November 2017


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

  • Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

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.

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West and has been organized in collaboration with the Rome Art History Network.

The event will be held in English.

L’evento si terrà in lingua inglese.

You can watch this event livestreamed at

Sarà possibile seguirlo in diretta streaming

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.

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.


2017 Fall Gala Honoring Tony Kushner

  • Wednesday, 8 November 2017 - 7:00pm
The Seagram Building
New York

2017 Fall Gala Honoring Tony Kushner
Wednesday, 8 November 2017 - 7:00pm
The Seagram Building
New York

Board Chair Mary Margaret Jones (1998 Fellow)
President Mark Robbins (1997 Fellow)

Co-Chairs Suzanne Deal Booth, Mary E. Frank, John F.W. Rogers, and

Honorary Chair: His Excellency Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States

invite you to Dinner and Dancing at the

AAR Fall Gala
Honoring TONY KUSHNER, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright

and celebrating Rome Prize Fellows
With a short film directed by Michael Rock, (2000 Fellow) 
music by David Lang, (1991 Fellow)

The Seagram Building
99 E. 52nd Street
New York City

Wednesday, November 8

7:00pm Cocktails
7:45pm Dinner

Black Tie

For information, please contact Ariel Lembeck at 212-751-7200 x 351  or 




Emmet Gowin - A Life in Photography

  • Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

In this lecture, the renowned American photographer Emmet Gowin will discuss his art in the context of the Academy’s fall exhibition, Matera Imagined/Matera Immaginata: Photography of a Southern Italian Town.  Since the 1960s, when he first studied photography with Harry Callahan at the Rhode Island School of Design, Gowin has been celebrated for his intimate, deeply moving portraits of his wife and muse, Edith, and for his later landscapes and aerial photographs that highlight the impact of modernity on the natural world.  Matera Imagined features the arresting landscape he took of Matera’s unique urban layout during a family trip to the town in 1980.

Gowin was born in Danville, Virginia in 1941 and earned his BFA in Graphic Design from the Richmond Professional Institute and his MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has received many distinguished awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. His work is included in many museum collections including the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Maison Européene de la Photographie, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Tokyo Museum of Art.

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

L’evento è parte della serie Nuove ricerche sulle arti e sulle discipline umanistiche: oriente e occidente.

The event will be held in English.

L’evento si terrà in lingua inglese.