June 2020

June 30, 2020

Black Lives Matter

In the midst of a global pandemic that has disproportionately affected communities of color, racially motivated violence is a reminder that systemic racism still persists.

June 11, 2020

Visualizing Change at Cinque Mostre 2020: Convergence

Roman columns next to cartoonish clouds embossed on velvet cloth, a Greek tragedy reinterpreted with ancient and modern language, fragmented conversations projected on speakers. Hundreds of people filled the Academy’s courtyard, cryptoporticus, library, and gallery spaces for the opening of this year’s annual exhibition, Cinque Mostre: Convergence.

June 10, 2020


In celebration of the Academy’s 125th anniversary, the exhibitions Encounters I: Abstracting Rome and Encounters II: The Activist Gesture investigate the enduring impact of the city of Rome as a dynamic creative laboratory through a series of interdisciplinary exchanges.

June 09, 2020

Encounters I: Abstracting Rome

Encounters I identifies the abstracting techniques resulting from three historic encounters; the second part traces how those techniques are employed in recent contemporary works responding to pressing social and political issues in the United States.

June 08, 2020

Encounters II: The Activist Gesture

Pairing the artist Julie Mehretu and the architect J. Meejin Yoon, Encounters II explores the role of abstract forms and gestural mark making as indices and agents of social and political change in contemporary American society.

April 2020

April 10, 2020

In Memoriam: Nancy O’Boyle

Nancy Millar O’Boyle, a member of the American Academy in Rome’s Board of Trustees from 1985 to 2011, died on March 25, 2020. She was one week shy of her 89th birthday.

March 2020

March 17, 2020

AAR to Close Rome Campus Early, on April 3

The American Academy in Rome’s campus will close on April 3.

March 05, 2020

In Memoriam: Henry N. Cobb

The modernist architect Henry N. Cobb, an AAR Trustee Emeritus and 1992 Resident, has died.

February 2020

February 26, 2020

Art, Video, and Live Performance Converge in Rome

Hundreds of people last week filled the American Academy in Rome’s courtyard, cryptoporticus, library, and art spaces to view artists and performers showcase their work and explore this year’s theme, “Convergence,” in the yearly Cinque Mostre exhibition.

February 13, 2020

Avinoam Shalem Appointed 24th Director of the American Academy in Rome

The American Academy in Rome is pleased to announce the selection of historian and educator Avinoam Shalem (2016 Resident) to be its 24th Director.

January 2020

January 31, 2020

Talking to Strangers: Art and Democracy in These Times

By Claudia Trezza.

Political philosopher Danielle Allen and visual artist Theaster Gates picked up on this year’s Academy theme, “Encounters,” to delve into a conversation on democracy, art, and social activism.

January 22, 2020

In Memoriam: Michael I. Sovern

The American Academy in Rome mourn the passing of former Trustee Michael I. Sovern.

December 2019

December 06, 2019

Conversation with Peter Benson Miller about “Encounters I”

Claudia Trezza spoke with Peter Benson Miller, curator of Encounters I, about his ideas for the exhibition, which investigates the enduring impact of the city of Rome as a dynamic creative laboratory through a series of interdisciplinary exchanges.

December 03, 2019

After Charlottesville

Three leaders in art, architecture, and culture—Julie Mehretu, J. Meejin Yoon, and Adam Weinberg—sat down for an incisive conversation at the American Academy in Rome last month.

November 2019

November 14, 2019

125th Anniversary New York Gala

Photographs from the 125th Anniversary New York Gala, held at Cipriani in New York on November 6, 2019.