Calendar

October 2019

Talk

Elizabeth Rodini – Journeys, and the Afterlife of Things

  • Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Image: Elizabeth Rodini, Street scene, Istanbul, 2018.

What can we learn by following the trajectory of a single object? Using a renowned but puzzling Renaissance portrait as the starting point, Elizabeth Rodini will explore how a fragile fifteenth-century painting speaks to a range of contemporary matters, from the politics of preservation to ideologies of imagery and beyond.   

Elizabeth Rodini is the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome. Previous to her arrival at the Academy, she was teaching professor and founding director of the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University. Her interests lie at the intersections of historical inquiry and contemporary practice, and center on the mobility of objects across time, space, and imagination. Recent work examines the reception of Islamic objects in Venice; museological developments in 20th-century Paris; and the exhibition of African art in contemporary American museums. This lecture grows out of her forthcoming book, Gentile Bellini’s Portrait of Sultan Mehmet II: Lives and Afterlives of an Iconic Image (I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2020).

The shoptalk 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.

 

Talk

Lynne Lancaster - My Rome: A Long-Term Relationship with the Eternal City

  • Monday, 7 October 2019 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Lynne Lancaster, December 2009.

Lynne Lancaster will speak about the ways in which her time in Rome over a 30-year period has affected the trajectory of her research on Roman architecture.

Lynne Lancaster (Fellow 2002) is the Mellon Professor In Charge of the Humanities. She is the author of Concrete Vaulted Construction in Imperial Rome, Innovations in Context (Cambridge 2005) and Innovative Vaulted Construction in the Architecture of the Roman Empire, 1st to 4th centuries CE (Cambridge 2015) as well as articles on the Colosseum, Trajan’s Column, and Trajan’s Markets. She studied architecture at Virginia Tech (B.Arch) and Classical Archaeology at Oxford University (M.Phil., D.Phil.).

The shoptalk will be given 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.

Fellow Shoptalks

Shoptalks – Victoria Moses and John Jesurun

  • Monday, 14 October 2019 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Victoria Moses
Meat and the Birth of Rome

In the ninth to fifth centuries BCE, Rome changed rapidly from a small settlement of huts into a fortified urban center. The physical reorganization of the city is inseparable from the social transformations that went along with it, including changes in social roles, economics, and religion. In this talk Victoria Moses will investigate the emergence of urbanism in Rome and its environs through zooarchaeology, or the study of animal remains from archaeological sites, to demonstrate what early Romans ate and what they sacrificed during this time of transition and how meat relates to the foundation of Rome. She will also show that the early Romans conserved their foodways and religious rituals through this time of change.

Moses is the Samuel H. Kress Foundation/Helen M. Woodruff - Archaeological Institute of America Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies and a PhD candidate in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

John Jesurun
Partial View

John Jesurun will present a short survey of a multidimensional journey, moving from the linear form towards speaking in curves.

John Jesurun is the Nancy B. Negley Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts and a playwright, director, and media artist based in New York.

The shoptalks will be held in English. Watch this event livestreamed 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.

Exhibition

Encounters I

  • Tuesday, 15 October 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AAR Gallery
Rome
Al Held, “Padua II,” 1981, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 84 in. (photograph by Christopher Burke and provided by the Al Held Foundation and White Cube)

Encounters I 
John Cage / Philip Guston
Eleanor Clark / Eugene Berman
Al Held / Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – 6:00 to 9:00pm 
AAR Gallery
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome

Encounters II
Julie Mehretu / J. Meejin Yoon
May 2020

In celebration of the Academy’s 125th anniversary, the exhibition Encounters I & II investigates the enduring impact of the city of Rome as a dynamic creative laboratory through a series of interdisciplinary exchanges. Spanning the immediate postwar period to the present day, the results of these collaborations were not always immediately apparent, but their impact continues to resonate throughout the arts and the humanities in the United States and around the world.

This exhibition, articulated in two parts, highlights specific examples of this central aspect of the Academy’s mission, demonstrating the interplay between visual art, musical composition, literature, and architecture set against, interpreting, and engaging monuments and urban space in Rome and elsewhere in Italy.

The exhibition also traces how these encounters have contributed to the development of several distinct strains of abstraction. Emerging out of conceptions of city, space, society, and history, and employing differing perspectives and techniques, such as collage and the interpretation of architecture, these strains, expressed in a range of separate, but interconnected media, from drawings to public monuments, owe a great deal to the unique intellectual and creative atmosphere at the American Academy in Rome.

The exhibition is curated by Peter Benson Miller. It is part of a year-long series of programs and events conceived around the theme of “Encounters,” which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founding of the American Academy in Rome.

The Academy's 125th anniversary programs have been generously supported by the Syde Hurdus Foundation. The Residency of J. Meejin Yoon (2006 Fellow) is made possible by the Colin Rowe Designer in Residence Fund. The Residency of Julie Mehretu is made possible by the Roy Lichtenstein Artist in Residence Fund. Support for Encounters I & II has also been provided by the Al Held Foundation and by Irene and Frank Salerno, remembering their dear friend, Rodolfo Rinaldi. 

EXHIBITION EVENTS
Conference
The American Academy as a Mirror of Cultural Change: 125 years of Arts and Humanities in the Eternal City
11 November 2019

Conversation
Julie Mehretu and J. Meejin Yoon (2006 Fellow)
After Charlottesville
21 November 2019

GALLERY HOURS
Saturday-Sunday, 4pm-7pm
19 October to 8 December 2019

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.

 
Information Session

Rome Prize Information Session

  • Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 6:30pm

The American Academy in Rome, in conjunction with the Department of Art History at New York University, invites you to an information session on the 2020 Rome Prize. Shawn Miller, Program Director, will lead a discussion on the prize and the Academy with past Rome Prize winners John N. Hopkins (2009 Fellow, Ancient Studies), Anna Serotta (2015 Fellow, Historic Preservation and Conservation), and Javier Galindo (2016 Fellow, Architecture). A short Q&A will follow.

Thursday, October 17, 2019
6:30–7:30 p.m.
New York University
Department of Art History
Silver Center, 32 Waverly Place
Room 301
New York, NY

The American Academy in Rome supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community. Each year, the Academy awards the Rome Prize to thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. The winners are invited to Rome to pursue their work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic experimentation and interdisciplinary exchange. The Rome Prize consists of room and board, a stipend ($28,000 for full-term fellowships; $16,000 for half-term fellowships), individual work space, and privileged access to Rome.

The deadline for the national Rome Prize competition is Wednesday, November 1, 2019. Applications will also be accepted between November 2–15, 2019, for an additional fee. For more information about the Rome Prize, or to apply, please visit our website here.

This event is free to the public, however RSVPs are required.

 

Fellow Shoptalks

Shoptalks – Federica Nicolardi and Michael Young

  • Monday, 21 October 2019 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Federica Nicolardi
Reading, Reconstructing, and Interpreting Greek Papyri from Herculaneum: The Scroll of the Life of Philonides as a Case Study

The extraordinary eighteenth-century find of the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum revealed a unique library from the Graeco-Roman world. The scrolls, which mostly contain Greek texts related to Epicurean philosophy, however, are charred and extremely fragile. Federica Nicolardi will give an overview of the most difficult tasks of Herculaneum papyrology and present her work of reconstruction and edition of some texts belonging to the collection.

Nicolardi is the Franco Zeffirelli Italian Fellow in Ancient Studies and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Naples Federico II.

Michael Young
The Aesthetics of Attention: Four Projects from Young & Ayata

One of the issues that architecture is responsible for is the aesthetics of our everyday surroundings, the environments we experience habitually as the background of reality. In this presentation,Michael Young will discuss four projects from Young & Ayata in terms of fluctuations between attention and distraction regarding the aesthetics of the background.

Young is the Arnold W. Brunner/Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture, an assistant professor in the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union, and a partner at Young & Ayata, based in New York.

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.

Keynote

T. Corey Brennan – Foreign Academies in Rome: The Quest for Acceptance

  • Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - 6:00pm
Finnish Institute in Rome
Rome
Scholars at the American Academy in Rome, May 1957. Credit: James Whitmore (photographer) / LIFE photo archive hosted by Google.

Corey Brennan (1988 Fellow and 2020 Resident) will give the keynote lecture "Foreign Academies in Rome: The Quest for Acceptance" at the conference Model Rome – International Capital Cities of Science and Arts in the 20th Century on October 22 at 6:00pm at the Finnish Academy, Villa Lante. The conference continues on October 23 and 24 at the German Historical Institute in Rom and the German Archaeological Institute, respectively. For more information and to view the full program, please consult https://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-41368.

Location
Finnish Institute in Rome
Villa Lante
Passeggiata del Gianicolo, 10
Rome, Italy

The lecture will be given in English.

This talk is part of a year-long series of programs and events conceived around the theme of “Encounters,” which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founding of the American Academy in Rome.

Conversation

Yto Barrada and Sanford Biggers with Peter Benson Miller – Dye-aspora

  • Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - 6:30pm
Yto Barrada (photograph by Benoît Peverelli) and Sanford Biggers (photograph by Eric Helgas)

Occasioned by Yto Barrada's exhibition The Dye Garden, at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY, until December 22, this conversation pairs Barrada (2018 Resident) with Sanford Biggers (2018 Fellow). Both artists work with thread, textiles, quilted fabric, and embroidery, as well as photography, installation, and film, to unearth forgotten histories and critically engage socio-political issues, including the legacy of slavery, diaspora, postcolonial identity, and resistance to dominant narratives. Together, they will discuss, among other topics, collaboration, the impact of their time in Rome on their recent work, and the overlap between their respective artistic projects.

Yto Barrada, Artist (2018 Resident) & Sanford Biggers, Artist  (2018 Fellow), with Peter Benson Miller (AAR Curator-at-large)

Pace Gallery
540 West 25th Street
7th Floor
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
6:30 PM

This event has reached capacity. Please sign up at https://support.aarome.org/pages/event-pages/event-2020-conversations-barrada-biggers to be added to the waitlist.

This Conversation is part of a year-long series of programs and events conceived around the theme of “Encounters,” which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founding of the American Academy in Rome.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2019–20 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

Lecture

Teo Ruiz – Sicily: A Site of Encounters

  • Tuesday, 29 October 2019 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Cathedral in Monreale, Sicily

In this lecture, Teo Ruiz (2020 Resident) will emphasize the encounter of different civilizations in Sicily and the production of hybrid cultural forms as a result of these cultural encounters. Beginning with a brief account of Sicilian history, the talk will mostly center on the period encompassed by Muslim rule and the coming of the Normans, concluding with the reign of the Hohenstaufen ruler, Frederick II. A brief epilogue will trace the history of the island after 1282 and the present flow of people into the western Mediterranean.

Teo Ruiz is a scholar of the social and popular cultures of late medieval and early modern Spain and the Western Mediterranean. He is Distinguished Professor of History and of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Los Angeles. His most recent books are: The Western Mediterranean and the World: 400 to the Present (Wiley & Sons, 2018); Spanish Society, 1348-1700 (Routledge, 2017); A King’s Travels: Festivals, Spectacles, and Power in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain (Princeton University Press, 2012); and The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in the Western World (Princeton University Press, 2011).

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

This lecture is part of a year-long series of programs and events conceived around the theme of “Encounters,” which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founding of 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.