Baltimore’s Little Italy in Focus: Exhibition Features the Photos of Harry Connolly, Through November 23 at Stevenson University

“Guido Lancelotta” by Harry Connolly

Kicking Off Year of Italian Culture Events at Stevenson this Fall

Stevenson University launches its 2013: Year of Italian Culture in the United States cultural celebration with the photo exhibition, “Little Italy, Un Cuore Grande (A Mighty Heart),” featuring the work of Baltimore-based photographer Harry Connolly. The exhibition showcases Connolly’s 16-year endeavor to capture and document the story, people, and personalities of Baltimore’s historic Little Italy neighborhood.

The exhibition will run August 26 through November 23 in the St. Paul Companies Pavilion located on Stevenson University’s Greenspring campus, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153. It is open to the public Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.: and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.

A public reception will be held on Thursday, October 3 from 6-8 p.m., and an art talk will be held on Tuesday, October 22 at noon, both in the Pavilion. The events are free and the community is invited to attend.

Connolly’s photography project aims to preserve images of Baltimore’s Little Italy, a once cornerstone neighborhood that is now under threat of fading from Baltimore’s urban landscape.

“To think that I may be photographing Little Italy’s last hurrah is a mixed blessing. I’m glad I could capture this wonderful secret but sad to see the place and, more importantly, the people, fade away,” said Connolly, who has taken more than 20,000 photos of the neighborhood. “I owe a great deal to all those who let me into their lives. Telling their story is the only way I can repay them.”

Connolly, through photography and film, has spent his professional life documenting distinct aspects of Italian-American culture as well as Baltimore’s culture. His works include “Bocce: A Film” and “Mr. Boh’s Brewery.”

“Little Italy, Un Cuore Grande” is just one program in a series of events taking place this fall at Stevenson in conjunction with the Year of Italian Culture the United States, a nationwide initiative to share Italian culture’s influence on America and strengthen the bonds between the two cultures.

Upcoming Year of Italian Culture events at Stevenson include:

  • “Superstizione” (September 5-December 13, Reception September 5, 6-8 p.m., School of Design Gallery, Owings Mills North campus), which features photography, video, print, and sculpture related to Italian film traditions and superstitions.
  • “Introduction to Italian Opera and Popular Song” (September 11, 1:30 p.m., Inscape Theatre, Greenspring campus), which will present Italian opera arias accompanied with explanatory commentary by Robert Suggs, D.M.A., Professor of Music at Stevenson and conductor of the Greenspring Valley Orchestra.

For more information about Stevenson’s Year of Italian Culture events, visit facebook.com/SUArtEffects; follow us on Twitter @SUArtEffects; or contact Matthew Laumann, Manager of Cultural Programs. Email mlaumann@stevenson.edu or call 443-352-4491 to request a copy of Art Effects biannual guide to arts and culture at Stevenson.

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