September 2014

Fellow Shoptalks

Mark Robbins

  • Monday, 15 September 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Mark Robbins, FAAR'97, is the President of the American Academy in Rome.


Andrea Carandini - Il paesaggio e il patrimonio storico e artistico dell'Italia. La visione del FAI per i prossimi dieci anni

  • Monday, 22 September 2014 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Bosco di San Francesco, Assisi. Photo by Andrea Angelucci © FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano.

Renowned professor of archaeology and president of the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI), Andrea Carandini, will present his vision of the future for Italian cultural heritage. Beset by budgetary and administrative problems, Italy has struggled in recent years to preserve its extraordinary cultural heritage for its many publics. Carandini reflects on these challenges and the role that the charity FAI, volunteerism and public-private partnerships might play in the future of cultural heritage preservation and presentation in the 21st century.

Andrea Carandini is professor emeritus of classical archaeology at the Università di Roma “La Sapienza” and since 2013 the president of FAI. Author of over 20 books and winner of the Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana, Carandini also served as the president of the “Consiglio Superiore dei Beni Culturali” from 2009-2012.

The lecture will be conducted in Italian.

The event is organized in collaboration with the Fondo Ambiente Italiano.

Fellow Shoptalks

Kimberly Bowes

  • Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Kimberly Bowes, FAAR'06, is the Director of the American Academy in Rome. The title of her shoptalk is Diets and Environments of Roman Peasants.

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Èdra. Connecting Landscapes

  • Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AAR Gallery
Marco Basta, Giardino (Marseille), 2013. Courtesy of Galleria Monica De Cardenas Milano / Zuoz Foto: Andrea Rossetti.

Èdra. Connecting Landscapes, curated by Carmen Stolfi for Untitled Association, is a project creating links between foreign Academies and international cultural organizations, organized in conjunction with Roma Art 2Nights, a network of coordinated gallery openings throughout Rome. In addition to the American Academy in Rome, participating institutions include the Embassy of Brazil, the Embassy of Mexico and the Istituto Polacco.

The exhibition as a whole, installed in various locations throughout the city, explores narrative in relation to the many facets and forms of landscape, whether physical, virtual or interior. Articulated in the form of a conceptual map, the project presents the work of twelve international artists, all of whom engage history, narration and memory. An evocative itinerary, evolving through a series of key interconnected points, creates layered representations of landscape reconstituted through human, spatial and temporal relations. The participating artists share an interest in forms of collective resistance and in narration as an instrument conserving individual and communal memory. The show will unfold over the course of several nights in several key sites, including the American Academy in Rome on the Janiculum where the portion of the exhibition featuring artists Marco Basta, Davide D’Elia, and Ludovica Gioscia will open to the public on 25 September.

The exhibition will be open from 26-28 September 2014 from 4pm to 7pm.

The event is organized in collaboration with Untitled Association.


Getty Connecting Art Histories Seminar: Framing Medieval Mediterranean Art and Archaeology

  • Monday, 29 September 2014 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 9:00am to Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 5:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

“Framing the Medieval Mediterranean” is a research seminar supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative. Held in three meetings over two years at the American Academy in Rome (2014-2015), the seminar program explores the impact of national discourses on the development of medieval art history and archaeology in the Mediterranean littoral.

The role of nationalism in the preservation and presentation of medieval art and architecture in Mediterranean contexts has not yet been treated in any scholarly forum with the depth and comprehensiveness the subject deserves. And yet, national narratives fundamentally influence both scholarly discourse and public understanding. The periodization of material culture as “Ancient,” “Medieval”, “Byzantine”, “Ottoman”, and “Modern,” the characterization of religious change as positive or negative, even the visualization of the historical arc as one of progress or decline, are all fundamentally impacted by the ordering and categorizing activities that take place in museums and archaeological sites. These sites of presentation in turn shape the agendas of scholars as well as the ways in which the various national publics make sense of their past.

The seminar brings together younger scholars from around the Mediterranean to rethink their own research projects in light of discussions shared in the seminar. The seminar uses visits to local museums and archaeological parks in Rome and central Italy, as well as visits by local specialists, to inform its ongoing work.

Seminar Website:

Contact: Kim Bowes, American Academy in Rome, or William Tronzo,

Fellow Shoptalks

Peter Benson Miller

  • Monday, 29 September 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Peter Benson Miller is the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director of the American Academy in Rome. The title of his shoptalk is Go Figure! New Perspectives on Philip Guston.

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