Announcing the Spring 2021 Residents

Color photograph of tiled floors, arched columns, and staircase that make up the interior entrance to AAR’s McKim Mead & White Building

The American Academy in Rome is pleased to announce its slate of Residents for 2021. They join the distinguished list of artists and scholars who are invited each year to live and work within the Academy’s community in Rome.

Visiting the AAR community as Residents this season are:

Lester K. Little Resident in Medieval Studies
David Nirenberg, Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought, University of Chicago, and Interim Dean, University of Chicago Divinity School
January 25–March 5, 2021

Esther Van Deman Scholar in Residence
Mary T. Boatwright
Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, Duke University
March 8–April 16, 2021

Louis Kahn Resident in the History of Art
Rebecca Zorach
Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History, Northwestern University; and Robert Lehman Visiting Professor, Villa I Tatti
March 8–April 2, 2021

Mercedes T. Bass Landscape Architects in Residence
Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha
Architect, Landscape Architect, and Professor, University of Pennsylvania (Mathur); and Architect, Planner, and Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University (da Cunha)
April 27–May 26, 2021

Robert Mapplethorpe Resident in Photography
Catherine Opie
Artist and Professor of Photography, University of California, Los Angeles
May 3–June 11, 2021

McGurn Family Trust Resident in Film
Ramona S. Diaz
June 14–August 6, 2021

Residents will participate in various events this season as part of the series Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome. These and other programs emphasize links between the disciplines represented by the AAR community and highlight the impact of Residents’ artistic and scholarly work.

Press inquiries

Christopher Howard

Communications Manager

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Maddalena Bonicelli

Rome Press Officer

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