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April 2019

Fellow Shoptalks

Shoptalks – Francesco Lovino and Lori Wong

  • Monday, 1 April 2019 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Francesco Lovino
Paris Quasi Alterum Byzantium

The renaissance of Byzantine studies in the nineteenth century owes a lot to the infatuation for Constantinople and its art by architects, artists, and novelists. This talk asks how Byzantine imagery affected the taste of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Paris, shading a light into French byzantinomania.

Francesco Lovino is the Italian Fellow in medieval studies and a postdoctoral fellow at Masaryk University’s Center for Early Medieval Studies in Brno.

Lori Wong
A Revival of Replicas

While replicas have existed since antiquity, recent advances in three-dimensional capture, in rapid prototyping and immersive technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality have led to a proliferation of replicated objects from cultural heritage sites in both physical and digital form. Lori Wong’s talk considers the current revival of replica creation prompting questions on how replication shifts our understanding and relationship to the original object and affects conceptions and practices of preservation and conservation.

Wong is the Charles K. William II Rome Prize Fellow and project specialist in the Building and Sites Department at the Getty Conservation Institute.

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

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.

Conversations/Conversazioni

Giuliana Bruno and Alice Friedman – Modern Architecture, Media, and Gender

  • Wednesday, 3 April 2019 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome
Wong Kar-wai, film still from “2046,” 2004

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

How does modern architecture construct and “screen” body space? How do material relations show on surfaces, from faces to façades? Discussing the representation of surface space in architecture and media, this conversation, moderated by John Ochsendorf, will touch on walls, screens, masks, and projections, both literal and figurative.

Giuliana Bruno is Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and current Louis Kahn Resident in the History of Art at the American Academy in Rome. Alice Friedman is Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art at Wellesley College and current Rea S. Hederman Critic in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. John Ochsendorf is Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Director of the American Academy in Rome.

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

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

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.

Lecture

Pierre Chambert-Protat – The Corpus of Ambrose in Lyon during the Carolingian Period: Between Ecdotic Contributions and Medieval Reception

  • Tuesday, 9 April 2019 - 5:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Floro di Lione cita la Vita di Ambrogio di Paolino di Milano nelle margini del commento ambrogiano sul Salmo 118 (Firenze, BML, Plut. XIV. 21, f. 145r)

Pierre Chambert-Protat (École Française de Rome) will give a lecture entitled The Corpus of Ambrose in Lyon during the Carolingian Period: Between Ecdotic Contributions and Medieval Reception. The lecture is organized in collaboration with the Circolo Medievistico Romano.

The Carolingian era was a crucial time in the transmission of antique texts, but we understand little of why and how they were practically transmitted. Preserved documents from IXth century Lyon, texts and first-hand documents, give us a glimpse of what really happened in a Carolingian library and scriptorium. The particularly rich example of Ambrose reflects his reception and the making of a Church Father's authority in the Carolingian era, while simultaneously providing new information on the manuscript tradition of some of his works.

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

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.

Ceremony

Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony

  • Tuesday, 9 April 2019 - 6:30pm
The Great Hall at Cooper Union
New York

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – 6:30 PM
The Great Hall at Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

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 on Tuesday, April 9 as we announce the 2019 Rome Prize winners and Italian Fellows at the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony.

The program also features a Conversations | Conversazioni event titled “Integrity and Public Office: Classical Greek and Roman Perspectives” with Melissa Lane, professor of politics and director of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University (2018 Resident), and John Ochsendorf, director of the American Academy in Rome (2008 Fellow). A Prosecco toast will follow the program.

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

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

 

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Fellow Shoptalks

Shoptalks – David Ogawa and Helen O’Leary

  • Monday, 15 April 2019 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

David Ogawa
All Visible Facts of Interest to Science or Society

This talk will explore some nineteenth-century photographic albums and portfolios. What can early efforts to organize photographic objects and the images contained within them tell us about the ways the medium was understood, deployed, and instrumentalized? What can they tell us about art-historical and archival practices in the digital age?

David Ogawa is the Terra Foundation Affiliated Fellow in Modern Italian Studies and associate professor of art history in the Department of Visual Arts at Union College.

Helen O’Leary
Safe House- open studio

“The end of art is peace / could be the motto of this frail device,” writes Seamus Heaney in The Harvest Bow, but it is an end that is rarely, if ever, easily attained. In between the identified need and the desired end is a process of some turbulence and disorder, wherein the claims of fracture and disappointment must be accounted for. Helen O’Leary’s work understands the play between a unifying scheme of resolution and its opposite: how art is to be wrestled from difficulty and contest, and how it may still cohere on a surface that is given to peace as much as to beauty.

O’Leary is the Jules Guerin/Harold M. English/Miss Edith Bloom Fund Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts and professor of art for the School of Visual Arts at Pennsylvania State University.

The event will be held in English. Watch Ogawa’s presentation live at https://livestream.com/aarome.

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.

Keynote

Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi – Water, Landscape, and Architecture

  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019 - 6:30pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi

A keynote lecture by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, current Mercedes T. Bass Landscape Architects in Residence at the American Academy in Rome and partners at the firm Weiss/Manfredi on water, landscape, and architecture. The event is organized in collaboration with the ENEL Foundation.

The lecture precedes a conference on April 18 at the American Academy on Water and Culture: A View from Rome. Please see program in attachment.

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

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.

Conference

Water and Culture: A View from Rome

  • Thursday, 18 April 2019 - 10:30am to 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Villa d'Este, Tivoli

A symposium at the American Academy in Rome in collaboration with the Enel Foundation

Water is necessary for life, and controlling it for health, sustenance, and pleasure has often been used as a means of defining and shaping a culture. To provide an abundant and reliable supply of water has demonstrated both economic and political power throughout the ages. The most obvious displays tend to occur in urban areas, but water has also been critical for the development of rural areas for agriculture and for use as a power source. Water can also be a threat: floods can cause death and damage property, stagnant water can limit agricultural production and provide breeding grounds for disease. Even in areas where water is relatively abundant, lack of infrastructure can cause water scarcity for those who need it. Struggle for control of water resources has often manifested itself in the legal codes of various societies, which in turn can provide a lens into cultural priorities. Thus the management of water in both urban and rural contexts has been central in determining the framework in which the inhabitants flourish (or not). Using Rome and central Italy as our focus, we will touch on each of these issues: the role of the law in determining who has access to  water, the use of water as a power source and a sign of power, the importance of infrastructure, the problem of water disasters, and the intersection of water control, economics and shaping society.

The conference is structured around a series of six papers and a panel discussion. The papers take a historical approach and deal with the way in which the control of water has shaped culture in Rome and central Italy from the Roman Empire to the 20th century. Then using the past as a springboard to the future, the discussion panel will address current and future opportunities in water management, especially in the United States and Italy, and brainstorm on innovative ways of confronting them. Our hope is that by looking at the past we can frame the discussion about our future.

Speakers and topics include:
Gregory Aldrete - Floods in Ancient Rome: The Eternal City Goes Under
Cynthia Bannon - Roman Water Law: Aims and Assessments
Kathryn L. Gleason - Opulent Waters:  Landscape Architectural Displays of Water Wealth in Ancient Rome
Katherine Rinne - Trickle down theory in Late-Renaissance and Baroque Rome
Paolo Squatriti - Water Management in Medieval Italy
Frank Snowden - Fascism and the Pontine Marshes

The conference will conclude with a panel discussion on Water management, climate change, and landscape design. Please see full program in attachment.

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

Avalid 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.

Fellow Shoptalks

Shoptalks – Alessandra Ciucci and Invernomuto (Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi)

  • Monday, 29 April 2019 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Alessandra Ciucci
Performing the ḥrig: Music, Sound and Undocumented Migration across the Mediterranean (Morocco-Italy)

“L-ḥarraga” is a song that narrates the voyage and the experience of undocumented migration that ends with the tragic death of a young Moroccan man crossing the Mediterranean. This talk explores “L-ḥarraga” as a sonorous account of a hazardous voyage, through which it is possible to reflect on burning political questions concerning a geocultural zone where the historically determined differences between North and South are increasingly acute: the Mediterranean.

Alessandra Ciucci is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies and assistant professor in the Department of Music at Columbia University.

Invernomuto (Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi)
Black Med

Black Med is a platform initiated by Invernomuto for Manifesta 12: The Planetary Garden. The Mediterranean Sea, once understood as a fluid entity aiding the formation of networks and exchange, is now the scenario of a humanitarian crisis and heated geopolitical dispute. This ever-problematizing milieu is the battlefield for increasingly complex identities; the sonic trails emerging from the Mediterranean, as the scholar Iain Chambers puts it, thus “resist representation and propose an affective economy … that is intrinsically diasporic.” For this talk Invernomuto will browse through a selection of musical instances that constituted the research around Black Med so far. Starting from the genesis of the project in Palermo, the talk will also present a series of visual and sonic references to frame the research the duo will undertake in the upcoming months of residency at AAR.

The Milan-based Invernomuto (Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi) are the Cy Twombly Italian Fellows in Visual Arts.

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

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.