Encounters I

Encounters I 
John Cage / Philip Guston
Eleanor Clark / Eugene Berman
Al Held / Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – 6:00 to 9:00pm 
AAR Gallery
Via Angelo Masina, 5

Encounters II
Julie Mehretu / J. Meejin Yoon
May 2020

In celebration of the Academy’s 125th anniversary, the exhibition Encounters I & II investigates the enduring impact of the city of Rome as a dynamic creative laboratory through a series of interdisciplinary exchanges. Spanning the immediate postwar period to the present day, the results of these collaborations were not always immediately apparent, but their impact continues to resonate throughout the arts and the humanities in the United States and around the world.

This exhibition, articulated in two parts, highlights specific examples of this central aspect of the Academy’s mission, demonstrating the interplay between visual art, musical composition, literature, and architecture set against, interpreting, and engaging monuments and urban space in Rome and elsewhere in Italy.

The exhibition also traces how these encounters have contributed to the development of several distinct strains of abstraction. Emerging out of conceptions of city, space, society, and history, and employing differing perspectives and techniques, such as collage and the interpretation of architecture, these strains, expressed in a range of separate, but interconnected media, from drawings to public monuments, owe a great deal to the unique intellectual and creative atmosphere at the American Academy in Rome.

The exhibition is curated by Peter Benson Miller. It is part of a year-long series of programs and events conceived around the theme of “Encounters,” which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founding of the American Academy in Rome.

The Academy's 125th anniversary programs have been generously supported by the Syde Hurdus Foundation. The Residency of J. Meejin Yoon (2006 Fellow) is made possible by the Colin Rowe Designer in Residence Fund. The Residency of Julie Mehretu is made possible by the Roy Lichtenstein Artist in Residence Fund. Support for Encounters I & II has also been provided by the Al Held Foundation and by Irene and Frank Salerno, remembering their dear friend, Rodolfo Rinaldi. 

The American Academy as a Mirror of Cultural Change: 125 years of Arts and Humanities in the Eternal City
11 November 2019

Julie Mehretu and J. Meejin Yoon (2006 Fellow)
After Charlottesville
21 November 2019

Saturday-Sunday, 4pm-7pm
19 October to 8 December 2019

A valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm (16 x 14 x 6 in.) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 18:00 to 21:00
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