December 2018

Fellow Shoptalks

Shoptalks – Carmen Belmonte and Karyn Olivier

  • Monday, 3 December 2018 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

Carmen Belmonte
Censorship, Iconoclasm, Preservation: The Multiple Lives of Fascist-Era Monuments and Works of Art

Monuments and works of art realized under the regime still pervade the Italian public space. They raise crucial scholarly questions with regards to issues of agency, reception, preservation and conservation strategies. Through some case studies, Carmen Belmonte will analyze the dynamics of postwar censorship and iconoclasm against images related to Fascist propaganda, as well as the subsequent preservation of Fascist-era cultural heritage. She will explore the ways in which the presence of such cases of controversial heritage might be negotiated within contemporary Italy.

Belmonte is the Italian Fellow in Modern Italian Studies and a postdoctoral fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut fur Kunstgeschichte in Rome.

Karyn Olivier
Invisibility, Mutability, and the Reimagining of Spaces

Karyn Olivier’s talk will focus on her public and interactive artworks. She will discuss her manipulation and rearticulation of everyday objects and spaces in various sites including billboards, parks, grocery stores and sidewalks.

Olivier is the Nancy B. Negley Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts and associate professor and program head for sculpture at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

The event will be held in English. Watch Karyn Olivier’s shoptalk live 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 (16 x 14 x 6 in.) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.


Wangechi Mutu with Anne Palopoli and Peter Benson Miller – The Body and the Road to Justice

  • Wednesday, 5 December 2018 - 7:00pm
Wangechi Mutu, Mirror, 2016, red soil, paper pulp, wood glue, mirrors. Courtesy of Wangechi Mutu [copyright] The Artist.

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: The Body.

As part of the ongoing series organized by the American Academy in Rome exploring the body in art and society from antiquity to the present, renowned contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu will discuss her work with MAXXI curator Anne Palopoli and AAR Arts Director Peter Benson Miller. In Mutu’s worlds, the body is a contested space and a testing ground for the re-imagining of the relationship between man-made forces and the natural world. Through a variety of media, including painting, collage, sculptures, performance, and video, Mutu explores questions of self-image, gender constructs, cultural trauma, and environmental destruction. Her visual language is enriched by experimentation with unorthodox materials, such as Kenyan tea and volcanic soil, gems and seeds.

Mutu has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at important international institutions, including the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum in Berlin, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Staatliche Kunsthalle in Baden Baden, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, The Contemporary Austin in Texas, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, North Carolina, among others. She was featured in the 56th Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures in 2015, and at the Dak’Art Biennial in 2014. Most recently, Mutu’s work was featured in MAXXI’s exhibition Road to Justice, curated by Anne Palopoli. In the spring, she will participate in the upcoming exhibition at the AAR, The Academic Body, curated by Mark Robbins. Mutu works between New York and Nairobi, Kenya.

Wangechi Mutu is currently the Roy Lichtenstein Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

The event will be held in English.

Via Guido Reni, 4
Rome, Italy

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2018–19 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.


Imagining Matera

  • Wednesday, 12 December 2018 - 6:30pm
Italian Cultural Institute
New York
Emmet Gowin, Matera, 1980. Courtesy of Emmet Gowin and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York©Emmet Gowin.

Imagining Matera
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 6:30 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Imaginging Matera will be a roundtable discussion held in conjunction with the exhibition Matera Imagined/Matera Immaginata, which opens on November 13 at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York. The program will feature one artist whose work is on view in the exhibition, along with three scholars in different fields whose work frames Matera’s unique landscape and history. The discussion will focus on the relationship between photography and place, considering how images shape images of landscapes, how those images determine the course of modernity, how myth and history coalesce or diverge through photographs, and how Matera and the Italian landscape highlight these relationships.

Lindsay Harris
Art Historian (2014 Fellow)

Emmet Gowin

M. Antonella Pelizzari
Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Emma Blake
Associate Professor, University of Arizona (2013 Fellow)

This event is free and open to the public; an RSVP, however is required.

For additional information, please contact Shawn Miller at or 212-751-7200, ext. 344.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2018–19 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.