Etruscan Connections in the Hill Towns of Central Italy
featuring the World Premiere of METHLUM, a short film by Grimanesa Amoros
and a presentation by Kit Coty "Exploring the History and Mysteries of The Etruscan Landscape and 'Rock-Cut' Environment"

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 pm PT via Zoom

The second of our 40th Anniversary Celebration and Membership Drive Virtual Events will feature the World Premiere of METHLUM, a short film by the acclaimed interdisciplinary Peruvian-American artist and past Civita Institute Northeast Chapter Fellow Grimanesa Amoros with music performed by the renowned Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing.

To help explain the context of METHLUM, the evening will include a presentation about the history, culture, landscape, and “rock-cut” subterranean environment of Tuscia (the ancient region of the Etruscans) by Civita Institute 2011 University of Washington Rome Center Alumni Fellow Kit Coty.

The film and presentation will be followed by a short but lively discussion between Grimanesa and Kit, moderated by Civita Institute Board Director Steve Butler, plus a Q&A session to round out the event.

Event Admission

$45   May 20 Virtual Event
$75   Three 2021 Events (including May 20)

$75   for 1-yr membership to the Civita Institute + May 20 Virtual Event
$125 for 1-yr membership + Admission to three 2021 Virtual Events (including May 20)

Please RSVP by May 18. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the event. Questions? Email us at

SERIES SUBSCRIBERS: if you have purchased a Series Admission to our four 2021 Virtual Events, you are already pre-registered for this event and will automatically receive the Zoom event link. If you have any questions about your Series purchase or if the email you registered with has changed, please email us at

Fundraising proceeds from this virtual event, part of our year-long 40th Anniversary Membership Drive, support our facilities and programs, the restoration of our centuries-old “Cantina” space, and other initiatives at the Civita Institute in Italy.

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(below) CETHA © Grimanesa Amoros

METHLUM (video trailer)


Grimanesa Amoros is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York City, known for her large-scale light sculpture installations and videos. Her art conveys a sense of ephemeral wonder, entrancing viewers from different backgrounds and communities. METHLUM—an Etruscan word for geographic “district"—was inspired and created during her stay in Civita di Bagnoregio in 2019. While there, one of her light sculptures, CETHA (shown below) was installed and displayed in Palazzo Colesanti. Read more about Grimanesa and her work here.

Kit Coty is a cultural historian and doctoral candidate whose research has focused on the “rock cut” culture of Italian hill towns with a particular emphasis on the town of Bomarzo and its Sacro Bosco (Sacred Wood)—home to the mysterious Parco dei Mostri (Park of the Monsters).

Eldbjørg Hemsing is well known in her native country of Norway since her solo debut with the Bergen Philharmonic at the age of 11. Today, she counts amongst the leading violinists of the younger generation with a wide range of repertoire from Bach, Beethoven and Bartók to the modern composer Tan Dun. She has released two CDs and recently won the Spelleman prize (Norway’s equivalent of the U.S. Grammy awards) for one of her recordings. Her short performance of Borgström Elegie can be viewed here.