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September 2017

Exhibition

A View of One’s Own - Three Women Photographers in Rome: Esther Boise Van Deman, Georgina Masson, Jeannette Montgomery Barron

  • Wednesday, 6 September 2017 - 5:30pm
Arthur Ross Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia

EXHIBITION:
A View of One’s Own - Three Women Photographers in Rome: Esther Boise Van Deman, Georgina Masson, Jeannette Montgomery Barron

INAUGURAL LECTURE:
“A View of One’s Own: Women, Walking, and Photography in Rome” by Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director
Wednesday, 6 September 2017 - 5:30pm

Arthur Ross Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania
220 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA

This exhibition, shown for the first time in the United States, is drawn from the holdings of the Photographic Archive of the American Academy in Rome, and features a selection of photographs by foreign women in Rome from three successive generations. Their work confronts aspects of the Eternal City and its urban transformation over more than a century, from the Belle Époque to the present day. At the same time, it tracks the emergence of photography as an independent medium wielded by women with distinctive viewpoints, as it evolved from a documentary aid to a vehicle for subjective, even gendered expression.

The protagonists are American archaeologist Esther Boise Van Deman, who photographed Rome and its surroundings in the 1910s; Georgina Masson, author of the classic guidebook, The Companion Guide to Rome, that has shaped foreigners’ experiences of Rome since the 1950s; and contemporary photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron, whose images capture glimpses of Rome as seen by an American living abroad in the Eternal City, folding them into a wandering, meditative reverie. Seen in succession against a photographic landscape of Rome defined for the most part by men, these photographs posit another way of seeing the city’s history. Taken by female flâneurs, empirical observations of bricks and mortar progressively dissolve into pure, evanescent experience.

A View of One’s Own is curated by Lindsay Harris, Peter Benson Miller, and Angela Piga. The Arthur Ross Gallery is the exclusive U.S. venue for this exhibition, and was organized by Lynn Marsden-Atlass. It will be accompanied by a variety of related programming, which can be viewed here:  http://ow.ly/t8BG30eOLo6

The exhibition is made possible in part by Richard Baron and Adi Shamir Baron.

Additional support is provided by Mrs. Arthur Ross, the Patron’s Circle of the Arthur Ross Gallery, the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Arts Fund, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

SHOPTALKS

Mark Robbins - Roamin' America

  • Monday, 18 September 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

President of the AAR, artist and architect Mark Robbins (Fellow 1997), presents his work at the intersection of public space, art and urban design and speaks about the role of cultural institutions in a civil society.

The shoptalk will be held in English. You can watch this event livestreamed 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.

SHOPTALKS

John Ochsendorf - Una Volta a Roma

  • Monday, 25 September 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
DronePort, Arsenale di Venezia, 2016 (ODB with the Norman Foster Foundation).

This talk will describe frontiers of intellectual inquiry in three distinct but related fields: the history of construction, historic preservation, and architectural design. A 20-year effort to interpret and explain the structural safety of traditional masonry construction is now leading to new possibilities in architectural design.

John Ochsendorf is the Director of the American Academy in Rome and the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Engineering at MIT. He is the author of Guastavino Vaulting (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) and was lead curator for a major traveling exhibition on Guastavino vaults from 2012-2014. In addition to the Rome Prize (2008), his work has been supported by a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain (1999) and a MacArthur Fellowship (2008). He has collaborated with leading architects around the world and his firm Ochsendorf DeJong and Block (ODB) presented two major projects at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2016. Ochsendorf studied at Cornell (BS), Princeton (MS), and Cambridge (PhD) and has been teaching at MIT since 2002.

The shoptalk will be held in English. You can watch this event livestreamed 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.

Conversations/Conversazioni

Yto Barrada and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi - Reverse Flow

  • Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome
Yto Barrada, Palm Sign, 2011, aluminum, steel, paint, color light bulbs. Photo: Alain Kantarjian.

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

In this conversation, which kicks off the American Academy in Rome’s 2017-18 theme, East and West, a series of events in several disciplines exploring exchanges and conflicts between the West and the Islamic World, Yto Barrada discusses her work with MAXXI curator Bartolomeo Pietromarchi. Barrada studied history and political science at the Sorbonne and photography in New York. Her work — including photography, film, sculpture, prints and installations — began by exploring the peculiar situation of her hometown Tangier. Her work has been exhibited at Tate Modern (London), MoMA (New York), The Renaissance Society (Chicago), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Whitechapel Gallery (London), and the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennale.

She was the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year for 2011, after which her exhibit RIFFS traveled to several cities, including the MACRO in Rome under Pietromarchi’s directorship. Barrada is also the founding director of Cinémathèque de Tanger. A comprehensive monograph of her work was published by JRP Ringier in 2013. She is a recipient of the 2013-2014 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography (Peabody Museum at Harvard University) and was awarded the 2015 Abraaj Prize.

Yto Barrada is the Mary Miss Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the fall of 2017. The event will be held in English.

The 2017-18 Conversations/Conversazioni series is sponsored by The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

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.