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March 2020

Fellow Shoptalks

Shoptalks – Courtney Bryan

  • Monday, 2 March 2020 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

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Courtney Bryan
“Composing in the Spirit”: Collaboration, Improvisation, and Sounds of Freedom

Composer and pianist Courtney Bryan will discuss her creative process developing two current and related projects: Awakening, an opera and Sounds of Freedom, a recording. Both projects are inspired by history, and explore themes of freedom, spirit, love, home, and sanctuary. While related thematically, each project approaches the creative process in contrasting yet complementary ways regarding collaboration, improvisation, and notation.

Awakening is a one-act opera based on an imagined contemporary woman who transforms herself out of an oppressive situation with the guidance of the spirits of three 19th century Black women religious leaders and freedom fighters: Rebecca Cox Jackson, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman. Collaborators include the International Contemporary Ensemble, director Charlotte Brathwaite, vocalist Helga Davis, artist Cauleen Smith, librettist Sharan Strange, and dramaturgs Sunder Ganglani and Matthew Morrison. Bryan’s recent recording project, Sounds of Freedom, is inspired by an experimental music tradition stemming from the Black Arts Movement in New Orleans, and includes collaborators drummer Joe Dyson, saxophonist Stephen Gladney, bassist Brian Quezergue, saxophonists Calvin Johnson and Khari Allen Lee, trumpeter Kevin Louis, and poet Chuck Perkins. Ideas for sounds of freedom in both projects include interviews with her collaborators, with fellows at the American Academy in Rome, and selected participants in the Black History Month Florence V Edizione festival.

Courtney Bryan is the Samuel Barber Rome Prize Fellow in Musical Composition and Assistant Professor, Newcomb Department of Music, Tulane University.

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

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 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Conversations/Conversazioni

CANCELED - The Pergamon Panorama in Berlin: Where Tradition and Digital Innovation Converge

  • Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Panorama Pergamon with visitors’ platform from above ( © asisi; photograph by Tom Schulze)

PLEASE NOTE THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Martin Maischberger, deputy director of Antikensammlung Berlin, and Lynne Lancaster (2002 Fellow), Andrew W. Mellon Professor for the Humanities, American Academy in Rome, will discuss “The Pergamon Panorama in Berlin: Where Tradition and Digital Innovation Converge.”

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

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2019–20 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. 

 

Conversations/Conversazioni

POSTPONED – Encounters with Philip Guston

  • Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 6:30pm
Hauser & Wirth
New York

THIS CONVERSATION/CONVERSAZIONI HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

This discussion will feature two speakers—the author Musa Mayer and Marc Payot, president of Hauser & Wirth—for an engaging dialogue about the impact of Rome and Italy on the prolific later work of the American artist Philip Guston (1949 Fellow, 1971 Resident).

The conversation will take place at Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011.

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

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

Conference

CANCELED - Digital Innovations in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

  • Friday, 13 March 2020 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

PLEASE NOTE THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

This conference celebrates 125 years of the American Academy in Rome and its engagement in the study of ancient monuments by looking to the future to explore the ways that digital technologies are affecting the ways we study and present the past. The celebration begins with an evening lecture (Thursday 12 March 2020) by Martin Maischberger (Antikensammlung Berlin) on the Pergamon Panorama in Berlin, a project that takes the 19th-century concept of the cyclorama and uses digital technology to bring it into the 21st century to recreate the ancient site of Pergamon. The next day (Friday 13 March 2020), a series of papers in the morning focus on different modes of digital acquisition and analysis at a variety of types of ancient archaeological sites. A major goal is to explore the ways that digital technologies are changing the questions we ask. The papers in the afternoon session then examine the new ways that archaeological information is being disseminated as well as some of the challenges faced in using it to engage the public with issues of cultural heritage. In addition, there will be computer stations set up allowing the attendees to interact with some of the new applications and virtual reality projects.

The speakers include Francesca Anichini, Stefano Borghini, Maria Letizia Buonfiglio, Peter Campbell, Alessandro D’Alessio, Steven Ellis (2013 Fellow, 2016 Affiliated Fellow), Elizabeth Fentress, Bernard Frischer (1976 Fellow, 1997 Resident), Gabriele Gattiglia, Letizia Gualandi, Giacomo Landeschi, Rachel Opitz, Stefania Pergola, Federica Michela Rossi, Arianna Traviglia, and Gianluca Zanzi.

All events take place in the Lecture Room in the main building of the Academy (Via Angelo Masina, 5). The conference will be 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.

Fellow Shoptalks

CANCELED - Shoptalks – Corey Tazzara and Sarah Crowner

  • Monday, 16 March 2020 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Corey Tazzara
Pietro Della Valle and Global Catholicism in the Seventeenth Century

Italy during the Renaissance is famed for its achievements in the arts and sciences, as well as for the economic hegemony that its merchants exercised throughout the Mediterranean World. Italy during the seventeenth century is known for its economic decline, political marginalization, and religious obscurantism. This talk will reassess the portrait of Italian decline by examining the career of the lay Roman Pietro Della Valle, who is best known for his travels in Persia and India, and who also played a role in promoting evangelization in the East. His career sheds new light on the way that lay and clerical cultures intersected during the period. It also suggests how the Church’s program for cultural control—best represented by the Inquisition—were at odds with the ideological and practical imperatives of its missionary activity. Italian decline was real, but it was mediated and to some extent alleviated by its global religious ambitions.

Corey Tazzara is the Rome Prize Fellow in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and  Assistant Professor, Department of History, Scripps College.

Sarah Crowner 

Sarah Crowner will be discussing her recent projects in painting and terra-cotta tile installations, including her current investigations into architecture, the cut-out, and performanceand how a seemingly static painting can engage a viewer over time and three dimensional space. She will show images from her archive, exhibition history, and will have material samples on hand to pass around.

Sarah Crowner is the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts and artist, Brooklyn, NY.

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

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 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.  

Lecture

CANCELED - Friends of the Library Lecture - Alina Payne - Architecture, Words and the Limits of Drawing

  • Tuesday, 17 March 2020 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome

Alina Payne will deliver the American Academy in Rome Friends of the Library Lecture for 2019-20 entitled Architecture, Words and the Limits of Drawing

Payne is Paul E. Geier Director of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and Alexander P. Misheff Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She is the author of The Architectural Treatise in the Italian Renaissance (1999), Rudolf Wittkower (2010), From Ornament to Object. Genealogies of Architectural Modernism (2012), The Telescope and the Compass. Teofilo Gallaccini and the Dialogue between Architecture and Science in the Age of Galileo (2012), and L'architecture parmi les arts: Matérialité, transferts et travail artistique dans l'Italie de la Renaissance (2016). She has edited numerous volumes of essays including, most recently, The Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Architecture (2016), Histories of Ornament: From Global to Local (with G. Necipoglu, 2016) and Revision, Revival and Return. The Renaissance in the Nineteenth-Century (2016). In 2006 she was awarded the Max Planck and Alexander von Humboldt Prize in the Humanities (2006-12). She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The lecture 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. 

 

Fellow Shoptalks

CANCELED - Shoptalks – Evan A. MacCarthy and David Brooks

  • Monday, 23 March 2020 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Evan A. MacCarthy
Eclipsing the Labors of All Before Him: Ugolino Urbevetano’s Guide to the Musical Universe

This shoptalk introduces an early fifteenth-century encyclopedic treatise on the speculative and practical natures of music and its author, the priest, composer, and singer Ugolino Urbevetano (d. 1453). Through an examination of the text’s sources, dating from the 6th, 11th, and 14th centuries (C.E.), and its later readers, most especially music theorist, composer, and friend of Leonardo da Vinci Franchino Gaffurio (1451–1522) and Franciscan antiquarian scholar and music teacher Giambattista Martini (1706–1784), we illuminate more clearly the intellectual foundations of musical science in the early Renaissance as well as its reception for centuries to come.

Evan A. MacCarthy is the National Endowment for the Humanities Rome Prize Fellow in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and Assistant Professor of Musicology, School of Music, West Virginia University.

David Brooks
Spaces, Species and Situations

In light of Rome’s unique relationship between the individual and the built and natural environments, this presentation will discuss past projects of David Brooks’ that contextualize his inquiries while at the American Academy in Rome. Understanding that the division of culture from nature is an ideological construction, much of this research examines the causes and effects of ecological crisis, the cultural impasse it represents, and questions the terms under which nature is perceived and utilized.

Brooks is a Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts. He is a New York and New Orleans-based artist, and is on the faculty of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.

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

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 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Fellow Shoptalks

CANCELED - Shoptalks – Melanie Masterton Sherazi and Corinna Gosmaro

  • Monday, 30 March 2020 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Melanie Masterton Sherazi
‘A Janus-time’: Experimental African American Literature and Visual Arts in Cold War Rome

This talk will situate 1950s and 1960s Rome as a significant hub for African American and Italian modernist innovation and collaboration in literature and the visual arts, with a focus on William Demby’s and Barbara Chase-Riboud’s cultural work. Their respective crossings of national and media borders generated ground-breaking artistic forms infused with political content related to desegregation, anticolonialism, and antifascism.

Melanie Masterton Sherazi is the Terra Foundation Affiliated Fellow.

Corinna Gosmaro is the Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita CRT Italian Fellow in Visual Arts and artist, Turin, Italy.

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

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 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.