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“The Strange Artistic Genius of This People”: Ephemeral Art and Impermanent Architecture of Italian Immigrant Catholic Feste

About this event During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Italian working-class immigrants in the United States staged religious feste (street feasts) in honor of the Madonna and Catholic saints. The feasts’ focus were free-standing, Baroque-style chapels, many reaching four stories high, temporarily erected on city sidewalks to display the image of the feted […]