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January 2018

Conversations/Conversazioni

Fluidity: Nasser Rabbat and Nader Tehrani (moderated by John Ochsendorf)

  • Thursday, 11 January 2018 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Great Mosque of Damascus, interior view of the courtyard. Photograph by Nasser Rabbat.

In this conversation, noted scholar of architecture, Nasser Rabbat, and cutting-edge designer, Nader Tehrani, will discuss “fluidity” as a paradigm for understanding the built environment of the Mediterranean world. Moderated by John Ochsendorf (2008 Fellow), the conversation will highlight concepts of fluidity in Rabbat’s groundbreaking scholarship on Syrian architectural heritage and in the innovations of Tehrani’s designs.

Nasser Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT and the 2018 Louis Khan Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. Nader Tehrani is Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, a principal of NADAAA, and the 2018 Resident in Design at the American Academy in Rome. 

John Ochsendorf is Director of the American Academy in Rome and Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture at MIT. 

The event will be held in English. You can watch it livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome.

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.The 2017–18 Conversations/Conversazioni series is sponsored by The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.​

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.

Lecture

Erik Kwakkel - Pregothic Script and How to Study It

  • Friday, 12 January 2018 - 6:00pm
Notre Dame Global Gateway
St. Matthew the Evangelist, Barb. Lat. 570. © Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

This lecture develops two threads of inquiry. The first aim is to make sense of the transitional script observed across Europe and the British Isles from the end of the eleventh to the early thirteenth century. Addressed as either late Caroline or Pre-/Proto-Gothic, the script is in a constant state of flux, acquiring new “Gothic” features and shedding traits of Caroline. The lecture will investigate the development of this transitional script, effectively showing how Caroline Minuscule became Gothic Textualis. The second aim of this lecture is to develop the ability to describe paleographical features and their development in a quantifiable manner, which is key to studying the transitional script of the long twelfth century—and indeed the history of any medieval script.

Erik Kwakkel is paleographer and full professor at Leiden University, where he occupies the Scaliger Chair for the study and promotion of medieval manuscripts. His research is devoted to the development of medieval script and the relationship between the physical appearance of manuscripts and the historical context in which they were produced and used. He actively promotes the medieval book on his blog (medievalbooks.nl) and via twitter (@erik_kwakkel). In 2015 he was appointed to the Comité International de Paléographie Latine.

The lecture is part of the Winter School in Latin Paleography hosted at the American Academy in Rome in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s Global Gateway Program in Rome and the Vatican Library.

ADDRESS
Notre Dame Global Gateway
Via Ostilia, 15

Fellow Shoptalks

Veronica Copello - Searching and Telling the Truth: Reconstructing Vittoria Colonna's Correspondence

  • Monday, 15 January 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Chasing small leads and traces of documentary evidence, Veronica Copello has found new letters belonging to the correspondence of Vittoria Colonna, the most important female poet in the Italian Renaissance. These documents have allowed Copello to shed new light on Colonna's prose works, her poems and her biography, as well as on her character, showing how she was striving for truth in important as well as ordinary matters.

Veronica Copello is the Franco Zeffirelli Italian Fellow in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the American Academy in Rome.

The event will be held in English. You can watch it livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome.

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

Ashley Fure - Matter vs. Maker: Chaos and the Compositional Act

  • Wednesday, 17 January 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Still from The Force of Things: an Opera for Objects (2017). Photo by Marina Levitskaya, courtesy of Peak Performances @ Montclair State University.

This talk will track a tension between matter and maker central to my aesthetic practice. Through projects ranging in scale from orchestra to immersive intermedia installations, Ashley Fure elaborates an interest in ritual, tactility, and extra-linguistic intensity recurring across my creative work.

Ashley Fure is the Samuel Barber Rome Prize Fellow in Musical Composition at the Academy in Rome and Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at Dartmouth College.

The event will be held in English. You can watch it livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome.

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.

Colloquium

Incontri AIAC - Volti e sfaccettature della moneta antica

  • Monday, 22 January 2018 - 5:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

The American Academy in Rome will host a panel presentation of the Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica/International Association for Classical Archaeology (AIAC), in that organization’s longstanding Incontri series.

Founded in Rome in 1945, AIAC aims to facilitate international collaboration among classical archaeologists through coordinating conferences and congresses of classical archeology. It also serves in Rome as the principal clearinghouse for information on archaeology-related scholarly events. AIAC publishes Fasti Online, the premier international database for archaeological excavations in thirteen countries in the territory of the former Roman Empire (including, of course, Italy), which in turn continues its print Fasti Archaeologici (published 1948–87). Since 2000, AIAC also has organized a series of monthly Incontri in Rome, where young scholars from Italian universities and the many foreign institutes in the city can present their research.

The theme for this evening at the American Academy in Rome will be Volti e sfaccettature della moneta antica moderated by Lorenza Ilia Manfredi (CNR, Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico). Presenting on the AIAC program will be:

Pia Mustonen (Institutum Romanum Finlandiae), La tematica religiosa nelle monete delle donne della dinastia Flavia (69–96 d.C.)

Gianluca Mandatori (Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma), Ratio denariaria e denarii coniati: l’introduzione della moneta argentea a Roma

Giuseppe Castellano (University of Texas at Austin), Coins in Context: Trade, Monetization, and Cultural Contact in the Tyrrhenian Sea

Chiara Cecalupo (Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana), La collezione numismatica di Propaganda Fide alla luce dei documenti d’archivio

The presentations will be held in Italian and English. You can watch the event livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome

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

Cécile Fromont - Common Threads: Cloth, Colour, and the Slave Trade in Early Modern Kongo and Angola

  • Tuesday, 23 January 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Black man in Mayombe wood. From Louis Marie Joseph de Grandpré, Voyage à la Côte Occidentale d’Afrique Fait dans les années 1786 et 1787. Paris,1801, volume II. Courtesy of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University.

Charting the origins and significance of the use of two types of specifically coloured cloth in west central Africa, this talk investigates visual, material, and social change in that region during the era of the slave trade. White uniforms worn by Christian church leaders and blue and white imported textiles, it argues, are two key examples that reveal how the inhabitants of the closely related regions of Kongo, Angola, and Loango welcomed and managed the novelties their sustained cross-cultural relations with Europeans and engagement in the slave trade ushered between the sixteenth and the nineteenth century. It reveals profound links between religion, power, and the slave trade and their bearing on central Africa from the early modern period to the eve of the colonial era.

Cécile Fromont is the American Academy in Rome Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and Associate Professor of Art History and the College at the University of Chicago.

The event will be held in English. You can watch this event livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome

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.

Conversations/Conversazioni

The Alexandria Quartet

  • Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 6:30pm
Museum of Arts and Design
New York City

THE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
6:30pm
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

Please join us in New York City as André Aciman, Craig Dykers, Elaine Molinar, and Joseph Viscomi discuss their shared connections to the city of Alexandria, Egypt. In his memoir Out of Egypt(1995), André Aciman described the now lost Alexandria of his youth. (Aciman is also the author of Call Me by Your Name, recently adapted into a hit film now in theaters.) Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar’s architecture firm, Snøhetta, designed the Bibliotheca Alexandria in 2002, and the building was movingly defended by citizens of Alexandria during the upheavals of early 2011. And Joseph Viscomi’s first manuscript, tentatively entitled “Out of Time: History, Presence, and the Departure of the Italians of Egypt, 1933–Present,” details how the Italians of Egypt—a population that numbered around 55,000 on the eve of WWII—anticipated, experienced and remembered their departures from Egypt.

ANDRÉ ACIMAN
Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York (2015 Resident)

CRAIG DYKERS
Partner, Snøhetta (2015 Resident)

ELAINE MOLINAR 
Partner, Snøhetta (2015 Visiting Artist)

JOSEPH VISCOMI
Faculty Fellow, Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, New York University (2015 Fellow)

This event is free to the public, however RSVPs are required:


 

For additional information, please contact Shawn Miller at s.miller@aarome.org or 212-751-7200 x344.

Seminar

Modern Italian Studies Seminar - Leslie Cozzi - Drawing/Diaphragm: The Art of Marisa and Mario Merz

  • Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Installation view of Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 4 – August 20, 2017. Photograph: Brian Forrest.

In 2016, the British School at Rome and the École française de Rome launched the Modern Italian Studies Seminar in Rome. To be hosted by the various foreign academies, the seminar’s aims are to bring together visiting and resident Italianists; to develop a network of scholars in Rome; and to further awareness of newly published material and current research in Italy.

The American Academy in Rome will host Leslie Cozzi, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies at the American Academy in Rome and associate curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, with a presentation entitled Drawing/Diaphragm: The Art of Marisa and Mario Merz.

The presentation will be held in English.

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

Tricia Treacy - Book as Collaboration

  • Monday, 29 January 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Studio 253

Because the book is often an intimate object that we hold between our hands, does that exclude it from being a monument, an exhibition space, or a catalyst for collaboration? This talk and open studio will explore books as a means marking moments, collaborations, and alternative approaches to reading.

Tricia Treacy is the Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize Fellow in Design at the American Academy in Rome and Assistant Professor in Graphic Design in Department of Art at Appalachian State University.

The event will be held in English.

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.