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Rome Prize 2019

Announcing the 2019–20 Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows

The American Academy in Rome has announced the winners of the 2019–20 Rome Prize and Italian Fellowships. These highly competitive fellowships support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities.

Michele Bernardi and Arnold Holzknecht - Untitled

Surviving Traces

Many urban projects realized during the Ventennio remain part of the Italian land­scape. Together with architectural mon­uments and works of art, they constitute surviving traces of Fascist visual culture in contemporary Italy. These delicate issues were the sub­ject of an international, interdisciplinary conference recently held in Rome.

Features - Invernomuto - Cinque Mostre

Moving from One Physical Space to Another

Claudia Trezza looks at Cinque Mostre 2019: Δx Displacement, the Academy’s annual winter exhibition that was curated for the fourth time in a row by Ilaria Gianni.

Color portrait of the face of Elizabeth Rodini standing in front of her bookshelves

Elizabeth Rodini Appointed as AAR’s Next Andrew Heiskell Arts Director

The American Academy in Rome announced that scholar and curator Elizabeth Rodini has been selected as the next Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, a position based in Rome.

Wangechi Mutu MAXXI 5

Transformed Beings

In a December 5 talk at MAXXI, Rome’s preeminent contemporary art museum, the renowned contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu (2018 Resident) recalled the statues of the Virgin Mary that filled the Catholic primary school in her hometown of Nairobi, Kenya.  

Color portrait of the head of Sinclair Bell

Sinclair W. Bell Selected as Editor of Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome

The American Academy in Rome is pleased to announce that Dr. Sinclair W. Bell, a 2003 Rome Prize Fellow in ancient studies, has been appointed to a three-year term as editor of the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome.

Milton Gendel Tribute

His Own Cultural Microclimate

Friends and colleagues of Milton Gendel paid tribute to this celebrated artist and critic at the American Academy in Rome’s Villa Aurelia for a bittersweet gathering that honored his work and full life during his nearly seventh years in his adopted home.

2018 Jerome Lectures on “The Natural World: Pagans and Christians” 1

Navigating the Natural World

In the first of his three lectures for the American Academy in Rome, the renowned historian of the ancient world Robin Lane Fox explained how the two traditions imagined divine intervention differently.

2018 New York Fall Gala

2018 New York Fall Gala

At the American Academy in Rome’s Fall Gala, nearly three hundred guests gathered at the Metropolitan Club to honor the cultural achievements of iconic actor, director, and producer Robert De Niro, and to celebrate returning 2018 Rome Prize Fellows.

Mary Beard Lecture Review - Beard Presentation

The Radical Conventions of Ancient Sculpture

An international audience packed the American Academy in Rome’s Villa Aurelia on September 25 to hear Mary Beard, one of the world’s most celebrated scholars of the ancient world, kick off the year’s series of programs with a lecture titled “The Classical Body: The Naked and the Nude.”

Paolo Gioli: Anthropolaroid

Paolo Gioli: Anthropolaroid

The American Academy in Rome presents Paolo Gioli: Anthropolaroid, a solo exhibition by the artist Paolo Gioli, curated by Peter Benson Miller.  

Brodsky Fellowship Fund Announces 2018–19 Fellows

Brodsky Fellowship Fund Announces 2018–19 Fellows

The Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fellowship Fund has awarded 2018–19 fellowships to Alexander Skidan in poetry, and to Vladimir Logutov in the visual arts.

2018 Open Studios

2018 Open Studios

This year’s Open Studios took place on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Claudia Trezza offers a summary of what she saw, including the literary and musical performances.

2018 McKim Medal Gala Celebrates Sir Antonio Pappano and Roberto Benigni

2018 McKim Medal Gala Celebrates Sir Antonio Pappano and Roberto Benigni

The American Academy in Rome celebrated its fourteenth annual McKim Medal Gala at Villa Aurelia in Rome.

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Yto Barrada: The Dye Garden

Yto Barrada’s The Dye Garden, the spring exhibition at the American Academy in Rome, is on view through July 8. Barrada was a 2018 Resident in visual arts at the Academy.

AAR and Longwood Gardens to Present “Designing Water”

AAR and Longwood Gardens to Present “Designing Water”

Registration is open for Designing Water, a two-day symposium to be held at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania in October 2018.

Scenes from the 2018–19 Rome Prize Ceremony

Scenes from the 2018 Rome Prize Ceremony

View photographs of the 2018 Rome Prize Ceremony and the final Conversations/Conversazioni event at Cooper Union in New York.

In Memoriam: Giovanni Cimoroni

In Memoriam: Giovanni Cimoroni

We were all shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of our colleague, Giovanni Cimoroni, a longtime member of the AAR staff and community.

Welcome to the Spring 2018 issue of AAR Magazine

Welcome to the Spring 2018 Issue of AAR Magazine

This Spring 2018 issue of our biannual magazine highlights recent work and collaborations by our Rome Prize winners and Italian Fellows.

2018 Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows

Announcing the 2018–19 Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows

The American Academy in Rome announces the winners of the 2018–19 Rome Prize and Italian Fellowships.

In Memoriam: Henry A. Millon

In Memoriam: Henry A. Millon

Henry A. Millon, dean emeritus of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, died on April 2, 2018. Millon was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 1960, a Resident in 1966, Director from 1974 to 1977, and a Trustee from 1977 to 1994.

In Memoriam: Drue Heinz

In Memoriam: Drue Heinz

Drue Heinz, a spirited philanthropist for literature and the arts, died on March 30, 2018, in Lasswade, Scotland. A Trustee of the American Academy of Rome from 2001 to 2004, she endowed the Drue Heinz Librarian and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize in Literature.

Scharoun Ensemble 2018

Scharoun Ensemble 2018

On February 2–3, the renowned Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performed two concerts at the American Academy in Rome as the culminating events of a week-long residency. This is the tenth year of the group’s annual visit and concert series for the AAR community and the city of Rome.

Blackout: Allora & Calzadilla Opening on February 15

Blackout: Allora & Calzadilla Opening on February 15

MAXXI is presenting a project by the American artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla called Blackout.

Black Value Opening on February 8

Black Value Opening on February 8

A group exhibition titled Black Value, composed of current and former Academy Fellows, opens on February 8 in Florence.

Tony Kushner's Centennial Medal Speech

Tony Kushner’s Centennial Medal Speech

The celebrated playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner delivered a delightful Centennial Medal Speech during the American Academy in Rome’s 2017 Fall Gala.

Lynne C. Lancaster Is Appointed Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge of the Humanities

Lynne C. Lancaster Is Appointed Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge of the Humanities

Lynne C. Lancaster, an archaeologist, architectural historian, educator, and 2002 Fellow, has been selected as the next Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge of the Humanities at the American Academy in Rome.

Features - Abigail DeVille

Three AAR Alumni Are Named 2018 United States Artists Fellows

United States Artists has selected two Rome Prize winners, Abigail DeVille and Thomas Kelley, and one AAR Resident, Tania León, to receive 2018 fellowships.

Artist Rana Hamadeh Is Mondriaan Fellow

Artist Rana Hamadeh Is Mondriaan Fellow

Rana Hamadeh, an artist based in Rotterdam, has won the 2017 Prix de Rome, the oldest and most generous award in the Netherlands for visual artists under the age of forty. Since 2012, the Mondriaan Fund has been responsible for the award.

Conference Report: The Political Power of Sacred Texts

Conference Report: The Political Power of Sacred Texts

A conference held at the American Academy in Rome on October 19, 2017, brought together eminent scholars from Biblical, Qur’anic, Hindu, and Chinese studies.