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October 2013

Fellow Shoptalks

Kimberly Bowes - Pots, Peasants and Economies of the Poor in Roman Tuscany

  • Tuesday, 1 October 2013 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Kimberly Bowes, FAAR'06, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the School of Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome, will give her shoptalk entitled Pots, Peasants and Economies of the Poor in Roman Tuscany.

Lecture

Christopher Wickham - The Origins of the Italian City Communes, 1050-1150 A.D.: Rome

  • Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome
J.M.W. Turner; Capitoline/Campo Vaccino

Le origini dei comuni italiani, 1050-1150 d.C.: Roma / The Origins of the Italian City Communes, 1050-1150 A.D.: Rome

The lecture is part of the New Work in the Humanities Series 2013-14: New Work on Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

In this final lecture of a three-part series on medieval cities, renowned historian Christopher Wickham considers the problem of Rome. Rome is often thought to be the untypical commune, as its traditional rulers were popes not emperors, and their power did not diminish in the long run. Rome nonetheless developed communal practices across a similar time period to those of the kingdom of Italy to its north; until suddenly, in 1143, its citizens revolted against both the pope and the city‘s traditional élites and developed a rather more radical and self-conscious commune than in other cities. Why that was, and what it tells us about the lack of self-consciousness elsewhere, will be the focus of this lecture.

Christopher Wickham is Chichele Professor of Medieval History at All Souls College, University of Oxford. This event is in collaboration with the American University of Rome.

The lecture will be held in English with simultaneous translation available into Italian.

RELATED EVENTS
30 September 2013 - 6:30pm
The Origins of the Italian City Communes, 1050-1150 A.D.: Milan
American University in Rome - Via Pietro Roselli, 4
www.aur.edu

1 October 2013 - 5pm
The Origins of the Italian City Communes, 1050-1150 A.D.: Pisa
Centro Studi Americani - Via Michelangelo Caetani, 32
www.centrostudiamericani.org

Exhibition

ANAMERICANA

  • Thursday, 3 October 2013 - 6:00pm
AAR Gallery
Rome
Mike Kelley. Cowboy snowman, 2005. Courtesy DEPART Foundation.

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.

The show will bring together the work of artists from different generations who pursue various poetic and stylistic expressions: Uri Aran, Darren Bader, Aaron Bobrow, Joe Bradley, Tom Burr, Nick Darmstaedter, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Erik Frydenborg, Elias Hansen, John Henderson, Mike Kelley, Brendan Lynch, Carter Mull, Takeshi Murata, Oscar Murillo, Trevor Paglen, Mitzi Pederson, Seth Price, Rob Pruitt, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Edward Ruscha, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck, Frances Stark, Mateo Tannatt and Oscar Tuazon.

The exhibition is curated by Vincenzo de Bellis. It will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4pm to 7pm until 14 November 2013.

Conversations That Matter

Italy Today: Lessons Learned as The New York Times Rome Bureau Chief.  A Conversation with Rachel Donadio

  • Friday, 4 October 2013 - 2:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Rachel Donadio, Visiting Critic at the American Academy in Rome, is the European Culture Correspondent for The New York Times. Based in Paris, she writes about culture, high and low, across the continent. From September 2008 until August 2013 she was The New York Times Rome Bureau Chief, covering the vicissitudes of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi; political and social disarray in Greece amid the European debt crisis; and historic changes at the Vatican, including the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and election of Pope Francis.

Panel Discussion

Patricia Cronin, Ludovico Pratesi and Peter Benson Miller

  • Monday, 7 October 2013 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Patricia Cronin, "Peplophoros and Queen of Naples Ghost," 2013

Held in conjunction with the opening of Patricia Cronin’s, exhibition Le Macchine, Gli Dei e I Fantasmi (Machines, Gods and Ghosts), curated by Ludovico Pratesi, at the Musei Capitolini Centrale Montemartini. The panel will offer a preview of the exhibition featuring Cronin’s Ghosts, atmospheric watercolors printed on large-scale translucent silk panels. They were created specifically to interact with the evocative interior of the Centrale Montemartini, a former power station that now houses classical sculpture from the collection of the Capitoline Museums. Related to Cronin’s catalogue raisonné project reconstituting the life and career of American neoclassical sculptor Harriet Hosmer, the Ghosts explore the complex afterlife of works of art and the challenges implicit in reclaiming and rereading the past. Patricia Cronin was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 2006-07.

The event will be held in English and Italian.

The exhibition at the Musei Capitolini Centrale Montemartini will be open from 9 October to 20 November 2013.

Centrale Montemartini
Via Ostiense, 106 - Roma
www.centralemontemartini.org

Fellow Shoptalks

Peter Benson Miller - Conversation Pieces: Milton Gendel, Mario Praz and Contemporary Photography

  • Tuesday, 8 October 2013 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome, will give his shoptalk entitled Conversation Pieces: Milton Gendel, Mario Praz and Contemporary Photography.

Conference

Theater and the Visual Arts in Rome 1300-1700

  • Thursday, 17 October 2013 - 6:00pm
  • Friday, 18 October 2013 - 9:30am to 5:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Antoine Lafréry/Bartolomeo. Faleti Disegno della Beneditione del Pontifice nella Piazza de Santo Pietro, Speculum Romanae magnificentiae

Long before Giorgio Vasari codified the theoretical unity of the arts under the arte del disegno, working across a variety of media had been absolutely common practice for Italian artists. For Brunelleschi, Raphael, and Bernini to name but a few well-known examples, scenography and pageantry decorations were important components of their oeuvre overall. But how did the production of unrepeatable events and the production of physical objects inform one another? This conference focuses on the interrelations of the visual arts and the dramatic arts in Rome broadly between 1300-1700.

With a focus on Rome and its Early Modern context, this collaborative conference aims to encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue between the history of the visual arts including architecture, and the history of theater and dramatic literature. Bringing together leading experts in these fields, the conference seeks to incite revisions of disciplinary boundaries and to develop a more nuanced understanding of the interrelations of artistic languages.

The presentations will be held in English or Italian.

This event is in collaboration with the Rome Art History Network. Conference organizers: Yoko Hara and Ariane Varela Braga.

Fellow Shoptalks

Hamlett Dobbins - The River Beneath Us

  • Tuesday, 22 October 2013 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Hamlett Dobbins, Jules Guerin Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts, will give his shoptalk entitled The River Beneath Us.

Conversations That Matter

Slow Food: A Conversation on Sustainability with Carlo Petrini and Alice Waters

  • Monday, 28 October 2013 - 6:15pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome

Two major figures in the slow food movement, together with the Director of the American Academy in Rome Christopher Celenza, FAAR’94, discuss the future of food sustainability. Carlo Petrini, journalist and food activist, is the author of Slow Food Revolution and Slow Food. Le ragione del gusto, and has been a major proponent of local foodways and the preservation of local gastronomic traditions in Italy. Alice Waters, founder of the sustainable restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley and author of The Art of Simple Food, is the United States’ most influential food advocate and has influenced national policy on school lunches, on food education and on organic food. Waters has also consulted on and helped found the American Academy in Rome’s sustainable teaching kitchen, The Rome Sustainable Food Project.

The event will be held in English and Italian.

Fellow Shoptalks

Dan Hurlin - Puppet: a film by David Soll

  • Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Dan Hurlin, Jesse Howard, Jr. Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts, will give his shoptalk entitled Puppet: a film by David Soll.

Lecture

Before Trajan’s Baths: New Discoveries on the Oppian Hill

  • Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

The presentations are part of the New Work in the Humanities Series 2013-14: New Work on Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

A monumental wall mosaic has recently come to light beneath the baths of Trajan. Meters tall and featuring standing figures in a monumental architectural framework, this discovery changes our assumptions about the history of ancient wall mosaics, typically thought to have seen their fullest expression in late antiquity. Members of the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali will present the new find in its context. Speakers will include Giovanni Caruso, Marta Giacobelli, Francesco Pacetti, Simonetta Serra, Carla Termini and Rita Volpe.

The presentations will be held in Italian.

The event is in collaboration with the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali.