June 2016


Fellows’ Concert

  • Tuesday, 7 June 2016 - 6:30pm
Villa Aurelia

The concert features music by Rome Prize Fellows in Musical Composition Christopher Cerrone and Nina Young.

The 2016 Fellows’ Concert is made possible by the Fromm Music Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Andrew W. Imbrie Fund in Music.

Open Studios

Fellows’ Open Studios and Reading

  • Wednesday, 8 June 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
McKim, Mead & White Building

Open Studios 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 and attend a reading by the two Rome Prize Fellows in Literature.

Participants in the Open Studios are: Karl Daubmann and Javier Galindo in Architecture; Lauren Mackler, Woody Pirtle and Maurizio Montalti in Design; Jeffrey Cody and Bryony Roberts in Historic Preservation and Conservation; Alexander Robinson and Thaisa Way in Landscape Architecture; and Mark Boulos, Emily Jacir, Senam Okudzeto, David Schutter, Namsal Siedlecki and Maaike Schoorel in Visual Arts. 

The reading, given by Will Boast and Lysley Tenorio will take place at 8pm in the lecture room.

Additionally, the exhibition Studio Systems will be open. 


2016 McKim Medal Gala

  • Thursday, 9 June 2016 - 8:00pm
Villa Aurelia

The American Academy in Rome honors Patrizia Cavalli and Giorgio Moroder.

The McKim Medal Gala in Rome honors individuals 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 Gala supports Italian artists and scholars joining the Academy community as fellows.

For information, please contact Inga Clausing at:  or +39 06 584 6474.



Patrizia Cavalli Poet
Giorgio Moroder Composer


Ginevra Elkann

Honorary Dinner Chairman

Mercedes T. Bass
Linda Douglass
Valentina Moncada di Paternò

Founding Chairman

Verdella Caracciolo de Benedictis

Dinner Committee

Alessia Antinori
Cynthia Beck
Thomas Blount
Maria Bonmassar
Cornelia Brandolini d’Adda
Marella Caracciolo Chia
Inga Clausing
Suzanne Deal Booth
Emanuela di Lorenzo
Andrea Donzelli
Paola Gaetani d’Aragona
Francesco Gianni
Valeria Giuliani
Eugenio Grippo
Margherita Maccapani Missoni
Pepi Marchetti Franchi
Alessia Margiotta Broglio
Martina Mondadori Sartogo
Antonio Monfreda
Nancy Novogrod
Martine Orsini
Mirella Petteni Haggiag
Fabio Salini
Marie-Louise Sciò
Guido Torlonia
Ines Torlonia Theodoli Clarke
Soledad Twombly


Corpo Estraneo

  • Thursday, 16 June 2016 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Piazza del Campidoglio

Performances at 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm

As part of the ongoing exhibition Studio Systems, this collaborative project between artist/architect Bryony Roberts, current Academy Fellow, and dancer/choreographer Melissa Lohman, transforms the civic space of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome. The center of civic authority in Rome for centuries, the Piazza del Campidoglio has taken shape as a political space through multiple architectural and urban renovations. Responding to the patterned ground of the Piazza--designed by Michelangelo but implemented by Mussolini--the project emphasizes and redirects its orchestration of public movement. Five female dancers orbit the piazza with two-meter long white rods, measuring, extending and disrupting the lines of the pattern in a moving architectural drawing. Their movements play with and against the underlying order of the space, positioning female bodies in roles of drawing and ordering.   

Bryony Roberts is a designer, artist and scholar. She combines strategies from architecture, visual art, and performance to produce transformations of existing buildings. She earned her B.A. from Yale University and her M.Arch from Princeton University, and started her own research and design practice in 2011. Her work has received a Graham Foundation Individual Grant and was featured in the Chicago Architecture Biennial of 2015, in addition to group and solo exhibitions in Rome, Berlin, Los Angeles, Houston, and New York. She has published her research in the journals Future AnteriorLog, and Architectural Record, co-edited the volume Log 31: New Ancients, and recently edited a book titled Tabula Plena: Forms of Urban Preservation published by Lars Müller Publishers. She has taught at the Rice School of Architecture, SCI-Arc, and the Oslo School of Architecture and was awarded the Booth Family Rome Prize in History Preservation and Conservation to develop her work at the American Academy in Rome for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Melissa Lohman is a performer/dancer from New York. She earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2000, and is trained in contemporary dance, ballet, Simonson technique, Afro-Caribbean dance, yoga, Noguchi taiso and butoh dance. In 1995, she began performing as a performance artist, dancer and musician in New York City at venues such as the Knitting Factory, the Living Theater, UCB Theater, CBGB’s and Webster Hall. In 2004, she began training in butoh with Minako Seki and continued her training with Ko Murobushi, Yoshito Ohno, Tadashi Endo and Katsura Kan. From 2008-2010, she danced for and collaborated with Katsura Kan in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She currently lives in Rome, Italy. Since 2010, she has brought her work as a solo performer to Teatro Furio Camillo, Teatro dell’Orologio and Teatroinscatola, Rome, Espace Culturel Bertin Poiree, Paris and La Lupa, Tuscania. In 2013 she co-founded the Rome based company Arcalòh with Flavio Arcangeli, with the support of poet/performer Marcello Sambati (Dark Camera). In 2014-2015, the company was in residence at Rialto Sant’Ambrogio, Rome. Arcalòh created a site-specific performance for the festival "Apparizioni nei Giardini di Castel Sant'Angelo," Estate Romana, 2015.

This project is made possible by the Fellows' Project Fund of the American Academy in Rome.

The exhibition Studio Systems is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm-7pm until 3 July 2016.

Jerome Lectures

Maurizio Bettini - The Invention of a Roman God: Anthropology and Roman Religion

  • Monday, 20 June 2016 - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, 22 June 2016 - 6:00pm
  • Friday, 24 June 2016 - 5:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Statue of Vertumnus, god of the Seasons and master of disguise holding mask, c. 18th c., in the Pinetum at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. ©Foto: Chris Coe.© 2014.

The Jerome Lectures are one of the most prestigious international lecture series for the presentation of new work on Roman history and culture and are presented at both the American Academy in Rome and the University of Michigan. In 2016, the 44th year of the Lectures, noted Classical philologist Maurizio Bettini will discuss the invention and identity of one of the most fascinating gods of the Roman/Etruscan world: Vertumnus, the god of change. Integrating anthropology and the history of Roman religion, Bettini will present three lectures, each of which offers a different view of Vertumnus, the Roman/Etruscan god associated with transformations of all kinds.  

Lecture I
Autobiography of Vertumnus I: The God of Change
Monday 20 June, 6pm
The first lecture centers on a celebrated Elegy of Propertius, in which the god Vertumnus is introduced as a persona loquens reciting a sort of autobiography. Vertumnus describes himself as a god presiding over any possible form of change (vertere = to change): from the turning of the seasons to the ripening of fruits, from the power of diverting a river’s course to the practice of metamorphosis.  

Lecture II
Autobiography of Vertumnus II: The God of Perpetual Metamorphosis
Wednesday 22 June, 6pm
The second lecture questions the identity of Vertumnus, a god defined by maleability. Is Vertumnus the god of a single identity, or does this figure instead possess multiple identities at once? Such questions were integral to Roman society, where social and personal identities existed within a rigid hierarchy.

Lecture III
Many Vertumni: Gods, Grammar and Fractals
Friday 24 June, 5:30pm
The third and final lecture considers Vertumnus in the plural, a proposition first put forward by Horace. Debating the multiplicity of Vertumnus, or Vertumni, this lecture highlights how ancient gods were awarded the privilege of being singular and plural at once, a status that ignores the linguistic categories that grammar imposes on ordinary mortals.

Maurizio Bettini is a Professor of Classical Philology at Università degli Studi di Siena.  He has published extensively on anthropology in ancient Rome (The Portrait of the Lover, trans. L. Gibbs, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1999; Anthropology and Roman Culture, trans. J. Van Sickle, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991) and on the role of myth in antiquity (C’era una volta il mito, Sellerio 2007).  

Thomas Spencer Jerome (1864-1914) was an American lawyer and lover of Roman history who lived on Capri from 1899 until his death. In his will he endowed a series of lectures to be jointly administered by the University of Michigan and the American Academy in Rome and delivered at both institutions. The revised lectures are typically published by the University of Michigan Press.

All lectures will be given in English.
You can watch this event on live stream at:

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.