The Indelible Italian Spirit: Profiles of Max Ascoli, Danilo Dolci, Oriana Fallaci, and Niccolo Tucci


Max Ascoli, Italian-born founding editor of the influential American magazine The Reporter; Danilo Dolci, Italian advocate of non-violent protest best known for his work against poverty, social exclusion and the Mafia in Sicily; Oriana Fallaci, internationally acclaimed journalist best known for her uncompromising political interviews; and Niccolo Tucci, a writer of short stories, novels and plays, who arrived in New York as an anti-Fascist Italian immigrant in 1938, were profiled in an exhibition exploring different facets of the Italian spirit.

Max Ascoli's circle of influence was extraordinarily wide-reaching. This is made clear by the correspondence on display: there are letters from politicians, presidents, poets, journalists and scientists. Similarly, Danilo Dolci attracted an international array of supporters ranging from Italian politicians to philosopher Bertrand Russell, scientist Linus Pauling and editor Max Ascoli. Their correspondence, both in English and Italian, was on display as well as photographs of Dolci documenting his various projects. Oriana Fallaci's life and career are represented through a striking collection of photographs. They document both her daily life with her family as well as her professional life: first as a reporter in Milan, then as combat correspondent in Vietnam and as an interviewer of world leaders. Niccolo Tucci is represented through drafts of his pieces that appeared regularly in the New Yorker from 1946 on, as well as through correspondence from friends in the literary world, including E. B. White, Delmore Schwartz and Mary McCarthy, to name a few.

While celebrating the individuality of these four figures, a common thread links them. All were independent thinkers with a passionate commitment to their extremely humanistic causes.


This exhibition is no longer on view.


Niccolo Tucci
Niccolo Tucci