November 2017


NOW HERE IS NOWHERE: Six Artists From the American Academy in Rome

  • Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - 6:00pm
Italian Cultural Institute
New York City

NOW HERE IS NOWHERE: Six Artists From the American Academy in Rome  

Opening reception: 7 November 2017, 6:00pm
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue

Carl D'Alvia (2013 Fellow)
Jackie Saccoccio (2005 Fellow)
Nari Ward (2013 Fellow)
Giuseppe Stampone (2014 Italian Fellow)
Eugenio Tibaldi (2013 Italian Fellow)
Tomaso De Luca (2017 Italian Fellow)

The exhibition is produced in collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

This event is free to the public, however RSVPs are required:


For additional information, please contact Shawn Miller at: or 212-751-7200 x344.


Richard Powell - Resurrection and Respiration: Two Sculptures by Edmonia Lewis and Francesco Pezzicar

  • Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Francesco Pezzicar, "Statue of 'The Freed Slave'," reproduced in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Historical Register of the Centennial Exposition, 1876"

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.

In the eyes of many art critics who attended the United States' 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – an international event of colossal proportions – two of most noteworthy and controversial art works on display were The Death of Cleopatra (1876) by the Rome-based African American sculptor Edmonia Lewis (c. 1844 – 1907) and The Abolition of Slavery (1873) by the Trieste-based Italian sculptor Francesco Pezzicar (1831 – 1890). While past and present commentaries have viewed the marble and bronze statues independently, and thematically and aesthetically distinct from one another, this talk offers more radical and interconnected interpretations of the two sculptures. Both were created on the Italian peninsula in an atmosphere of lingering doubts about the greater nationalist project that was then underway, and both rendered their respective subjects with an idiosyncratic corporeality that, in tandem with their inferred narratives about the end of slavery and nobility in death, broached more psychological and spiritual concerns. These historical and thematic correspondences argue for an inquiry unbound by stylistic categories or East/West binaries but, rather, considerations of the aesthetic sensibilities and synergies that developed within the post-Risorgimento artistic milieu.

Richard Powell is the James S. Ackerman Scholar-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome in fall 2017. He is Dean of the Humanities and the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University.

The event is organized in collaboration with the Rome Art History Network.

The lecture will be held in English. You can watch it livestreamed 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.