November 2015

Fellow Shoptalks

Namsal Siedlecki - RECONNAISSANCE

  • Monday, 2 November 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Studio 309

Namsal Siedlecki, the Cy Twombly Italian Affiliated Fellow in Visual Arts, will give a shoptalk on his recent work.

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Daiana Menti - Church, State and Fascism: Conflicts and Agreements in Light of New Documents in the Jesuit Pietro Tacchi Venturi's Archive (1922-1939)

  • Monday, 9 November 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

After the World War I, the Italian catholic church strengthened its ties with fascism since it was seen as the only possible political alternative to the weakness of liberal democracy. Although they agreed on some principles, the Lateran Pacts signed in 1929 were a result of many compromises between the two on political, cultural, educational and social issues. P. Tacchi Venturi SJ was a very skillful mediator, used by the Pope to resolve the most important conflicts with Mussolini; he was the silent witness who took part in the crucial events that marked Italian history during the fascist regime. Daiana Menti will discuss these relationships in light of new documents found in Pietro Tacchi Venturi's Archive.

Daiana Menti is the AAR/Scuola Normale di Pisa Exchange Fellow in Modern Italian Studies.


Cathy Simon - On the Waterfront

  • Wednesday, 11 November 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Perkins + Will Architects, The Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA. Photograph by Richard Barnes.

Over the past 15 years, Cathy Simon’s urban design and architectural practice has focused on the design of the public realm of the urban waterfront. Informed by ongoing research, her talk will present some of the challenges and the opportunities offered by these watery edges, the very real obstacles they present, and the alternative approaches we might take over time to overcome them. Simon will consider layers of time—the contrast and contradiction of old and new—, art and culture as catalysts for change, authenticity and identity, rising sea levels, and what Simon  calls “the theater of the waterfront.” She will also address the unique ways in which some of the world’s greatest cities meet the water, and how, in the often difficult reinvention of post industrial spaces, architects and planners can create memorable frameworks for diverse communities and public life there in the millennium’s second decade.

Cathy Simon is the William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the fall 2015. She is a consulting Design Principal at Perkins + Will, a global design firm.

The event will be held in English.

You can watch this event live at:

Please note: picture identification is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome.

Library Book Sale

  • Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 10:00am to 4:30pm
AAR Cryptoporticus

The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale will be held in the Academy's cryptoporticus from 10am to 4:30pm.


AER - American Electronics in Rome: 50 Years of Electronic Music at the American Academy in Rome

  • Saturday, 14 November 2015 - 5:00pm
Villa Aurelia

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the performances, held in the music studio at the American Academy in Rome, of the Syn-ket, one of the first portable electronic music synthesizers in existence, invented and constructed by the Italian audio engineer Paolo Ketoff. At the Academy, the Syn-ket provided the catalyst for a series of fertile exchanges between a talented group of international musicians, including John Eaton, Larry Austin and Alvin Curran, encouraged by Otto Leuning, Composer-in-Residence at the Academy in 1964-65. Their improvisational performances figured into a wider network made up of the Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, which included figures such as Franco Evangelisti and Ennio Morricone, and Musica Elettronica Viva, founded by Curran and Frederic Rzewski. Morton Subotnik, one of the pioneers of American electronic music, also performed in Rome in 1965, proof that the city offered a particularly favorable environment for American musicians and composers as they expanded the limits of live electronics.

American Electronics in Rome pays tribute to an important chapter in the history of music at the American Academy in Rome. At the same time, it explores the repercussions of the experimental approach developed there, which continue to pervade contemporary electronic music and live performance. The event - held on November 14 at the Villa Aurelia, on the grounds of the American Academy in Rome - is composed of afternoon and evening sessions, including a round-table discussion, live performances, and DJ sets

Featured performers: Balance, Alvin Curran, J-Cush/Lite City Trax, Annie Gosfield (RAAR'16) with special guest Chris Cutler, Lory D, Ron Morelli, Teho Teardo, Ceccarelli & Roccato, and Vipra.

AER is sponsored by the American Academy in Rome, conceived in collaboration with NERO, and curated by Francesco de Figueiredo and Valerio Mattioli, with the special participation of Nuova Consonanza.

The event is made possible in part by the Andrew W. Imbrie Memorial Fund.

Free entry with booking required:

(limited spaces available)



Round-table discussion with: Annie Gosfield, Alvin Curran, Francesco Antonioni and Valerio Mattioli.


Performances by: Ceccarelli & Roccato, Teho Teardo, Alvin Curran, Annie Gosfield & Chris Cutler.


Perfomances by: Vipra, Balance, J-Cush, Ron Morelli and Lory D.

Please note: picture identification is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome.

Fellow Shoptalks

Maaike Schoorel - Perception

  • Monday, 16 November 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Studio 125

Maaike Schoorel will discuss her work which is informed by her research into the human mind’s ability to perceive and understand the visual world. The subjects of her paintings appear at once recognisable and elusive. Using photographic source material of people, places and objects, Schoorel’s compositions simultaneously appear and dissolve into the canvas. At the American Academy, she is working on several projects: a publication with CURA in Rome as well as an exhibition at Fondazione Memmo, an exhibition at Marc Foxx in Los Angeles and the Sydney Biennale.

Maaike Schoorel is the Mondriaan Fonds/Dutch Affiliated Fellow in the Visual Arts and Winner of the Dutch Prix de Rome in Visual Arts.


Cultural Patrimony and Collective Responsibility

  • Thursday, 19 November 2015 - 6:30pm
New School
New York City

Cultural Patrimony and Collective Responsibility with C. Brian Rose, Deborah Lehr, James Cuno, and Navina Haidar

Please join us in New York City for the latest installment of Conversations | Conversazioni: from the American Academy in Rome. Leading figures from the academic, preservation, and museum communities will engage in a thought-provoking discussion surrounding shared global responsibility in protecting cultural and intellectual heritage.

The panel of speakers will include James Cuno (Chief Executive Officer and President, The J. Paul Getty Trust), Deborah Lehr, (Chairman, The Antiquities Coalition), Navina Haidar, (Curator, Department of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art), and event moderator C. Brian Rose, (James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania).


This event is free, but reservations are required.


Nicholas Cullinan - Cy Twombly: Rewriting History

  • Friday, 20 November 2015 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Cy Twombly, Painting Detail (Roses), Gaeta 2009. Courtesy: Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio

This event is part of the New Work in the Arts & Humanities: Bodies of Knowledge series.

The lecture will consider the revivification of the past, whether it be history or myth, in Cy Twombly’s paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography.

Nicholas Cullinan is Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London. He was previously Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Curator of International Modern at Tate Modern in London, where he co-curated with Nicholas Serota the 2008 exhibition Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons. In 2011 he curated the exhibition Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. He has lectured and published on Twombly widely.

The event will be held in English. You can watch it live at:

The exhibition Cy Twombly, Photographer can be visited the same evening from 4pm to 7pm in the Gallery of the American Academy in Rome.

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

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Mali Skotheim - Traveling Players: the Lives of Professional Actors and Poets at the Greek Dramatic Festivals under the Roman Empire

  • Monday, 23 November 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Mali Skotheim will give her shoptalk on the poets and actors who traveled to compete at the Greek dramatic festivals in the Roman era. Each festival was intrinsically tied to a place. Yet the performers came, by and large, from abroad to compete. Traveling players were part of the appeal of these festivals, which advertised the geographical range of their competitors by listing the names and hometowns of victors on publicly displayed victory lists. For festival audiences, an international celebrity appearance must also have generated some excitement. Actors traveling abroad to compete and win at international festivals brought glory to their hometowns, which often celebrated their accomplishments abroad in stone at home. The talk will address the role of travel at the festivals and in the lives of the performers, the relationship of festival and performers to place, and how travel facilitated relationships between places, linking each Greek city to a wider Greek world.

Mali Skotheim is the Arthur Ross Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome and a PhD candidate in the Department of Classics at Princeton University.

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Concilium Lateranense IV: Jews, Christians and Moslems

  • Wednesday, 25 November 2015 - 8:45am to 7:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Matthew Paris, The Fourth Lateran Council, Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, Ms 16, fol. 43v (by permission of the Master and Fellows)

The Fourth Lateran Council, convened at Rome in November 1215 by Pope Innocent III, outshone every other medieval religious assembly in significance and ceremonial, with more than one thousand members of the higher clergy, imperial and royal envoys, and representatives of the rulers of Christendom in attendance. At the Council’s closing session, delegates approved seventy constitutions and called for the Holy Land to be set free by a new crusade, the Fifth. Among the conciliar decrees, a new profession of religious faith and points of dogma were laid down, aiming to halt the spread of heresy, reform clerical morals, and impose discipline and regulation not only on lay Christians but on Jews and Moslems, as well.

As part of the week-long, international conference, “Concilium Lateranense IV:  Commemorating the Octocentenary of the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215” (Rome, 23-29 November, 2015), the American Academy in Rome will host a day of sessions examining inter-faith relations before and after 1215.  A special focus will be the implementation, diffusion and impact of Canon 70 on Jews and Moslems who were living in a predominantly Christian society.  

To participate in this conference, please register at

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