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May 2013

Exhibition

Wendy Artin and Seamus Heaney - Stone From Delphi: Watercolors and Poems

  • Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AAR Gallery
Rome
Wendy Artin, Orpheus and Lyre, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

In conjunction with Irish Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney's visit to the American Academy in Rome as William B. Hart Poet-in-Residence, the AAR will present an Art Gallery show based on the Arion Press (San Francisco) fine arts letterpress edition entitled Stone From Delphi, featuring Heaney's poems on Classical subjects accompanied by watercolors by American artist and AAR Advisor Wendy Artin. As critic Helen Vendler makes clear in her introductory essay to that volume, Virgil, Ovid, Horace, Sophocles and Aeschylus have all been important influences on Seamus Heaney; the 49 poems included in the volume are drawn from 17 of Heaney's books, from 1966 to the present. Wendy Artin's 35 meticulous and virtuosic watercolors of Classical statues embodying subjects referred to in Heaney's poems renew the ancient conversation between the visual arts and poetry.

This exhibition has been made possible with the support of Arion Press. Artwork by Wendy Artin, Orpheus and Lyre, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

The exhibition will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4pm to 7pm until June 3, 2013.

RELATED EVENTS
7 May 2013
Round-table: Seamus Heaney and His Italian Critics, Editors and Translators
Casa delle Letterature - Piazza dell'Orologio 3
www.casadelleletterature.it

9-10 May 2013
Literary Event: Ovid Transformed: the Poet and the Metamorphoses, Readings and Conversations
9 May at Casa delle Letterature - Piazza dell'Orologio 3
www.casadelleletterature.it
10 May at American Academy in Rome

16 May 2013
Reading: Seamus Heaney Reads From His Poems
American Academy in Rome

Literary Event

Ovid Transformed: The Poet and the 'Metamorphoses', Readings and Conversations

  • Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 5:00pm to 9:30pm
  • Friday, 10 May 2013 - 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Casa delle Letterature and AAR
Rome

The work of the Roman poet Ovid (43 BCE- 17/18 CE), and in particular his long poem the Metamorphoses, has had a greater impact on Western art in all genres than that of almost any other Classical author. But for contemporary writers, it is not only his compendium of myths, but also the trajectory of his life, beginning as Rome's most celebrated and urbane poet and dying an exile at the outer edge of the Empire, that has resonated powerfully as a song of change. Leading writers of poetry, drama and fiction will gather with scholars to read from their translations and reimaginings of Ovid's myths and discuss his legacy to literature and art, including his influence on Shakespeare and the Renaissance.

Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Simultaneous translation will be available for the conversations.

This program is made possible through generous gifts by Mrs. Nancy M. O'Boyle and by the Syde Hurdus Foundation, and with the support of the Casa delle Letterature di Roma Capitale and the British School of Rome. Collaborating institutions include the Keats-Shelley House.  

9 May 2013 - 5:00pm
Jane Alison, Alice Fulton, Stephen Greenblatt, Philip Hardie, Seamus Heaney, Karl Kirchwey, Christopher Martin, Alessandro Schiesaro, Ramie Targoff and Timberlake Wertenbaker
Casa delle Letterature - Piazza dell'Orologio 3
www.casadelleletterature.it

10 May 2013 - 5:30pm
Jane Alison, Frank Bidart, Lucy Corin, Jessica Fisher, Philip Hardie, Jhumpa Lahiri, James Lasdun, Christopher Martin and Marina Warner
American Academy in Rome - Villa Aurelia

RELATED EVENTS
7 May 2013
Rount-table: Seamus Heaney and His Italian Critics, Editors and Translators
Casa delle Letterature - Piazza dell'Orologio 3
www.casadelleletterature.it  

8 May 2013
Exhibition: Wendy Artin and Seamus Heaney - Stone From Delphi: Watercolors and Poems
American Academy in Rome
Show runs through 3 June 2013; gallery hours Fr, Sa, Su 4pm- 7pm.  

16 May 2013
Reading: Seamus Heaney Reads From His Poems
American Academy in Rome

Photo: Baldassarre Peruzzi, Diana and Actaeon, fresco. Stanza del Fregio, Villa Farnesina, Roma. Courtesy of the Archivio Villa Farnesina Roma. 

Panel Discussion

Arms and America: Gun Violence in the United States in Global Perspective

  • Tuesday, 14 May 2013 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome

 

Conversations That Matter is a series of public programs that builds on the innovative but often-specialized work that takes place in the studies, studios, lecture hall, library, and auditorium of the American Academy in Rome. The series invites participants to communicate the general relevancy of their work to an audience that reaches beyond the scholarly and artistic fields of the American Academy. The aim of the program is to engage a diverse external audience in the Academy’s ongoing scholarly and creative dialogue.

The topic for this seventh installment of the series Conversations That Matter is "Arms in America: Gun Violence in the United States in a Global Perspective." American Academy Director Christopher S. Celenza, FAAR’94 will introduce New Yorker writer and Harvard Professor Jill Lepore, who will address issues on gun violence, gun lobbies and the 2nd Amendment in the United States and the United States' role as a global military power. The audience will be asked to participate in the ensuing discussion.

Jill Lepore is David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, Harvard College Professor, and chair of Harvard's History and Literature Program at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. Lepore's research focuses on the histories of war and violence and of language and literacy.

The principal language of the discussion will be English. Simultaneous translation into Italian will be available. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. A reception will follow.

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Literary Event

Seamus Heaney Reads From His Poems

  • Thursday, 16 May 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
McKim Mead & White Building Cortile
Rome

In conjunction with the Art Gallery show Stone From Delphi, featuring watercolors by AAR Advisor Wendy Artin and poems by Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney gathered in a fine arts press edition of the same title published by the Arion Press (San Francisco), Seamus Heaney will present a public reading, in English, of his poems on Classical subjects, including "Undine," "The Stone Verdict," "The Death of Orpheus," the splendid Chorus to Man in Heaney's translation of Sophocles' Antigone entitled The Burial at Thebes, and "Actaeon," a poem inspired by the late Titian painting of the hunter transformed into a stag and destroyed by his own hounds in punishment for spying on Diana at her bath. Virgil, Ovid, Horace, Sophocles and Aeschylus have all been important influences on Seamus Heaney, and poems on Classical subjects can be traced throughout his work from 1966 to the present. The show Stone From Delphi exhibition will be open before, during and after Seamus Heaney's reading.

Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. A reception at the Irish Embassy (Villa Spada) will follow the reading. Reservations are necessary.

This program is made possible through the support of the Irish Embassy in Rome.

***This event has currently reached capacity and we cannot accept additional RSVPs at this time.***

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RELATED EVENTS
7 May 2013
Round-table: Seamus Heaney and His Italian Critics, Editors and Translators
Casa delle Letterature - Piazza dell'Orologio 3
www.casadelleletterature.it

8 May 2013
Exhibition: Wendy Artin and Seamus Heaney - Stone From Delphi: Watercolors and Poems
American Academy in Rome
Show runs through 3 June 2013; gallery hours Fr, Sa, Su 4pm- 7pm.

9-10 May 2013
Literary Event: Ovid Transformed: the Poet and the Metamorphoses, Readings and Conversations
9 May at Casa delle Letterature - Piazza dell'Orologio 3
www.casadelleletterature.it
10 May at American Academy in Rome

Photo: Jemimah Kuhfeld

Conference

Ritual Matters: Material Residues of Ancient Religions

  • Friday, 17 May 2013 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Scholarship on ancient religion has traditionally relied on visual and literary representations of cult to reconstruct the details, procedures and characteristics of religions and their practices. This one-day conference shifts the focus away from deliberate representations and towards the material evidence, focusing on the artifacts, residues, tools, instruments and monuments themselves as the lens through which we can illuminate religious activity in the ancient Mediterranean world. It invites an interdisciplinary panel of international scholars addressing diverse religious practices and groupings across the Mediterranean from the Archaic to Late Roman periods, through, for example, faunal remains, votives, cult statues, amulets and curse tablets.

There will be a round-table discussion on the morning of Saturday 18 May from 9am to 12pm in the Lecture Room of the American Academy in Rome. If you would like to participate, please contact Jennifer Knust or Claudia Moser.

Benefit

2013 McKim Medal Gala

  • Monday, 27 May 2013 - 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome

The American Academy in Rome honors Maestro Bernardo Bertolucci

Valentina Moncada Di Paternò, Dinner Chairman

Honorary Dinner Chairmen
The Honorable and Mrs. David H. Thorne
Mercedes T. Bass

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The McKim Medal was established by the Trustees of the American Academy in Rome to honor an individual whose work internationally -- most particularly in Italy and in the United States -- has contributed significantly to the arts and humanities, and whose life exemplifies creative and intellectual exchange across the arts, scholarship, language, and culture. The Medal is awarded annually at a gala in Rome.

The net proceeds from the event allow Italian artists to join the Academy community as fellows, and also support an exchange program in the humanities with the Scuola Normale di Pisa. The almost 50 Italian fellowships that have been awarded since the first McKim Medal Gala in 2005 are a vital aspect of the Academy’s mission: to support innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community.

The Medal, named for Charles Follen McKim (1847-1909), noted architect who established the Academy in 1894, was designed by Cy Twombly.

For information please contact Inga Clausing at +39 06-5846-474, or write to i.clausing@aarome.org

McKim Medal Laureates are:
2012   Riccardo Muti, conductor and music director
2011   Luigi Ontani, artist
2010   Miuccia Prada, fashion designer
2009   Ennio Morricone, composer and music conductor
2008   Franco Zeffirelli, producer and director
2007   Umberto Eco, writer
2006   Cy Twombly, artist
2005   Renzo Piano, architect

Open Studios, Concert, Reading

Fellows' Annual Events

  • Tuesday, 28 May 2013 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2013 - 9:00pm
  • Thursday, 30 May 2013 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia & AAR
Rome

Three days in late May—Tuesday the 28th, Wednesday the 29th, and Thursday the 30th—see one of the Academy’s oldest and most consistently rewarding traditions, the annual presentation of work by current Rome Prize Fellows in the American Academy’s School of Fine Arts.  

On Tuesday 28 May (6-9pm) the Academy’s Open Studios in the McKim, Mead & White building offer the public an opportunity to see the studios of the current Rome Prize Fellows in the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, and Visual Arts. On Wednesday 29 May (9pm), the Academy’s Villa Aurelia provides a spectacular setting for a Concert with music composed by the two Rome Prize Fellows in Musical Composition. And on Thursday 30 May (6pm) the Villa Aurelia is again the setting for a Reading by the two Rome Prize Fellows in Literature.

For the Concert and Reading, seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You are kindly requested to take your seat 15 minutes before the beginning of the event.

View the School of Fine Arts Index 2012-2013

Here is a list of events and participants of AAR School of Fine Arts events for 2013:

OPEN STUDIOS
Tuesday 28 May from 6pm to 9pm, McKim, Mead & White Building, Via Angelo Masina, 5

Erik Adigard, Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize
Ross Altheimer, Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize
Polly Apfelbaum, Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize
Nicholas Blechman, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize
Pablo Castro Estévez, James R. Lamantia, Jr., Rome Prize
Carl D’Alvia, Henry W. and Marian T. Mitchell Rome Prize
Francesco Faccin, Elsa Peretti Italian Affiliated Fellow in Design
Elizabeth Kaiser Schulte, Booth Family Rome Prize
Randall Mason, National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize
Karen M’Closkey, Garden Club of America Rome Prize
Glendalys Medina, John Armstrong Chaloner/Jacob H. Lazarus-Metropolitan Museum of Art Rome Prize
William O’Brien, Jr., Founders Rome Prize
Tommaso Pincio, Italian Affiliated Fellow in Literature
Valerio Sannicandro, Marcello Lotti Italian Affiliated Fellow in Musical Composition
Eugenio Tibaldi, Cy Twombly Italian Affiliated Fellow in Visual Arts
Nari Ward, Chuck Close Rome Prize

CONCERT
Wednesday 29 May at 9pm, Villa Aurelia, Largo di Porta San Pancrazio, 1

Anthony Cheung, Luciano Berio Rome Prize
Jesse Jones, Elliott Carter Rome Prize

READING
Thursday 30 May at 6pm, Villa Aurelia, Largo di Porta San Pancrazio, 1

Lucy Corin, John Guare Writer’s Fund Rome Prize, a gift of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman
Jessica Fisher, Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, a gift of the Drue Heinz Trust/American Academy of Arts and Letters

The open studios are made possible in part by a grant from The Cowles Charitable Trust. The concert is made possible by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Fromm Music Foundation, Herman Goldman Foundation, Estate of Kent W. Kennan, FAAR’39, and Janice and George Scantland. These Arts events are also supported by the Syde Hurdus Foundation.