AAR Gallery


Building an Idea: McKim, Mead & White and the American Academy in Rome, 1914-2014

In 2014, the American Academy in Rome celebrates the centenary of its main building, the only project designed by the legendary architectural firm McKim, Mead White in Europe. Marking the occasion, this exhibition of drawings, plans, photographs and other archival material, curated by noted architectural historian Marida Talamona, traces the design, construction and early critical reception of the structure.

nine seventeen: prabhavathi meppayil

Born and raised in Bangalore, India, where she still works, Prabhavathi Meppayil, the daughter of a goldsmith, revisits the problematics and motifs of modernism/minimalism via traditional artisanal practices and techniques. Her paintings in lime gesso inscribed with gold and copper wire, or marked and patterned with goldsmith’s tools, most notably thinnam, interrogate such minimalist trademarks as the grid, monochromy, and serial repetition.

Togli il fermo / Let it go

The exhibition is produced by Riso, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali e dell’Identità siciliana, and conceived by a committee of the S.A.C.S.: Laura Barreca, Daniela Bigi, Valentina Bruschi, Lorenzo Bruni, Giovanni Iovane, Helga Marsala and Cristiana Perrella. It presents new work by seven young Sicilian artists: Giuseppe Buzzotta, Gabriella Ciancimino, Silvia Giambrone, Giuseppe Lana, Filippo Leonardi, Concetta Modica and /barbaragurrieri/group.


The exhibition, promoted by the DEPART Foundation, features work created by artists who live and work in the United States and who use different media, such as painting, photography, graphics, sculpture, installation and video. The exhibition reinterprets the meaning of the word “Americana”, playing with the ideas of patriotism and positivism, concepts that have always been associated with its definition, while offering a more ambiguous and complex meaning.

Wendy Artin and Seamus Heaney - Stone From Delphi: Watercolors and Poems

In conjunction with Irish Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney's visit to the American Academy in Rome as William B. Hart Poet-in-Residence, the AAR will present an Art Gallery show based on the Arion Press (San Francisco) fine arts letterpress edition entitled Stone From Delphi, featuring Heaney's poems on Classical subjects accompanied by watercolors by American artist and AAR Advisor Wendy Artin.

Jason Dodge | Martino Gamper

Sponsored by the Franco Noero Gallery in Turin, this artist-curated exhibition in the AAR Art Gallery and in the Cryptoporticus of the McKim, Mead & White building looks at the everyday world through the work of two artists whose practices are very different but who have in common a fascination with the potential of the Found Object to become something else.  American artist Jason Dodge's installations find new narratives in the insignificance and marginality of objects taken from everyday life (gloves, blankets, pipes, lightbulbs, electrical wires).

Religious Experience in Ancient Rome

Using objects from the Norton Van Buren Archaeology Study Collection of the American Academy in Rome and curated by students from the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS), this exhibit reveals the varieties of ancient religious experience in Rome. From sacrifice to religious games, from the practices of slaves to princes, the objects describe a world of enormous religious variety, in which old and new, local and foreign all coexisted. From images of Isis to votive pigs, the exhibit will include objects never before exhibited to the public.

Brightlight - Darklight (second show)

Two paired solo shows feature four young Italian artists who reflect on the ambiguous nature of our perception of time by means of a metaphor of the two aspects of light: the dazzlement of a summer day and the darkness of night. The artists have been invited to transform the two rooms of the AAR Art Gallery into spaces that permit visitors to experience the show as a process of consciousness, engaging them in a reflection on the ability of art to provoke unexpected reactions and interpretations, thereby changing the banality of the everyday.