November 2013

Home from Rome

Stephen J. Kieran - Carrying Rome

  • Tuesday, 5 November 2013 - 6:00pm
Metropolitan Club
New York City

Architect Stephen Kieran, FAAR’81, FAIA,  spent his fellowship time in Rome and beyond observing, sketching, and photographing architecture, urbanism, and landscape, yielding over 3,000 drawings that describe spatial strategies such as, “How do you turn a corner?” or “How do you sit a building into a hillside?” Join Stephen for his lecture Carrying Rome as he discusses how the sketches he made thirty years ago remain relevant today.

Stephen Kieran is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an internationally recognized architecture firm noted for its integration of research and practice guided by a deep environmental ethic. The firm has received over one hundred design citations including the 2008 Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects, and the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture from the Smithsonian Institution. Kieran has co-authored several books, including refabricating Architecture, Cellophane House™, and KieranTimberlake: Inquiry. In addition to his architectural practice he teaches a graduate research studio at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He has also held professorships at the University of Washington, Yale University, the University of Michigan, and Princeton University.


The Home from Rome series is made possible by the new New Initiatives for Don Fund, a gift of Maria R. Cox. 

Please note the Metropolitan Club’s required dress code for entry is business attire. Jacket and tie are required for gentlemen. Jeans and sneakers are not permitted.

Fellow Shoptalks

Catherine Wagner - The Transfer of Knowledge: Place, History and the Archive

  • Tuesday, 5 November 2013 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Catherine Wagner, Abigail Cohen Rome Prize Fellow in Design, will give her shoptalk entitled The Transfer of Knowledge: Place, History and the Archive.


Monika Faber - Makart to Klimt: Austrian Painters and their Photographs

  • Wednesday, 6 November 2013 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
L. Steiner, Artists on a roof in Cairo, 1875/76.

A conversation with photographer and photo historian Monika Faber on her work at the Photoinstitut Bonartes in Vienna, with a commentary by Marco Delogu, curator of photographs at MACRO. Monika Faber is the Director of the Photoinstitut Bonartes and the Richard Grubman and Caroline Mortimer Photographer in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.


New Work on the Heel: Archaeology of Late Antique and Early Medieval Puglia

  • Thursday, 7 November 2013 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

The lecture is part of the New Work in the Humanities Series 2014-14: New Work on Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

Twenty years ago, the archaeology of Puglia in the later Roman and medieval periods was barely known. Thanks to the efforts of Giuliano Volpe, Rettore of the Università di Foggia, and Paul Arthur of the Università del Salento, Puglia is now revealed as one of the richest regions in the Peninsula, with extraordinary churches, rich villas and a flourishing rural village culture.

Giuliano Volpe (Università di Foggia) and Maria Turchiano: Il sito rurale di Faragola (Ascoli Satriano [FG]) nel contesto dell'Apulia tardoantica e altomedievale.

Paul Arthur (Università del Salento): The archaeology of a 'dark age' Byzantine village and its context in the Terra d'Otranto.

Two presentations will be given, one in Italian and one in English.

Juhani Pallasmaa - Voices of Tranquility. Silence in Art and Architecture

  • Monday, 11 November 2013 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia

“Nothing has changed the nature of Man so much as the loss of silence”, Max Picard, the Swiss philosopher of silence argues. The 65 years that have passed since the publication of Picard’s book  The World of Silence, have made his concern even more urgent. The oppressive thought that we seem to be losing the silence of our souls is becoming increasingly evident. The loss of silence is accompanied by the continued invention and escalation of speed; as Paul Virilio argues, the main product of contemporary societies is speed.

The significance of  silence for music, poetry, and other art forms is evident. ”Poetry comes out of silence and yearns for silence”, Picard writes, or as Rainer Maria Rilke states, ”Works of art are of an infinite solitude”. Great paintings and works of architecture also arise from and create silence. A powerful architectural experience eliminates noise and turns our consciousness to ourselves, into our existential experience and sense of being. The church interiors of Alvar Aalto and Juha Leiviskä, for instance, are cast in a benevolent silence. The innate silence of an experience of profound architecture arises from the manner in which it focuses our attention on our own existential experience–I  am listening to my my own existence. The language of architecture is the drama of tranquility. Great buildings are silence turned into matter. They are petrified silence, and every building has its characteristic silence, and great buildings are museums of silence.

Perhaps the idea of turning life back to the unpretentious appropriateness and silent prestige, that we admire in the peasant’s sphere of life, or in the most refined creations of Modernity, proves to be mere nostalgia, but man has never mourned for a homecoming more than today. And man has never yearned for silence as the focus of one’s very being more than we do in our era of surreal and hysterical consumption and noise.

Juhani Pallasmaa is Professor of Architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology and is William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

A reception will follow the lecture at the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae.

Institutum Romanum Finlandiae
Passeggiata del Gianicolo, 10 - Roma


Nuova Consonanza

  • Sunday, 17 November 2013 - 4:30pm to 11:00pm
Villa Aurelia

The Roman new music ensemble Nuova Consonanza returns to the American Academy in Rome for its fiftieth season, presenting "Reloaded - Festa d’Autunno 2013." The seven-hour music festival will feature art installations and performances of music staged throughout the Villa Aurelia. In particular, there will be music and performances by Rome Prize composers Eric Nathan and Dan Visconti, and a video by Rome Prize visual arts fellow Reynold Reynolds. 

For information on tickets, please consult or contact 06.3700323 or

Fellow Shoptalks

Dan Visconti - Listening and Open Discussion Session

  • Tuesday, 19 November 2013 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Dan Visconti, Samuel Barber Rome Prize Fellow in Musical Composition, will give his shoptalk entitled Listening and Open Discussion Session.

Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library Lecture

Lucretius and the Toleration of Intolerable Ideas

  • Wednesday, 20 November 2013 - 6:00pm
Metropolitan Club
New York City

Join us for the annual Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library lecture in New York featuring Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Greenblatt, RAAR’10. Professor Greenblatt will discuss how freedom of expression is a recent idea, by no means universal even now and hedged about, in those societies that value it, with restrictions. Through most of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and extending well into the seventeenth-century, there were strict limits on what could legitimately be said or written. To call into question divine providence or to deny the existence of the afterlife were among the positions regarded as particularly intolerable. This lecture centers on why and how the utterly unacceptable ideas reintroduced by the recovery of De rerum natura in 1417 managed to survive and be transmitted during pre-Enlightenment centuries that had no concept of toleration.

Stephen Greenblatt is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the author of twelve books, including The Swerve: How the World Became Modern; Shakespeare's Freedom; Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; Hamlet in Purgatory; Marvelous Possessions; and Renaissance Self-Fashioning. He is General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature and of The Norton Shakespeare, has edited seven collections of criticism, and is a founding editor of the journal Representations. His honors include the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and the 2011 National Book Award for The Swerve, MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize (twice), Harvard University’s Cabot Fellowship, the Distinguished Humanist Award from the Mellon Foundation, Yale’s Wilbur Cross Medal, the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, the Erasmus Institute Prize, two Guggenheim Fellowships and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Berkeley. Among his named lecture series are the Adorno Lectures in Frankfurt, the University Lectures at Princeton, and the Clarendon Lectures at Oxford, and he has held visiting professorships at universities in Beijing, Kyoto, London, Paris, Florence, Torino, Trieste, and Bologna, as well as the Renaissance residency at the American Academy in Rome. He was president of the Modern Language Association of America and is a permanent fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. He has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Philosophical Society.

Reception to follow.


Seating is limited/ Reservations required
RSVP by 15 November 2013



  • Friday, 22 November 2013 - 6:00pm
Angel Orensanz Foundation
New York City

Come to the Cabaret! We will open the doors at 6:00pm to the Angel Orensanz Foundation For Contemporary Art, 172 Norfolk Street, and you will find Rome in New York with long tables for dinner evocative of the evening meals in Rome. As always, the evening will be equal parts reunion, cocktail party, and opportunity to connect with Fellows and friends. A brief program will include a reading of new work by playwright, John Guare, RAAR'13, and a musical performance selected by Bang on a Can co-founder and Artistic Director, David Lang, FAAR'91, featuring Mark Stewart, Robert Black, and Ken Thompson. Mona Talbott, Rome Sustainable Food Project founding chef, will prepare a seated Italian feast. An Academy store will be selling items such as Rome Sustainable Food Project cookbooks, tea towels, pasta, and more. 

There are 100 specially priced tickets - $65 each - for Fellows, Affiliated Fellows, and their guests, so that they may attend at a lower price.  By purchasing any ticket of $150 or more you are automatically entered in a raffle to win the three American Academy in Rome cookbooks: Biscotti, Zuppe, and Pasta.

Purchase Tickets

For information please contact Isabel Orbon at 212-751-7200 ext. 348, or write to

Book Presentation

Pasta Book Presentation and Lunch

  • Saturday, 23 November 2013 - 11:30am
AAR Lecture Room

Please join us for a presentation and book signing of the Rome Sustainable Food Project's third cookbook: PASTA - Recipes from the kitchen of the American Academy in Rome with RSFP Executive Chef and author, Christopher Boswell and Elena Goldblatt, RSFP Intern in 2011. 

Following the book presentation, guests are invited to a special lunch of various pastas featured from the book, fresh green salad from the Academy garden, chocolates, coffee, and wine.  The cost of lunch is $45 and reservations and advance payment is required. Please see menu below.

Copies of PASTA, cookbooks, tea towels, almonds, and other items will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to support the Rome Sustainable Food Project.

Seating for the presentation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


For information please contact Tina Cancemi at 06-5846-456, or write to

PASTA can also be purchased online at The Little Bookroom.

Menu will be:

Linguine alla Puttanesca in Bianco

Linguine with "White" Puttanesca Sauce

Penne alla Checca

Penne with Tomato Sauce, Fennel, and Pecorino

Fusilli con Pesto di Cavolo Nero

Fusilli with Kale Pesto

Fusilli alla Pecorara Romana

Fusilli with Guanciale, Sheep's Milk Ricotta and Black Pepper

Cavatelli al Pomodoro Fresco

Cavatelli with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti alla Chitarra alla Pecorara Abruzzese

Guitar String Spaghetti with Ragù Abruzzese

Insalata dell' Orto  Bass

Garden lettuces from the Bass Garden

Tarte al cioccolato di Amedei

Amedei Chocolate Tart


Togli il fermo / Let it go

  • Monday, 25 November 2013 - 6:00pm
AAR Gallery
Courtesy © Giovanni De Angelis

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 creation of the pieces followed a week-long workshop held by Nari Ward, a Visual Arts Fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 2013. The retreat promoted an international dialogue on the relationship between nature, culture and landscape and was hosted by the chef Antonello Colonna at the Antonello Colonna Vallefredda Resort.

The exhibition is curated by Nari Ward. It will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4pm to 7pm until 16 December 2013.

Fellow Shoptalks

Ruth Noyes - Blood & fire. Rome’s convert refugee engravers c. 1600.

  • Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Ruth Noyes, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, will give her shoptalk entitled Blood & fire. Rome’s convert refugee engravers c. 1600.