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September 2018

Talk

Mark Robbins – Rome in America

  • Monday, 17 September 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Night and Day, 2010

Mark Robbins (1997 Fellow), an artist, architect, and the president and CEO of the American Academy in Rome, will present his work that deals with the intersection of public space, art, and urban design. Robbins will also speak about the role of cultural institutions in a civil society.

The event will be held in English. Watch the livestream 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.

Talk

John Ochsendorf – Una Volta a Roma

  • Monday, 24 September 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
DronePort by ODB with the Norman Foster Foundation, Arsenale di Venezia, 2016

John Ochsendorf is the Director of the American Academy in Rome and the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Engineering at MIT. He is the author of Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) and was lead curator for a major traveling exhibition on Guastavino vaults from 2012 to 2014. In addition to the Rome Prize (2008), his work has been supported by a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain (1999) and a MacArthur Fellowship (2008). He has collaborated with leading architects around the world and his firm Ochsendorf DeJong and Block (ODB) presented two major projects at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2016. Ochsendorf studied at Cornell (BS), Princeton (MS), and Cambridge (PhD) and has been teaching at MIT since 2002.

The event will be held in English. Watch the livestream 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.

Christina Huemer Lectureship

Mary Beard – The Classical Body: The Naked and the Nude

  • Tuesday, 25 September 2018 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome

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

The American Academy in Rome opens its 201819 programming season with a lecture by Mary Beard, a renowned scholar of antiquity and a writer and blogger on women in society today. She will explore the idea of the human body in classical sculpture: female and male, normative and conservative, subversive and transgressive. Beard’s lecture will aim to pull apart the image of the body in classical sculpture as a dead weight on our imagination, and to follow the edgy awkwardness that the work of the Greeks and Romans bravely faced. Her topics will range from Praxiteles to Jenny Saville, from Kenneth Clark to twenty-first-century feminism.

Beard’s lecture inaugurates a thematic series of events organized in 201819 on “The Body,” which will consider the bodyby way of past artifact and present realityas a site of subjectivity and meaning in the arts and humanities today.

Mary Beard is professor of classics at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She is the author of eighteen books on society and culture in the ancient world, including The Parthenon (2002), The Roman Triumph (2007), and Women and Power: A Manifesto (2017). Since 1992 she has been the classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement, which also hosts her blog, A Don’s Life. Beard is the 201819 Lucy Shoe Meritt Resident in Classical Studies and Archaeology at the American Academy in Rome.

The event will be held in English. Watch the livestream at https://livestream.com/aarome.

Christina Huemer Lectureship: Christina Huemer was the Academy's first Drue Heinz Librarian (1992-2007), and deeply committed to the many Academy Fellows, Residents, and readers in the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library. The Christina Huemer Lecture Series was established by Academy Trustee C. Brian Rose in celebration of her devotion to great scholarship and creativity.

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.

 

Rome Art History Network Lecture

Peter Benson Miller – Paolo Gioli, Anthropolaroid

  • Thursday, 27 September 2018 - 6:00pm
Academia Belgica
Rome
Paolo Gioli, “Torace,” 2007, Polaroid 20×24 and Polaroid transfer print on silk, 21¾ x 27½ in. (55.5 x 70 cm). Collection of Paolo Vampa (artwork © Paolo Gioli)

Inaugural lecture of the 2018/2019 program of the Rome Art History Network, held at the Academica Belgica, via Omero, 8, Rome.

Italian artist Paolo Gioli (1942 ), who studied painting and the nude at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Venice, has long been preoccupied with the human body. Like his experimental films, which establish “an essential analogy between celluloid and skin as the sensitive interface between the self and the outside world,” Gioli’s Polaroid transfers use the body and its fragments as a means to interrogate photography’s history and theoretical foundations, as well as its dialogue with cinema, printmaking, sculpture, and painting.

Gioli was among the first artists to master Polaroid transfers following the introduction of SX-70 instant film in 1972. Since then, he has produced a wide range of formally complex works with the gelatin and dye layers of Polaroid emulsion. Using handmade pinhole cameras and alternative paper and silk supports, Gioli marries the most elemental procedures of early photography to a sophisticated use of the one-step film created by Edwin Land, co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation.

This talk offers a preview of the themes engaged by the exhibition of the same name opening at the American Academy in Rome on October 11. Both the talk and the exhibition explore the artist’s technical virtuosity with the Polaroid medium as a platform for profound meditations upon the human form and the fractured body politic.

Peter Benson Miller is the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome.

The lecture will be held in English.

Location: 
Academica Belgica
Via Omero, 8
00197 Roma
www.academiabelgica.it