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May 2016

SHOPTALKS

Adam Foley - Homer's Winged Words and Humanist Latinity

  • Monday, 2 May 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

The period known as the Italian Renaissance (1350-1500) witnessed the first Latin translations of Homer that have come down to us today. Those who translated Homer were humanists and they did so in a style of Latin that was reminiscent of ancient Roman oratory. Their translations often read more like an oration by Cicero than ancient epic. This is a very strange thing to do with a text that was produced by oral methods of composition-in-performance at the dawn of Greek civilization. And it is precisely for this reason that humanist translations of Homer have been almost universally denounced as a "failure." In this talk he discusses why humanists translated Homer the way they did. The Iliad and Odyssey, it turns out, were the only texts translated in the Renaissance that were the product of a primary oral culture. For this reason he argues that Homer, more than any other ancient author, is in a privileged position to inform us about the peculiar features of the humanist movement. Though they were only dimly aware of the oral and performative nature of the composition and transmission of the Homeric epos, their translations were nevertheless an unconscious response to the product of a primary oral culture. On the basis of this insight, he proposes to modify the current theory about the origins of the literary culture we have come to know as "humanism."

Adam Foley is the Donald and Maria Cox Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the American Academy in Rome and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame.

Tour

Open House Roma

  • Sunday, 8 May 2016 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
McKim, Mead & White Building
Rome

The American Academy in Rome will be participating in the 5th edition of Open House Roma and will offer guided tours of the McKim, Mead, & White Building, including the Cortile, Salone, Billiard Room, Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library, and Bass Garden.  

Tours are free of charge and registration is required.

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Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

SHOPTALKS

Senam Okudzeto - Afro-Dada-Glossolalia

  • Monday, 9 May 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

This year marks the centenary anniversary of Dada, a movement that began in disgust with the horrors of the First World War. While its earliest protagonists presented absurdist poetry readings at the soirées nègres of Cabaret Voltaire, Dada is historically seen as European and therefore devoid of non-European protagonists. Beginning with the little-known African and Carribean Dada-ists in the early twentieth century, this talk will mix research and practice to explore of missing narratives of modernity and the avant-garde that were produced in direct response to Dada's demand for complete and utter social rupture.

Senam Okudzeto is the Edith Bloom/Jesse Howard, Jr. Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts at the American Academy in Rome and Lecturer at the University of Basel.

SHOPTALKS

Mark Boulos - Screening of Recent Video Works

  • Wednesday, 11 May 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Mark Boulos will introduce and show five recent video works. "Projection: Self-Portrait as my Psychoanalyst" (3 minutes, 2015) is a documentary filmed during a psychoanalytic session. “Antigone” (15 minutes, 2014) is a 3-screen cinema verité documentary about method actresses in Hollywood. “Echo” (6 minutes, 2013) is an interactive installation in which the viewer sees a 3D mirror image of himself with his naked eye, against a background landscape where time is desynchronized and perspective broken. “No Permanent Address” (27 minutes, 2010) is a 3-screen documentary about communist guerrillas in the Philippines. “All That Is Solid Melts into Air” (15 minutes, 2008) is a 2-screen documentary about petroleum, contrasting the trade in oil futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange during the credit crisis, with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, who battle against the oil corporations that colonize their land.

Mark Boulos is the American Academy in Rome - Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts.

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

 

Reading

Peter Schjeldahl - The Critic as Artist: Updating Oscar Wilde

  • Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Napoleon Sarony, Oscar Wilde, Albumen print, c. 1882

In conjunction with the exhibition Studio Systems, an exploration of the status and functions of the artist’s studio in recent art, opening on May 19 at the American Academy in Rome, Peter Schjeldahl, the art critic of The New Yorker, will conduct an informal reading from a recent essay and talk about the changing role of the contemporary critic.

Schjeldahl ranks among the most authoritative and eloquent writers about art in the United States. Before joining The New Yorker in 1998, Schjeldahl, born in Fargo, North Dakota in 1942, published five books of poetry and served as the regular critic for The Sunday New York Times (1969-1975), The Village Voice (1966, 1980-1982, 1990-1998), and 7 Days (1988-1990). His four books of criticism include The Hydrogen Jukebox: Selected Writings (1991), and Let’s See: Writings on Art from The New Yorker (2008). He has also taught a seminar for studio seniors in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. He has received the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing from the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute; the Frank Jewett Mather Award for excellence in art criticism from the College Art Association; the Howard Vursell Memorial Award for “prose that merits recognition for the quality of its style” from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

La lettura sarà in lingua inglese.

You can watch this event live at: https://livestream.com/aarome

EVENTI PER STUDIO SYSTEMS

Lettura
Peter Schjeldahl - The Critic as Artist: Updating Oscar Wilde
12 maggio 2016
ore 18,30, Sala Conferenze

Inaugurazione Mostra
Studio Systems
19 maggio 2016
ore 18,00-21,00, Galleria e Criptoportico

Conferenza
Theaster Gates - Un’orazione sugli edifici
19 maggio 2016
ore 18,00, Sala Conferenze

Performance
Dawn Kasper - Sul desiderio, ovvero IL METODO
26 maggio2016
ore 18,30, Galleria

Performance
Bryony Roberts
16 giugno 2016
18,00-20,00, TBA

ORARI STUDIO SYSTEMS
giovedì, venerdì, sabato, 16,00-19,00
fino al 3 luglio 2016

I visitatori dell'American Academy in Rome sono pregati di mostrare un documento d'identità all'ingresso.  Non è possibile accedere con bagagli o zaini di dimensioni superiori a cm 40 x 35 x 15. Non sono disponibili armadietti né guardaroba.

SHOPTALKS

Jeffrey Cody - Mappa mundi to Muratori: A Journey into Conservation

  • Monday, 16 May 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Saverio Muratori (1910-1973) was a pivotal, sometimes controversial Italian architect whose research about using  ‘typo- morphology’ to study Italian cities after World War II helped other architects understand urban morphology. Jeffrey Cody will explain why Muratori’s approach is helpful today in meeting the formidable challenges of urban conservation, particularly in Asia, where he is involved in training practicing architects and planners. He will also explain how his interest in Muratori also relates to his own ‘morphology’ that led him to become involved in conservation, a field that integrates his lifelong interests in cultural history, archaeology, architecture, and urbanism.

Jeffrey Cody is the American Academy in Rome Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation and Conservation at the American Academy in Rome and Senior Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute.

You can watch this event live at: https://livestream.com/aarome

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Presentation

Anna Deavere Smith - Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education

  • Tuesday, 17 May 2016 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Anna Deavere Smith with Kevin Moore in Baltimore. Photograph by Blake Alcantara

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE TO AAR LECTURE ROOM

In this solo show at the Villa Aurelia, highly-acclaimed actress and writer Anna Deavere Smith performs a staged reading of her work Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, which is part of her series entitled On the Road: A Search for American Character.

One of the United States’ most gifted writers and performers, Anna Deavere Smith is an award-winning actress, playwright and professor. She is best-known for her compelling “documentary theater” style in plays confronting fraught race relations in American cities. These include Fires in the Mirror, a work inspired by the 1991 Crown Heights riot, which premiered at the Public theater in New York in May, 1992, and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, an exploration of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Featuring Smith as the sole performer of multiple and diverse characters and voices, they garnered her the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show two years in a row. In complex, layered monologues, Smith channels “the cacophony of voices at the city’s heart.” As an actress, she has also appeared in several feature films in addition to playing a recurring role in the television programs The West Wing and Nurse Jackie. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, she received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in addition to other awards in recognition of her work in the theater and advocacy of civil rights.

Anna Deavere Smith teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and is Writer in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

Entrance will not be permitted after 6pm.

The performance will be held in English.

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Exhibition Opening

Studio Systems

  • Thursday, 19 May 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AAR Gallery
Rome

Yuri Ancarani, Richard Barnes (Fellow 2006), Anna Betbeze (Fellow 2014), Suzanne Bocanegra (Fellow 1992), Petra Cortright, Marcel Duchamp, Philip Guston (Fellow 1949, Resident 1971), Josephine Halvorson, Dawn Kasper, Bryony Roberts (Booth Family Rome Prize)

Long mythologized as the locus of artistic creation, the studio has undergone a sea change in the past fifty years as artists have reconfigured and diversified the sites of their activity. Conceptual practice since Marcel Duchamp’s Readymades and Andy Warhol’s factory has generated new forms and sites of creative endeavor that often exceed the limits of the studio proper. In 1971, in the heyday of Minimalism, French artist Daniel Buren launched a critique of the double bind of the work of art produced in the studio. Remaining cloistered in the artist’s private realm, the work suffers “total oblivion,” whereas removing it from that sphere alienates from its origins. John Baldessari, in a class entitled “Post Studio Art” offered at CalArts in the early 1970s, went so far as to predict the demise of the traditional studio. In the same period, however, Philip Guston, in paintings such as The Studio (1969), reclaimed the studio as a necessary, if fraught space, central to his self-reflexive, but epic allegorical project. This exhibition aims to plumb some of the tensions governing contemporary studio practice issuing from these respective trajectories.

At the American Academy in Rome – where Guston lived and worked during three important junctures in his career – the studio as a purpose-built architectural space remains a vital locus for fertile artistic exploration and production.  This exhibition will explore the status and diverse interpretations of the studio in line with current modes of production that are often less dependent on a clearly defined studio environment. What does it mean to work in the studio now, as it increasingly cedes its privileged position as the exclusive laboratory for contemporary artistic practice to more mobile, itinerant, digital and global networks?

In conjunction with the Academy’s annual Open Studios, which provides free access to the inner workings of Fellows’ ongoing projects in studios throughout the McKim, Mead & White Building, this focused show will feature ways in which the studio has been constructed, redefined and interrogated in recent art.

Studio Systems is curated by Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome.

The exhibition and catalogue are made possible by the Syde Hurdus Foundation.

STUDIO SYSTEMS EVENTS:

Reading
Peter Schjeldahl - The Critic as Artist: Updating Oscar Wilde
12 May 2016
6:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

Inaugural Lecture
Theaster Gates - The Sermon on the Buildings
19 May 2016
6pm, AAR Lecture Room

Performance
Dawn Kasper - On Desire or THE METHOD
26 May 2016
6:30pm, AAR Gallery

Performance
Bryony Roberts - Corpo Estraneo
16 June 2016
​6-8pm, TBA

STUDIO SYSTEMS HOURS:

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 4pm-7pm
until 3 July 2016

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Lecture

Theaster Gates - The Sermon on Buildings

  • Thursday, 19 May 2016 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Stony Island Arts Bank Exterior, 2015, Chicago, IL. Photo: Sara Pooley. Courtesy of Artist

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has developed an expanded practice encompassing space development, sculpture, installation and performance. Works such as Sanctum (2015), an installation within the bombed-out remains of Temple Church in Bristol, England, and The Dorchester Project in Chicago, have created multi-purpose studio spaces as catalysts for urban regeneration and community building. Through the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates renovated a cluster of formerly abandoned buildings on Chicago’s South Side, transforming them from sites of neglect to a vibrant cultural locus. Revitalized structures now host artist’s residencies, film programming, a listening house and a housing collective. Employing adaptive reuse, and recuperating archival inventory, Gates has set up a collaborative platform for contemporary creativity and community-driven initiatives as the catalysts for cultural and socio-economic renewal.

Gates’ talk entitled The Sermon on Buildings will open the exhibition Studio Systems, which explores the status of the artist’s studio in contemporary art. Long mythologized as the locus of artistic creation, the studio has undergone a sea change over the past fifty years as artists have reconfigured and diversified the sites of their activity. In conjunction with the Academy’s annual Open Studios, which provides free access to the inner workings of the artists’ studios throughout the McKim, Mead & White Building, Studio Systems will feature ways in which the studio has been constructed, redefined and interrogated in recent art.

Theaster Gates is a Professor in the Department of Visual Art and Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. He has exhibited and performed at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany, among others.

The lecture will be held in English.

This event is made possible by the Embassy of the United States of America in Italy.

STUDIO SYSTEMS EVENTS:

Reading
Peter Schjeldahl - The Critic as Artist: Updating Oscar Wilde
12 May 2016
6:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

Exhibition Opening
19 May 2016
6pm-9pm, AAR Gallery

Performance
Dawn Kasper - On Desire or THE METHOD
26 May 2016
6:30pm, AAR Gallery

Performance
Bryony Roberts - Corpo Estraneo
16 June 2016
​6-8pm, TBA

STUDIO SYSTEMS HOURS:

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 4pm-7pm
until 3 July 2016

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Conversations/Conversazioni

Jeanne Gang with Maristella Casciato - Defining Practice Embracing Blur

  • Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome
Studio Gang, Aqua Tower, Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

American architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture, interiors, and urbanism practice in Chicago and New York. Internationally recognized for her innovative use of materials and environmentally sensitive approach, Gang explores the role of design in revitalizing cities. Addressing global issues through local engagement, Gang works with communities and organizations to make more livable spaces that improve our built and natural environments.

Employing this approach, Gang has produced some of today’s most compelling work, including the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, and Aqua Tower. Gang is currently engaged in major projects throughout North America, including the expansion of the American Museum of Natural History in New York; high-rise towers in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago; and a strategic plan for the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Her Studio’s installation Polis Station, a proposal for re-orienting police stations toward their communities, was featured in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, October 2015–January 2016.

Gang will speak with architectural historian Maristella Casciato, Senior Curator for Architecture at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Prior to her appointment at the Getty, Casciato was Professor at the University of Bologna and Associate Director for Research at the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal. She is currently working on a monograph dedicated to Pierre Jeanneret.

Jeanne Gang is the William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

The event will be held in English.

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Performance

Dawn Kasper - On Desire or THE METHOD

  • Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Gallery
Rome
The Science of Failure, 2013, David Lewis, NY. Photography: Adam Reich

As part of the ongoing exhibition Studio Systems, artist Dawn Kasper performs a new, site-specific sound composition and sculptural environment exploring historical references to the philosophy of desire. Using a process-based and itinerant approach (she has worked outside a permanent studio since 2008), Kasper creates a kind of living sculpture she calls the Nomadic Studio Practice Experiment. In 2012 she moved herself and the entire contents of her apartment-slash-studio to the third-floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York for the duration of the Whitney Biennial; she spent the three-month period conducting research, holding studio visits and playing music while the museum was open to the public.

In creating transparent and improvisational works, Kasper discloses the intricacies of her process in front of an audience, conflating the distinction between private and public, preparation and final performance. Conceived expressly for the American Academy in Rome, Kasper’s On Desire or THE METHOD combines sound, improvised movement and a constantly evolving installation made up of props, including musical instruments and recording devices, as well as the data she accumulates during the course of the performance.

Dawn Kasper is an interdisciplinary artist and her work emerges out of a fascination with existentialism, vulnerability, desire and the construction of meaning. She has been featured in exhibitions at The Migros Museum, Zurich (2005); Human Resources, Los Angeles (2011); Tramway, Glasgow (2012); 2012 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2102); AND Collection, Bolzano (2014); Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY ((2015); and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR (2015).

The exhibition Studio Systems will be open from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday 26 May 2016.
 

STUDIO SYSTEMS EVENTS:

Reading
Peter Schjeldahl - The Critic as Artist: Updating Oscar Wilde
12 May 2016
6:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

Exhibition Opening
19 May 2016
6pm-9pm, AAR Gallery

Inaugural Lecture
Theaster Gates - The Sermon on the Buildings
19 May 2016
6pm, AAR Lecture Room

Performance
Bryony Roberts - Corpo Estraneo
16 June 2016
​6-8pm, Piazza del Campidoglio

STUDIO SYSTEMS HOURS:

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 4pm-7pm
until 3 July 2016

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.