An exhibit of art by an immigrant, about immigration, circa 1900, by Donatus Buongiorno will be opening on April 11th at the Rectory Gallery of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City. A skilled artist and artisan, Buongiorno had a successful career in two countries. His works are a window into the mind of a man who migrated to America in the late 1800s, while the images express an artistic appreciation for the opportunity to make America his home. The paintings also recall memories of the people and landscapes of his native southern Italy. This exhibit displays samples of Buongiorno’s secular work, easel paintings from private collections, images that capture the same passion for human life seen in his inspirational murals at the church. The exhibition is curated by Janice Carapellucci.
Continuing until May 11, the exhibition is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and on Saturdays (except 4/20) from 1:00 until 4:00 pm. St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral is located at 263 Mulberry Street in New York’s Little Italy.
While in Lower Manhattan, you should also visit The Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood, built in the early 1900s on Baxter Street, which contains 38 Buongiorno murals telling the stories of both spiritual salvation and of immigrants seeking a better life. All photos are courtesy of Janice Carapellucci.