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June 2018

Benefit

2018 McKim Medal Gala

  • Wednesday, 6 June 2018 - 7:30pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome

   

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The American Academy in Rome honors Roberto Benigni and Sir Antonio Pappano.

The McKim Medal Gala in Rome honors individuals whose work internationally—especially in Italy and in the United States—has contributed significantly to the arts and humanities, and whose life exemplifies creative and intellectual exchange across the arts, scholarship, language, and culture. Proceeds support the American Academy in Rome’s efforts to foster interdisciplinary exchange among Italian and American artists and scholars within an exceptional global community. The Fellowship program enables talented Italians and Americans to pursue their work in an intellectually stimulating environment, and to contribute to evolving international discourse and interdisciplinary exchange through their participation in Academy programs such as concerts, lectures, readings, and exhibitions.

For information, please contact Inga Clausing at +39 06-5846-474 or write to i.clausing@aarome.org.

Honoring

Roberto Benigni, actor and film director
Sir Antonio Pappano, conductor and music director

Dinner Chair

Maite Bulgari

Dinner Co-Chair

Federica Tittarelli Cerasi

Honorary Dinner Chairs

Mrs. Lewis M. Eisenberg
Ginevra Elkann Gaetani

Founding Dinner Chair

Verdella Caracciolo de Benedictis

Dinner Committee

Alessia Antinori
Raffaella Banchero
Mercedes T. Bass
Gabriella Bassatne
Thomas Blount
Beatrice Bulgari
Marella Caracciolo Chia
Inga Clausing
Suzanne Deal Booth
Elisabetta Di Amato
Elena Di Giovanni
Andrea Donzelli
Paola Gaetani d’Aragona
Francesco Gianni
Eugenio Grippo
Ludovica Gubitosi
Francesca Leone
Pepi Marchetti Franchi
Alessia Margiotta Broglio
Nancy Novogrod
Martine Orsini
Mirella Petteni Haggiag
Marie-Louise Sciò
Paola Severino
Susan Singer
Ines Torlonia Theodoli Clarke
Soledad Twombly
Maria Teresa Venturini Fendi

Corporate Patron

Moncler SpA

Corporate Supporters

Bloomberg
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Citi
Credit Suisse
Digital Economy Ventures
Dior
Fendi
Fondazione Carla Fendi
Gagosian
Generali
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners
Giorgio Armani
Green Arrow Capital
Grimaldi Studio Legale
Gucci
Maire Tecnimont SpA
Tiffany & Co.
Tommy Hilfiger
Valentino SpA

   

Open Studios

Fellows’ Open Studios, Musical Performances, and Readings

  • Thursday, 7 June 2018 - 6:00pm to 11:30pm
McKim, Mead & White Building
Rome
Beverly McIver in her studio

Open Studios offer the public an opportunity to see the studios of the current Rome Prize Fellows and Italian Fellows in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, design, and visual arts and to attend readings by the Rome Prize Fellows in literature and musical performances by the Rome Prize Fellows and Italian Fellow in musical composition.

Participants in the Open Studios are: Brandon Clifford and Keith Krumwiede in architecture; Jennifer Birkeland, Fosco Lucarelli, Jonathan Scelsa, and Tricia Treacy in design; Aroussiak Gabrielian, Alison Hirsch, and Rosetta Elkin in landscape architecture; Sanford Biggers, Abigail DeVille, Rä di Martino, Alessandro Di Pietro, Rochelle Feinstein, Allen Frame, and Beverly McIver in visual arts; Ishion Hutchinson and T. Geronimo Johnson in literature; and Suzanne Farrin, Ashley Fure, and Federico Gardella in musical composition.

PROGRAM FOR EVENING

6:00pm  Event begins - front garden studios open

6:30pm  Performance/installation in front garden
Janus
Brandon Clifford, Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture
Federico Gardella, Italian Fellow in Musical Composition
Sculpture by Brandon Clifford & CEMEX Global R&D & Johanna Lobdell (Mural) & Odico Formwork Robotics (Formwork)
Composition by Federico Gardella & Simone Conforti 

7:00pm  Main building studios open to public

8:00pm  Reading in studio
T. Geronimo Johnson, Rome Prize Fellow in Literature

8:30pm  Reading in studio
Ishion Hutchinson, Rome Prize Fellow in Literature 

10:00pm  Main building studios close to public

10:10pm  Performance in cryptoporticus
Filament Fragment 1
Ashley Fure, Rome Prize Fellow in Musical Composition
Brandon Clifford, Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture
Composition by Ashley Fure; in collaboration with Brandon Clifford (megaphone design), Yi Zhao (lighting design), Lilleth Glimcher (associate director) and Lester St. Louis (assistant producer); performed by Ashley Fure (double bass) and vocalists Marisa Michelson, Antonella Marotta, Sabina Meyer, Paola Ronchetti, Keiko Morikawa, Anna Di Martini, Marta Zanazzi and Ornella Scocca

10:20pm  Readings in courtyard
T. Geronimo Johnson, Rome Prize Fellow in Literature
Ishion Hutchinson, Rome Prize Fellow in Literature 

10:45pm  Performance/installation in front garden
Gibigiana
Suzanne Farrin, Rome Prize Fellow in Musical Composition
Alison Hirsch and Aroussiak Gabrielian, Rome Prize Fellows in Landscape Architecture
Hypersea-a work in progress by Suzanne Farrin
Oraison by Oliver Messiaen adapted from the original for ondes Martenot, viola and two cellos 
Installation by Alison Hirsch and Aroussiak Gabrielian in collaboration with Stefano Silvia; performed by Suzanne Farrin (ondes Martenot), Luca Bagagli (violin and conductor), Soyeon Kim (violin), Elena Favila (viola), Roberto Mansueto (cello), Wilhemina Smith (cello) and Flavio Tanzi (percussion)

11:00pm  Performance in front garden
Filament Fragment 2
Ashley Fure, Rome Prize Fellow in Musical Composition
Brandon Clifford, Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture
Composition by Ashley Fure; in collaboration with Brandon Clifford (megaphone design), Yi Zhao (lighting design), Lilleth Glimcher (associate director) and Lester St. Louis (assistant producer); performed by Suzanne Farrin (ondes Martenot) and vocalists Marisa Michelson, Antonella Marotta, Sabina Meyer, Paola Ronchetti, Keiko Morikawa, Anna Di Martini, Marta Zanazzi and Ornella Scocca

11:30pm  Event ends in front garden

Additionally, the exhibition Yto Barrada - The Dye Garden will be open in the AAR gallery from 7pm to 10pm.

Funding for Janus is provided by CEMEX Global R&D with formwork provided by Odico Formwork Robotics.

Funding for Gibigiana is provided by Hunter College, CUNY and the University of Southern California.

Musical performances at Open Studios 2018 are made possible by the Fromm Music Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc. and the Fellows’ Project Fund of the American Academy in Rome. 

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

Reading

Karl Kirchwey – Poems of Rome

  • Wednesday, 20 June 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Karl Kirchwey’s (1995 Fellow) seventh book, Stumbling Blocks: Roman Poems (TriQuarterly/Northwestern University Press, October 2017), like his second book, The Engrafted Word (Henry Holt, 1998), takes Rome as the geographical source for explorations of history, myth, and autobiography. During his tenure as the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome (2010–13), Kirchwey organized walking tours to sites, monuments, and works of art in Rome about which great poems have been written. These itineraries have given rise to a new volume in the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets series, Poems of Rome, edited by Kirchwey and including work from the Renaissance to the present. On this occasion, Kirchwey will read from and talk about these two books that had their origins at the American Academy in Rome.

Kirchwey is the author of seven books of poetry, including most recently Stumbling Blocks: Roman Poems (2017) and Mount Lebanon (2011). His book The Engrafted Word (1998) was a New York Times Notable Book. In addition, Kirchwey’s translation of Paul Verlaine’s first book, as Poems Under Saturn, was published in 2011, and he has been working on translations of work by contemporary Italian poets Giovanni Giudici (1924–2011) and Giorgio Vigolo (1894–1983). His verse drama based on the Alcestis of Euripides is Airdales & Cipher, and he has just edited an anthology of poems about Rome for the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets series. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Literary Imagination, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and elsewhere. He has received NEA, Guggenheim, and Ingram Merrill grants, as well as the Cato Prize for Poetry. For many years director of the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, Kirchwey also taught in and directed the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College (2000–10) and since 2014 has been professor of English and creative writing at Boston University, where he teaches in the MFA program.

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

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

Seminar

The Living Art of the Past – Beat Brenk

  • Friday, 22 June 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 precirculated 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
You can watch this event livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome.

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 40 x 35 x 15 cm (16 x 14 x 6 in.) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Multimedia Conversation

Voicing Michelangelo’s Poetry

  • Monday, 25 June 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

In Renaissance Rome, audiences could encounter the poetry of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) through music. In 1533, for example, the Sistine Chapel choir member Costanzo Festa (1480–1545) debuted his setting of a madrigal by Michelangelo. Nearly five centuries later, this event presents an analysis of the historic vocalization of Michelangelo’s poetry in conjunction with selections of Suzanne Farrin’s opera based on his verses, dolce la morte.

This staged conversation and audio-visual presentation is the culmination of a transmedial collaboration between three current Rome Prize Fellows in different disciplines, Raymond Carlson (Renaissance and early modern), Suzanne Farrin (musical compoistion), and Jessica Peritz (modern Italian studies). It will address fundamental questions about the relationship of Italian lyric poetry to the voice. How is authorial agency preserved or lost when a writer’s lyric poems are subsequently set to music by a composer? What resonances do the musical settings of Michelangelo’s poems have with his artistic and architectural endeavors in Rome? Recalling that Michelangelo switched gendered pronouns in certain verses, are there broader notions that govern our connection to the voice and gender, and what does that mean for contemporary music making? The event will be followed by a brief question and answer session, as well as a reception.

The event will be held in English.

This project is made possible by the Fellows’ Project Fund of the American Academy in Rome.

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

 
Seminar

Incontri ITAR - Jason Moralee and Michele Salzman

  • Tuesday, 26 June 2018 - 5:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

The American Academy in Rome will host a session of the Incontri tardoantichi a Roma (ITAR) / Late Antique Seminars in Rome with two lectures.

Jason Moralee (2010 Fellow)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
“An Object of Infinite Love and Infinite Hate”: The Capitoline Hill in Late Antiquity 

Michele R. Salzman (1987 Fellow, 2008 Resident)
University of California, Riverside 
Rome after the Fall of the Western Roman Emperor: A New View of the Papacy of Felix III (483–492)

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

The Incontri ITAR are organized by Olof Brandt (PIAC), Charles Davoine (EFR), Kristine Iara (AAR), Silvia Orlandi (Sapienza Università di Roma), Claire Sotinel (Université Paris-Est Créteil), and Norbert Zimmermann (DAI). For more information about ITAR, please contact incontri-tardoantichi@googlegroups.com.

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