Conversations/Conversazioni

Robert Storr and Lyle Ashton Harris, FAAR'01

Please join us in New York for a Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome, featuring a discussion between two important figures in contemporary art: Robert Storr and Lyle Ashton Harris (2001 Fellow) at the New School. In addition to discussing Harris’s creative process as a visual artist, the audience will also hear about his current and in-development work.

Storr and Harris will also speak about Nero su Bianco, the Academy’s upcoming exhibition which explores radical shifts in perceptions of Afro-Italian identity, subjectivity, and agency in contemporary Italy. The exhibition will feature work by an international group of artists taking the cultural, social, and political temperature at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, and is curated by Storr, Harris, and Peter Benson Miller. Nero su Bianco opens in Rome on May 26 in the AAR Gallery.

A professor and dean of the Yale School of Art since 2006, Storr is considered to be one of the most influential Americans in the art world. He was curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, from 1990 to 2002, where he organized exhibitions which enhanced the prominence of artists such as Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman. From 2002 to 2006, Storr was the first Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He has written numerous catalogues, articles, and books, including Philip Guston (1986), Chuck Close (with Lisa Lyons, 1987), and the forthcoming Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois. Storr was the commissioner of the 2007 Venice Biennale, the first American invited to assume that position.

For more than two decades, Harris has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photographic media, collage, installation, and performance. His work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender, and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the 52nd Venice Biennale. Harris’s work has also been acquired by major international museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.

Amy Sillman – Drawing in the Continuous Present

Friday, January 13, 2017–7:00 PM
Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross Street
Houston, TX
United States
Amy Sillman - Drawing in the Continuous Present

Please join us in Houston, Texas, for a presentation by the Brooklyn-based artist Amy Sillman (2015 Resident) entitled Drawing in the Continuous Present. This talk has been organized in collaboration with the Menil Drawing Institute and is part of their series Draw In: Conversations and Lectures on Drawing and Its Resonances.

Sillman was the 2015 Mary Miss Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. She has been the subject of two major solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Her work is held in the collections of the Menil Drawing Institute; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.

Sillman will be introduced by Toby Kamps, the Menil’s curator of modern and contemporary Art. Mark Robbins, AAR president, will also be on hand to provide some remarks before Sillman’s lecture.

Support for Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome is provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Sensorium Ex: Voice beyond Language

Thursday, November 11, 2021–6:00 PM
Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italy
Four color photos in a horizontal row depicting five people, from left to right: a dark-skinned black man wearing all black staring straight on against a green backdrop; two men standing and looking down at a wheelchair lying on its side in front of them; headshot of woman with long brown hair and brown eyes, red lipstick, and a small smile, wearing black shirt; and headshot of woman with light brown hair and brown eyes in 3/4 profile, wearing a black top

Participants in “Sensorium Ex,” from left: Jerron Herman (photo: Mark Wickens); Kristian Moltke Martiny and Jacob Nossell of Enactlab (photo: Ricky John Molloy); Brenda Shaughnessy (photo: Janea Wiedman); and Paola Prestini (photo: Erika Harrsch)

Paola Prestini, Paul Fromm Resident in Composition, will be joined by Copenhagen’s Enactlab to discuss their interdisciplinary arts, research, and community project exploring fundamental questions of what it means to have voice, and voice beyond language. The project is centered around Prestini’s opera, Sensorium Ex, a multi-sensory narrative woven together at the intersections of disability and artificial intelligence. The conversation will be enhanced by contributions from the opera’s co-creators, poet Brenda Shaughnessy and choreographer/dancer Jerron Herman, and a musical performance by cellist Raphael Bell.

The event will be held in English.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2021–22 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome. Additional funding is provided by the Paul Fromm Resident in Composition Fund and the Felix Lamond Fund.

Notice

Reservations are necessary to attend this event. To reserve your seat, please sign up at https://forms.gle/4boB2tVcQ9p9m4L86.

Guests will be asked to comply with Covid-19 safety protocols for events:

  • Access to the Academy requires the presentation of a valid photo ID and a Green Pass
  • Masks are required when indoors, and temperature will be checked before entry
  • Visitor contact information may be shared for contact tracing

Please contact events [at] aarome.org with any questions.

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.

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Barbara Jatta & John Ochsendorf – Tradition and Innovation

Wednesday, September 25, 2019–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy
Conversations - Barbara Jatta & John Ochsendorf

The Pinecone Courtyard in the Vatican Museums

The American Academy in Rome celebrates its 125th anniversary by opening its 2019–20 programming season with a Conversations/Conversazioni between Vatican Museum director Barbara Jatta and AAR director John Ochsendorf (2008 Fellow). Jatta will discuss her professional history with the Academy, balancing access to art and the pressures of tourism, and accommodating tradition and innovation in the Vatican Museums.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in English. You can watch this event live at https://livestream.com/aarome.

The discussion inaugurates a series of events centered around the anniversary theme “Encounters,” which will investigate the impact of exposure to the city of Rome, its artifacts, and its narratives.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2019–20 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

Dante at 700

Tuesday, September 28, 2021–6:00 PM
Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italy
Advertisement for the film Dante by Ric Burns

Please note: due to limited space, seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

In the 700th year of the death of Dante Alighieri, writer Jonathan Levi will talk with filmmaker Ric Burns and literary scholar Riccardo Bruscagli about their new film on the life and work of Dante, which premieres on RAI in September. Between clips from the film, they will discuss Burns’s mix of reenactment by contemporary actors of Dante’s life and poetic journey with examinations by contemporary scholars from Italy and elsewhere of why, in the dark woods of the twenty-first century, Dante continues to inspire admiration and controversy.

Ric Burns is an award-winning documentary filmmaker best known for his eight-part series on the history of New York. Over the past thirty years, he has explored the complex dynamics of the American experience from The Donner Party and The Pilgrims through his most recent films Oliver Sacks: His Own Life and Driving While Black. Riccardo Bruscagli is a professor emeritus of Italian literature at the University of Florence whose scholarly work has focused on the Renaissance and more recently Dante. Writer Jonathan Levi, most recently of the novel Septimania, produced the theatrical adaptation of Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s translation of The Inferno of Dante that toured the United States in 1997.

The conversation will be held in English.

This event, to be presented in-person at the Academy as well as on Zoom, is free and open to the public. Please register in advance to watch on Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2021–22 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

Notice

Guests will be asked to comply with Covid-19 safety protocols for events:

  • Access to the Academy requires the presentation of a valid photo ID and a Green Pass
  • Masks are required when indoors, and temperature will be checked before entry
  • Visitor contact information may be shared for contact tracing

Please contact events [at] aarome.org with any questions.

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.

Francine Prose

Wednesday, October 15, 2014–6:00 PM
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY
United States
Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library Lecture:  Francine Prose

Join the Academy for its New York debut of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome, featuring the author Francine Prose. In addition to reading from her critically acclaimed novel Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris 1932 (2014), Prose will discuss her creative process as a writer and novelist, including how she works within the framework of historical events to create fictional narratives. A National Book Award finalist for her novel Blue Angel, Prose is visiting professor of literature at Bard College and the former president of PEN American Center. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife (2009) and the New York Times best seller Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (2006).

Danielle Allen & Theaster Gates – Talking to Strangers: Art and Democracy in These Times

Thursday, January 16, 2020–6:00 PM
Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italy

Talking to Strangers: Art and Democracy in These Times will feature a conversation between Danielle Allen and Theaster Gates on their creative approaches to a wide range of issues.

Allen is the 2020 Esther Van Deman Resident in the Humanities at the American Academy in Rome and is the James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Gates is the 2020 Mary Miss Resident in Visual Arts at the American Academy in Rome and is Professor in the Department of Visual Arts and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

The conversation will be held in English.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2019–20 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

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J. Meejin Yoon, Julie Mehretu & Adam D. Weinberg – After Charlottesville

Thursday, November 21, 2019–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy

The speakers for the event are: J. Meejin Yoon, dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University (2006 Fellow, 2020 Resident); the artist Julie Mehretu (2020 Resident); and Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2020 Resident).

This Conversations/Conversazioni is part of a year-long series of programs and events conceived around the theme of “Encounters,” which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founding of the American Academy in Rome.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2019–20 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

Watch the Livestream
 

Mario Cresci & Roberta Valtorta – Photography and Matera

Tuesday, November 21, 2017–6:15 PM
AAR Lecture Room
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy
Mario Cresci and Roberta Valtorta – Photography and Matera

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.

A conversation between Mario Cresci, one of the most compelling artists in Italy to explore the contemporary world through photography, and Roberta Valtorta, Founder and former Director of the Museo di Fotografia Contemporane. Taking as its cue the two works by Cresci on view in the Academy’s fall exhibition, Matera Imagined/Matera Immaginata: Photography and a Southern Italian Town, the artist and curator will discuss Cresci’s art, photography as a language, and the key role photography has played in redefining Italian landscape from the 1970s to today.

The event will be held in Italian. You can watch it livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome. On this occasion, the exhibition will be open from 5pm to 8pm.

The 2017–18 Conversations/Conversazioni series is sponsored by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

EXHIBITION EVENTS

Inaugural Lecture
Dacia Maraini
12 October 2017
5:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

Exhibition Opening
12 October 2017
6:30pm-9pm, AAR Gallery

Curator Lecture
Lindsay Harris
Matera Imagined
16 October 2017
6:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

Lecture
Emmet Gowin
A Life in Photography
14 November 2017
6:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

GALLERY HOURS

Thursday-Sunday, 4pm-7pm
12 October- 26 November 2017

The exhibition will also be open on 16 October, 14 November and 21 November from 5pm to 8pm.

Liquid Architecture

Tuesday, May 2, 2017–7:00 PM
Depart Foundation
9105 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
United States
Conversations – Liquid Architecture

Join AAR as we convene an interdisciplinary discussion on the role of structures and spaces for cultural and performance use.

Christopher Hawthorne
Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times (2016 Resident)

Mark Lee & Sharon Johnston
Founding Partners, Johnston Marklee (2017 Residents)

Andrew Norman
Assistant Professor of Composition, Thornton School of Music,
University of Southern California (2007 Fellow)

The 2016–17 season of Conversations/Conversazioni is sponsored by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

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