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April 2018

Fellow Shoptalks

Joseph Williams – Mediterranean Trade and the Builder’s Repertoire: The Effects of High Commerce on Architectural Knowledge in Coastal Italy (11th–13th Centuries CE)

  • Wednesday, 4 April 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

The monuments of the medieval Mediterranean were beneficiaries of a considerable mobilization of knowledge. Construction techniques—especially approaches to structural geometry—were not simply the product of isolated local traditions; they were transmitted between far-flung coastlines, adapted to exploit the versatility of local materials, and flexed to generate a range of forms and spaces. A close look at the circulation and change of a particular constructional solution—the squinch dome—and its relationship to the geography of road networks, travel routes, and patronage on the Adriatic coast of Italy, hints at systemic links between the cosmopolitan repertoires of builders and the changing structures of Mediterranean trade.

Joseph Williams is the Phyllis W. G. Gordan/Lily Auchincloss/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Medieval Studies at the American Academy in Rome. He holds a PhD from the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University.

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.

Seminar

The Living Art of the Past – Valentino Pace

  • Friday, 6 April 2018 - 5:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

This series of seminars presents the work of established and young scholars of medieval art in Italy, fostering conversations about the new research directions in the field and exploring the ways in which this art of the past lives and has resonance in the present. The seminars also aim to cultivate relationships between the AAR fellows and scholars from across the national academies and universities in Rome. Each session will feature a talk, Q&A and a discussion of a short pre-circulated paper.

The seminars are organized by AAR Fellows Bissera V. Pentcheva, Anna Majeski, and Joseph Williams. Please email amajeski23@gmail.com to RSVP and for the distribution of short readings.

All seminars take place at 5pm in the AAR lecture room. The seminars will be held in English.

April 6
Professor Valentino Pace, emeritus, Università degli Studi di Udine
Issues in the Art Historical Research of Medieval Southern Italy

May 25
Professor Tanja Michalsky, Executive Director of the Biblioteca Hertziana
Mapping Italy – from Paolino Minorita to Flavio Biondo

June 22
Professor Beat Brenk, emeritus, Universität Basel and La Sapienza
The Cappella Palatina in Palermo

This project is made possible by the Fellows Project Fund 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.

Fellow Shoptalks

Emilio Rosamilia – The Day the Greeks Went South: Cyrene and Its Inscriptions (ca. 400–150 BCE)

  • Monday, 9 April 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

During the second half of the seventh century BCE, a group of Greek islanders set sail for North Africa and founded the city of Cyrene, in nowadays Libya. Thanks to both its contacts with local populations and its fertile land, Cyrene was soon to become one of the most prosperous cities in the Greek world. While ancient historians tell us little about the city’s history after the classical period, much information about Cyrene’s history can be recovered through the analysis of local inscriptions. In particular, these documents shed much light on Cyrene’s exploitation of Libyan countryside and its connections with local artistic productions.

Emilio Rosamilia is the Italian Fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome and a scholar at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

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.

Ceremony

Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony

  • Thursday, 12 April 2018 - 6:30pm
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union
New York

Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony
Thursday, 12 April 2018 – 6:30pm
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square, New York

Each year the Rome Prize is awarded to emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Please join us as we announce the 2018–19 Rome Prize winners and Italian Fellows at the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony.

The event also features a Conversations | Conversazioni with the artist Ann Hamilton, a 2017 Resident, and Mark Robbins, AAR president and CEO and a 1997 Fellow. The dialogue will be followed by a prosecco toast.

This event is at capacity. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis ONLY for those who have RSVP’d in advance.

Fellow Shoptalks

Jonathan Scelsa and Jennifer Birkeland – Crossdisciplinary Vantage - Optics / Operations / Oppositions

  • Monday, 16 April 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

This talk will explore the interdisciplinary design partnership between a landscape architect and an architect through a series of recent projects and ongoing research. The approach to design problems is through exploring the work from the vantage points of the two disciplines, resulting in design solutions that strive to disintegrate the subject-object relationship conventionally established between Landscape + Building, the figure + ground. The work will be explored through three lenses of Unfamiliar Optics, Figural Operations and Identity Oppositions.

Jennifer Birkeland and Jonathan A. Scelsa are the Mark Hampton Rome Prize Fellows in Design at the American Academy in Rome. Jennifer and Jonathan are co-partners of the New York based Architecture and Landscape Design Practice of op.AL. Jonathan is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Design and Technology at Pratt Institute and Jennifer is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University.

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.

Lecture

Annabelle Selldorf – Public Spaces and Private Place

  • Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Selldorf Architects, Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, Brooklyn, New York (photograph © by Marc Lins)

Annabelle Selldorf, principal of Selldorf Architects, a New York City firm founded in 1988, is respected worldwide for her clear vision of respect for historical buildings and a clean, elegant, modernist aesthetic. She will present recent cultural and civic projects including Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, Brooklyn, New York; the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; LUMA Arles, France; Stanze del Vetro, Venice; and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Annabelle Selldorf is the William A Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

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.

Fellow Shoptalks

T. Geronimo Johnson – Interrobang: the truth about sex in heaven

  • Monday, 23 April 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

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T. Geronimo Johnson is the recipient of the John Guare Writer’s Fund Rome Prize in Literature, a gift of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman, from the American Academy in Rome.

The event will be held in English.

Image: Still taken from youtube: BlackJesusRadio - “Black Jesus & The Black Sun”

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.