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George Lewis on Black Composers

George Lewis (2010 Resident) surveys how Black composers “have explored what it means—and could mean—to be American, helping to foster a creolized, cosmopolitan new music for the 21st century.” His New York Times article features Tania León (1998 Resident) and Courtney Bryan (2020 Fellow).

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Giovanna Silva Examines the “Tropical Modernist”

Hatje Cantz is publishing Mr. Bawa I Presume by Giovanna Silva (2020 Italian Fellow), which explores minimalistic ecofriendly houses, schools, and hotels by the Sri Lankan “tropical modernist” Geoffrey Bawa. The book received a 2019 Graham Foundation grant.

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Thomas Phifer Wins AIA Award

A belated congratulations to 1996 Fellow Thomas Phifer for winning a 2020 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects for the Pavilions, his expansion of the Glenstone Museum in Maryland.

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Dell Upton’s “Monuments and Crimes”

In his essay “Monuments and Crimes,” Dell Upton (2019 Resident) considers historic preservation as a tool of political ideology in Italy and America in a new article published by Journal18, an online publication affiliated with the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture.

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Danielle Allen Wins 2020 Kluge Prize

The political theorist Danielle Allen (2020 Resident) has won this year’s John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, a $500,000 award administered by the Library of Congress that recognizes work in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prize.

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Two Composers Receive American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards

This year the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded the Virgil Thomson Award in Vocal Music to James Primosch (1993 Affiliated Fellow) and the Walter Hinrichsen Award in Music to Pamela Z (2020 Fellow).

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American Academy of Arts and Letters Names Art Award Winners

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced its 2020 award and prize winners. In the category for art are four Rome Prize Fellows: Elliot Green (2012), Yun-fei Ji (2006), Siobhan Liddell (2012), and Karyn Olivier (2019).

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Stephanie Frampton Looks at Ancient Books

Stephanie Frampton, professor of literature at MIT and a 2014 Fellow in ancient studies, talks about her 2019 book Empire of Letters and her current project, “Cicero’s Library: The Roman Book and the Making of the Classics.”

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Jed Perl Biography of Alexander Calder

Jed Perl (2003 and 2014 Affiliated Fellow) has finished the second volume of a two-part biography of the American sculptor Alexander Calder. The book, Calder: The Conquest of Space, has been reviewed by the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor.

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Hyperallergic Review of Robert Hutchinson’s “Memory Palaces”

Sarah Rose Sharp has reviewed Memory Houses by Robert Hutchison, a 2017 Fellow in architecture, for Hyperallergic. Hutchison developed many of the book’s drawings during his time in Rome, and the project was influenced by conversations with his fellow Fellows.

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Bryony Roberts Shortlisted for Wheelwright Prize

Bryony Roberts, a 2016 Rome Prize Fellow in historic preservation and conservation, is one of three architects shortlisted for the 2020 Wheelwright Prize, given by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The prize comes with a $100,000 grant intended to support two years of study.

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Condé Nast Traveler’s Transportive Novels

Condé Nast Traveler has named Four Seasons in Rome, a memoir from Anthony Doerr (2005 Fellow, 2019 Resident), and Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (2013 Resident) as two of the best armchair travel books.

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Carmen C. Bambach Wins Book Awards

The Association of American Publishers has given the 2020 R. R. Hawkins Award to Carmen C. Bambach (1994 Fellow, 2005 Affiliated Fellow) for her four-volume work, Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019). The book also won the association’s 2020 PROSE Award in Humanities.