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ART: “The Sicilian Cart: History in Movement” at IAMLA – Opens June 30

Date 06.15.2017

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, in collaboration with the MUSCÀ Museum, and with the special support of Dolce & Gabbana, is pleased to present, “The Sicilian Cart: History in Movement.”  The exhibition is the first of its kind in Los Angeles and features two original carretti (horse or donkey-drawn carts native to Sicily), which is among the island’s most recognized symbols of folk iconography. The carretto sicilano is an ornate cart that emerged in the early 1800s as a means of transportation. The cart’s illustrations of historic events, literary works, and religious subject matter imparted knowledge to a population that was often illiterate and assisted in the transmission of culture.

The automobile eventually replaced the carretto, but the carts continue to occupy a revered place within Sicilian popular culture and serve as an excellent guide for understanding the island’s history.

With the support of Dolce & Gabbana, whose collections are strongly linked with Sicilian folklore, the exhibit will showcase the carts’ presence in today’s fashion world thanks to the creativity of the Italian luxury brand.