February 2016

Fellow Shoptalks

Will Boast - It's Just Emotion That's Taken Me Over

  • Monday, 1 February 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Will Boast will discuss his new novel, which explores the physiology of emotion, the limits of empathy, and the complexities of intimacy. It riffs on the myth of Apollo and Daphne and draws on Boast's response to Bernini's sculpture of the same name. Boast will also discuss past and upcoming work, including a project based here in Rome.

Will Boast is the recipient of the John Guare Writer’s Fund Rome Prize, a gift of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman. He is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.

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.


College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference

  • Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington D.C.
John Henry Parker, "Emporium (Rome, Italy), the ancient marble wharf with amphorae," 1868. Parker Collection, American Academy in Rome Photographic Archive.

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

The American Academy in Rome is pleased to announce its inaugural panel session at the 2016 College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC: "Key Sets: Photographic Collections and Visual Art", on Wednesday, February 3.

In 1949, Georgia O’Keeffe donated to the National Gallery of Art a collection of photographs taken by her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, a champion of photography as a modern art.  Stieglitz had selected the prints before his death in 1946; O’Keeffe spent the next three years organizing them with equal care.  The result was the “key set”: a photographic collection representing the cream of Stieglitz’ art.  Today, the “key set” has not only determined the artist’s legacy, but also laid the groundwork for the National Gallery’s photography collection and informed our understanding of photography and art as disciplines.

Sponsored by the American Academy in Rome, this session uses the “key set” as a springboard to consider how photographic collections shape our thinking about art.  How do the formation, scope, and structure of photographic collections reveal the values of the people who comprised them?  How does their format -- album, archive, or museum collection -- impact our assessment of photography with regard to national identity, or artistic criteria?  Extending the Academy's humanities scholarship from Rome to the United States, the panel will address these issues as part of the Academy’s 2015-16 programming series, Bodies of Knowledge, which investigates how the organization of information impacts the structure of disciplines from ancient to modern.

Session Chair:
Lindsay Harris (FAAR ’14), Andrew W. Mellon Professor, School of Classical Studies, American Academy in Rome

Session Participants:
Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Art
Robert Slifkin, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Beth Saunders (FAAR ’13), Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Panel session information:

Date and time
Wednesday, February 3, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Room and location
Washington 6, Exhibition Level
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC

To attend the session, please register for CAA at

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Christopher MacEvitt - You Can Never Go Home Again: Loss, Failure, and Memory

  • Wednesday, 3 February 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Currently working on a number of projects that share a common set of questions, Christopher MacEvitt will discuss inter-religious dynamics across the medieval Mediterranean.  Central to his work is the impact of the crusades on the religious communities of Palestine and Syria, and his current projects seek to understand how the end of the crusades affected the perception of the Holy Land, Islam, and providential history among both eastern and western Christians.

Christopher MacEvitt is the ACLS/Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow at the American Academy in Rome and Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College.

You can watch this event live at:

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Michelle DiMarzo - Titian and the Culture of Mid-Century Rome: The Venetian Amid the Ruins

  • Monday, 8 February 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Between 1545 and 1546, Titian spent eight months in Rome at the court of Paul III Farnese. With a studio in the Belvedere and Giorgio Vasari as his cicerone, Titian's time in the papal city was characterized by unparalleled access to the best of both the ancient and contemporary worlds. Here he unveiled the Naples Danaë, a work which hinted at the insistent materiality which would become a hallmark of the artist’s late style. Instead of leaving this period as a footnote to the lengthy career of this most “Venetian” of painters, Michelle Di Marzo's work repositions Titian’s Roman journey as a lens onto his activity in the crucial decade of 1540s, which, both on-canvas and off, was a period of significant tension and change.

Michelle DiMarzo is the Phyllis G. Gordan/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow (year two of a two-year fellowship) in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the American Academy Rome and is a PhD candidate at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.


Cinque Mostre 2016

  • Tuesday, 9 February 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AAR Gallery

Cinque Mostre 2016 - Across the Board: Parts of a Whole 

Mark Boulos, Jinn Bronwen Lee, Christopher Cerrone, Karl Daubmann (in collaboration with the Rome Sustainable Food Project) , Javier Galindo, Helena Hladilova, Emily Jacir, John Lansdowne (with James Huemoeller), Senam Okudzeto, Woody Pirtle, Public Fiction (including works by Math Bass, Leidy Churchman, Cécile B. Evans, Stanya Kahn, Nikita Gale, Andrea Longacre-White, Anna Sew Hoy), Bryony Roberts, Alexander Robinson (with Anthony Baus), David Schutter, Maaike Schoorel, Namsal Siedlecki, Mali Annika Skotheim (with the participation of Lysley Tenorio, Javier Galindo, Karl Daubman, Jenny Krieger, Michelle Di Marzo, John Lansdowne)


The Picture Club 

Micol Assael, Chiara Barzini, Orazio Battaglia, Elena Bellantoni, Pim Blokker, Massimiliano Bomba, Carola Bonfili, Lupo Borgonovo, Joanne Burke, Francesco Ciavaglioli, Ester Coen e Nunzio, Sonia Cucculelli, Tomaso De Luca, Gabriele De Santis con Lorenzo Pace e Andrea Polichetti, Fabio Donalisio, Riccardo Falcinelli, Giuseppe Gallo, Helena Hladilova, Emily Jacir, Antonella Lattanzi, Emiliano Maggi, Luigi Ontani, Francesco Pacifico, Woody Pirtle, Gianni Politi, Fabio Quaranta, Lisa Rampilli, Alex Robinson, Andrea Romano, Maaike Schoorel, Tommaso Sponzilli, Emma Verdet

Across the Board: Parts of a Whole is an itinerant and performative exhibition articulated in several areas of the McKim, Mead & White Building at the American Academy in Rome and beyond, crossing multiple disciplines and fields: a game with no fixed rules that intends to address the idea of the fragment as the starting point of a story rather than its conclusion.

Incorporating works by artists, scholarly research, architectural studies, musical compositions, literary texts – the exhibition provides a setting for an evolving narrative moving physically and allegorically through various sites. These different locations disclose a cosmos of tales investigating marginality, authenticity, language, fragmentation, translation and transformation. Elaborating on historical facts, objects, landscapes, political representation, fictions and the construction of signs and symbols, the individual parts contribute to the development of a complex and multiform system questioning the potential of abstraction and its impact on reality.

One of the stations of the exhibition, the Academy Bar hosts The Picture Club, a project conceived by Ilaria Gianni, Gianni Ponti and Saverio Vernini, featuring work by artists and authors from different fields called to reflect on the nature of ​​portraiture as a form of subjective representation. Integrated into the pre-existing portrait gallery that gives the bar its unique flavor, the installation reconfigures one of the Academy’s most important venues for the exchange of ideas.

The exhibition is curated by Ilaria Gianni with assitant curator Saverio Verini.

It is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 7pm until 3 April, 2016.

Cinque Mostre 2016 is made possible by the Adele Chatfield-Taylor and John Guare Fund for the Arts.

Collateral events:

3 March 2016


Nina C. Young in collaboration with Miro Magloire of the New Chamber Ballet Elizabeth, Brown Hudec, Daniela Giannuzzi and Simone Ghera. The piece for two dancers and a violin, specifically developed in relationship to the Tempietto di S. Pietro in Montorio, addresses the union of sound and movement in relationship to architecture. The project seeks to create a “vocabulary” database of simple gestalt sound-movement couplings that will then be codified into a syntax that can be used in increasing complex compositional and improvisational environments.

6pm performance at the Tempietto del Bramante in collaboration with Real Academia de Espana en Roma

17 March 2016


Emily Jacir, John Lansdowne, Christopher MacEvitt. A collaborative publication proceeding from artist Emily Jacir’s Via Crucis, the newly-completed permanent installation commissioned by artache at the church of San Raffaele in Milan. Uniting the artist with two scholars of the Medieval Mediterranean, John Lansdowne and Christopher MacEvitt, the book illustrates the movement of objects, images, people and places between Palestine and Italy. Published by Nero.

6pm book presentation at the AAR

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.

Fellow Shoptalks

Katharine Huemoeller - Sex and Slavery in the Roman World

  • Monday, 15 February 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Katharine Huemoeller will discuss her research on the role of sex in the ancient Roman slave system from about 200 BCE to 200 CE.  Using material from all over the Roman empire, from invective poetry to funerary epitaphs to contracts of sale, she demonstrates the significance of the sexual dimension of slavery for constructing both the lived experience of the enslaved and attitudes towards gender, family, and intimacy in the Roman world.

Katharine P.D. Huemoeller is the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman/Frank Brown Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome and is a PhD candidate in the Department of Classics at Princeton University.

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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Carmine Emanuele Cella- Mimesis and katharsis: a twofold approach to music

  • Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Carmine Emanuele Cella will present different approaches to musical creation and will illustrate the role of mathematics in music.Composition with sounds and within sounds will be outlined and several example by the composer will be played. Finally, the opera "I tre partigiani" (currently in progress) will be briefly presented.

Carmine Emanuele Cella is the Marcello Lotti Italian Fellow in Musical Composition at 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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Javier Galindo - The created fragment: dismemberment as architecture

  • Monday, 22 February 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Though the fragment is the inevitable and primary state in the mortality of all objects, it fails to be positioned as a positive element or conscious response in contemporary architectural expression.This shoptalk will focus on the intentionally created or designed fragment, as opposed to that which is encountered or accidentally made. Spanning from the reliquary to counterfeit classical statuary we will aim to discover how the fragment, with its intensity and allegorical power, can be positioned as a valid aesthetic response.

Centering on the body as a metaphor for architectural creation, we will then explore its inevitable states of fragmentation and dismemberment, and while doing so, build a new sensitivity to the decayed, the morseled, and the incomplete.

Javier Galindo is the James R. Lamantia, Jr. Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. He is Principal at JGCH and Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox.


Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library Lecture - David I. Kertzer and Mauro Canali

  • Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia

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

New Perspectives on the Fascist Ventennio: What the Archives Reveal

Italy has gone through a variety of phases over the past seventy years in trying to come to terms with its Fascist past. Yet this history still remains a painful one. All too often myth and wishful thinking take the place of dispassionate analysis and the facing of uncomfortable truths. In trying to reconstruct this history, deep archival research is essential. Two of the scholars who have published influential archivally-based recent work that casts new light on the Fascist period engage in a conversation about how their findings from the archives have brought dominant narratives about this history into question. They discuss what they have found to be the most valuable sources in both the civil and ecclesiastical archives for shedding new light on this history, and they discuss the question of whether all relevant documents have been made available to scholars.

David Kertzer is Professor of Social Science, Anthropology and Italian Studies at Brown University (2000 Resident) and Mauro Canali is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Camerino.

The event will be held in English and Italian with simultaneous translation available.

With the support of the United States of America Embassy to Italy

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.