Eventi

Calendario

Maggio 2019

Fellow Shoptalks

Shoptalk – Nicolás Leong and Virginia Virilli

  • Lunedì, 6 Maggio 2019 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Nicolás Leong
Recent Work, in Context

The Los Angeles–based artist Nicolás Leong will discuss his recent photographic explorations in and around Rome, and how they relate to his previous and ongoing efforts to picture the world.

Leong is the Abigail Cohen Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts.

Virginia Virilli
Women

The Rome-based writer Virginia Virilli will read extracts from her book Le ossa del Gabibbo (Feltrinelli, 2012) and from her theater plays to show how a recurring theme, “woman” in this case, is frequently growing along with the author.

Virilli is the Italian Fellow in literature.

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.

Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library Lecture

Richard Neer - Intersections of Art and Architecture in Antiquity

  • Mercoledì, 8 Maggio 2019 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome

Richard Neer will give a lecture entitled Intersections of Art and Architecture in Antiquity for the annual Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library Lecture.

Neer is Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor in Art History, Cinema & Media Studies, and the College at the University of Chicago, and he is currently the James S. Ackerman Resident in the History of Art at the American Academy in Rome. Neer works at the intersection of aesthetics, archaeology and the history of art in multiple fields: Classical Greek sculpture, early modern French painting, stylistics, and mid-20th century cinema. He has received fellowships and awards from the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and the J. Paul Getty Trust. From 2010 to 2018 he was the Executive Editor of Critical Inquirywhere he continues to serve as co-editor. From summer 2019, he will be Director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago. His most recent volumes are The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture (University of Chicago Press, 2010); Art and Archaeology of the Greek World: A New History, 2500–100 BCE (Thames & Hudson, 2012; second, expanded edition, 2018); and Davidson and His Interlocutors, co-edited with Daniele Lorenzini (special issue of Critical Inquiry, Winter 2019). Two books are forthcoming in 2019: Pindar, Song, and Space: Towards a Lyric Archaeology, co-authored with Leslie Kurke of UC Berkeley (Johns Hopkins University Press in 2019), and an edited volume, Conditions of Visibility (Oxford University Press).

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.

 
 
 
Tour

Open House Roma

  • Sabato, 11 Maggio 2019 - da 3:00pm a 6:00pm
McKim, Mead & White Building
Rome

L’American Academy in Rome parteciperà alla VIII edizione di Open House Roma: in quest’occasione l’Accademia organizzerà visite guidate in italiano dell’edificio principale (il McKim, Mead & White Building), che comprenderanno il Cortile, la Biblioteca Arthur and Janet C. Ross Library, ed il Bass Garden.

Le visite sono gratuite, con prenotazione obbligatoria. Le prenotazioni saranno aperte il giorno 24 aprile.

I visitatori dell’American Academy in Rome sono pregati di mostrare un documento d’identità all’ingresso. Non è possibile accedere con bagagli o zaini di dimensioni superiori a cm 40 x 35 x 15. Non sono disponibili armadietti né guardaroba.

Performance

Tom Johnson/Adrienne Kennedy – Life Clings Closest Where Most Hated

  • Martedì, 14 Maggio 2019 - 6:00pm
AAR Cryptoporticus

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

Life Clings Closest Where Most Hated
A performance by Tom Johnson based on Adrienne Kennedy's notes on Frankenstein.

The American Academy in Rome is proud to present the international debut of this collaboration between celebrated playwright Adrienne Kennedy and Turin based American artist Tom Johnson. Inspired by Kennedy’s reading of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein – a landmark in the development of modern notions about the body, difference, and social alienation – Johnson has created an installation and performance expressly for the exhibition The Academic Body, which opens on May 22.

Adrienne Kennedy, who was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2018, has explored issues of race, kinship, and violence in American society in plays such as Funny House of a Negro, A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White, and The Alexander Plays. Kennedy draws on mythical, historical, and imaginary figures to delve into the African-American experience. As Hilton Als has written in the New Yorker, Kennedy’s women of color “stand on the precipice of disaster, madness or loss.” Funnyhouse of a Negro, which Kennedy completed while living in Rome in 1961, after traveling through Europe and West Africa, premiered in New York and won an Obie Award in 1964. Her distinctive voice was immediately recognized as one of the boldest and most incisive in American theater.

Johnson, whose work encompasses drawing, sculpture, video, and live performance, has explored many of the themes central to Kennedy’s plays. The artist states: "I am interested in analyzing some social taboos, not because I am so brave and strong but because I feel oppressed by them and can imagine that there is a better way to feel. My strategy is very simple. I analyze certain phenomena (racism, the male “gaze”, the psychology of wealth) because I find them in myself."

The event is made possible by the Roy Lichtenstein Artist in Residence Fund, the Robert Mapplethorpe Photographer in Residence Fund and the Terra Foundation for American Art. 

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

Anthony Doerr – The Future of the Classics

  • Giovedì, 16 Maggio 2019 - 6:00pm

In a special preview of the XVIII Edition of the Rome International Literature Festival, the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Anthony Doerr (2005 Fellow), author of All the Light We Cannot See (2014) and a Resident at the American Academy in Rome this spring, will read an unpublished text exploring the theme of this year’s festival: Il domani dei classici/The Future of the Classics.

The event is a collaboration between the American Academy in Rome, the Rome International Literature Festival, Macro Asilo and BUR Rizzoli, Doerr’s Italian publisher, which celebrates its seventieth anniversary this year.

The events of the Rome International Literature Festival, conceived and organized by Maria Ida Gaeta, will continue from June 4 to July 3, 2019, at the Basilica di Massenzio in the Roman Forum.

Anthony Doerr is the Writer in Residence at the American Academy in Rome for the spring 2019.

The event will be held in English and Italian. Simultaneous translation will be available.

Conversations/Conversazioni

Deborah Willis and Mark Robbins - Visible Body

  • Mercoledì, 22 Maggio 2019 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

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

Immediately preceding the opening of the exhibition The Academic Body, which tracks the transformation of the body in art and society from 1894 to the present, Mark Robbins, the curator of the exhibition and President of the American Academy in Rome, will speak with Deborah Willis, photographer and one of the United States’ leading historians of African-American photography and culture.

Willis is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She teaches courses on photography and imagining, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. She is a recipient of several distinguished awards and grants in recognition of her work as an artist and historian, most notably a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Willis is the author of numerous titles, including Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present; Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty; Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers - 1840 to the Present; Family History Memory: Photographs by Deborah Willis; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, the winner of the NAACP Image Award. Willis co-authored The Black Female Body A Photographic History (with Carla Williams) and Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery (with Barbara Krauthamer).

Deborah Willis is the Robert Mapplethorpe Resident in Photography at the American Academy in Rome for the Spring of 2019.

The conversation will be held in English. 

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

 
Exhibition

The Academic Body

  • Mercoledì, 22 Maggio 2019 - da 7:00pm a 9:00pm
McKim, Mead & White Building
Rome

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

Sanford Biggers (2018 Fellow), Patricia Cronin (2007 Fellow), Daniel Chester French, Stephen Greene (1954 Fellow), Ann Hamilton (2017 Resident), Lyle Ashton Harris (2001 Fellow), Tom Johnson/Adrienne Kennedy, Sally Mann, Paul Manship (1912 Fellow), Jessie Marino (2019 Fellow), Beverly McIver (2018 Fellow), Ana Mendieta (1984 Fellow), Wangechi Mutu (2019 Resident), Catherine Opie, Stefan Sagmeister (2019 Resident), David Schutter (2016 Fellow), SISSI (2007 Italian Fellow), Giuseppe Stampone (2014 Italian Fellow), Catherine Wagner (2014 Fellow), Deborah Willis (2019 Resident).

Since the origins of representation, the human body has been a vehicle for a variety of approaches to artistic expression. As a way of imagining the divine, as a site of ideal beauty and ruminations on mortality, or as the contested ground between nature and culture, bodies—and representations of bodies—index culture’s ideas about itself and mark the locus for the questioning and contestation of the human form.

Recently, the body has reemerged as a work in progress, a canvas to be altered, conforming to changing canons of beauty or constantly evolving constructed gender roles. In this capacity, the body as a malleable form has once again taken center stage in cultural debate and artistic expression. As lightning rods for contemporary social issues—including the violence committed against the marginalized, the recognition of transgender individuals, and the replacement of workers by robotics, to name only a few examples—bodies have assumed unprecedented visibility in political discourse.

Mindful of these issues, this exhibition tracks the ways in which the body has been interrogated and transformed in contemporary art from 1894 to the present. As it has evolved from a stalwart of Academic artistic practice to a laboratory for cutting-edge dialogue between critical theory and creative endeavor, the American Academy in Rome (AAR) is uniquely qualified to host an exhibition tracking the changing representations of the body in art and society. In so doing, the institution reflects critically on its own trajectory and enduring relevance. The Academic Body features work by artists affiliated with the AAR (Fellows and Residents) whose work has explored the above themes in provocative ways, as well as artists whose trajectories have intersected meaningfully and critically with Italy and the Academic tradition.

The exhibition is curated by Mark Robbins, President and CEO of the American Academy in Rome, and Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director. It is made possible by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the Roy Lichtenstein Artist in Residence Fund, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The exhibition is on view from May 23 to July 13, 2019, Thursday through Saturday, 4:00–7:00pm.

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.