July 2010

July 13, 2010

In Rome, an Open Studio Event by Flavio Favelli, AAR Italian Fellow in the Arts

Born in Florence in 1967, artist Flavio Favelli lives and works in Savigno, near Bologna.

July 01, 2010

In Rome, Taking Stock of a Fast-paced June at the Academy

Today—the first of July—formally starts the term of the new Director of the American Academy in Rome, Christopher Celenza (FAAR’94), as well as the new Andrew Heiskell Arts Director Karl Kirchwey (FAAR’95). Each arrives at the AAR early next week.

June 2010

June 30, 2010

A Salute to Carmela Vircillo Franklin

Reflections from Thomas A.J. McGinn, FAAR’85, and Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge, 2006-2009:

It is difficult for some of us to accept that Carmela Franklin in a very short space of time will step down as Director of the American Academy after serving for five years. I had the good fortune of being present for the greater part of that period, and it is a privilege to write a few words of appreciation, as though my meager prose could do justice to her many and varied accomplishments.

June 26, 2010

An AAR Conference on Freud’s Rome, with Berlin’s Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

On Wednesday and Thursday 23-24 June, the Academy hosted a fast-moving international conference, “Freud’s Rome—Phobia and Phantasy”.

June 01, 2010

AAR Fellows Bielawa and Hammond Present “Chance Encounter on the Tiber” at MAXXI, Ponte Sisto

“Make sure you get a red chair. There are only 100 of them. It’s part of the experience.” That was how an American tourist helpfully explained it to new arrivals as they made it down the long set of embankment stairs at Rome’s Ponte Sisto. The experience in question was “Chance Encounter on the Tiber”, an urban revitalization plan combined with a musical performance composed expressly for outdoor public space. It all went down in two performances on the river walkway on the evening of Monday 31 May.

May 2010

May 28, 2010

From AAR Resident Jessica Helfand, Portraits of the Fellows' Class of 2010

Since the Ides of March, Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel have been Henry Wolf Residents in Graphic Design at the American Academy in Rome. But it was just a few short weeks ago that Helfand—an author, columnist and lecturer on graphic design—took on the enormous task of commemorating in gouache on paper the entire AAR Fellows class of  2010, as well as more than a few members of the staff.

May 27, 2010

Miuccia Prada is Awarded the 2010 AAR McKim Medal

Over 360 guests attended the American Academy in Rome’s McKim Medal Gala, which honored fashion and art powerhouse, Miuccia Prada.

May 24, 2010

Founding the American Academy in Rome, 1894-1897

Visiting Scholar Nancy Austin spent February 2010 at the AAR researching the material traces of the original Academy during its first twenty years, from 1894-1914.

May 19, 2010

A Glimpse into Luca Caminati’s Film Studies

A little over a year ago, Luca Caminati was awarded the Post-Doctoral Paul Mellon/NEH Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies.

May 18, 2010

In Rome, 'Portraits' Exhibition of Photographer Alec Soth Opens at the AAR 21 May

The American Academy in Rome and Gagosian Gallery are pleased to present Alec Soth: Portraits, a selected exhibition of photographs spanning the last twelve years.