiano, co-editor, Rosangela Briscese (Studies in Italian Americana 4; New York: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 2012); Italian Folk: Vernacular Culture in Italian-American Lives (New York: Fordham University Press, 2011); Sacred Emblems, Community Signs: Historic Flags and Religious Banners from Italian Williamsburg, Brooklyn (New York: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 2003); and R.I.P.: Memorial Wall Art (New York: Holt, 1994). While in residence at the BGC, Sciorra will work on a project focusing on historical ephemeral art and architecture created specifically for religious feste (street feasts) in New York City and other parts of the country.
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