Conversations/Conversazioni

Patronage: Who Owns Culture?

Wednesday, December 7, 2022–6:30 PM
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY
United States
color photograph of a room inside the Uffizi Gallery with two profile painted portraits in a freestanding gold colored frame; surrounding the work is a crowd of people wearing facemasks and listening to audio guides

Visitors swarm Piero della Francesca’s The Duke and Duchess of Urbino Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza (ca. 1473–75) at the Uffizi Gallery, May 2022 (photograph by Christopher Howard)

This Conversations/Conversazioni explores the ways in which politics, capital, and power have influenced art and cultural production from the days of the Medici until now. Contemporary art curator Rujeko Hockley and art historian Stephanie Leone (2000 Fellow) join the American Academy of Rome to shed light on the importance of arts patronage and the fraught ethical nuances that come with it. This conversation, moderated by John Marciari (1998 Fellow), is free and open to the public.

Rujeko Hockley is the Arnhold Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Most recently, she organized 2 Lizards (2022), a film installation by the artists Meriem Bennani and Orian Barki, Jennifer Packer: The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing (2021), and the midcareer survey Julie Mehretu (2021). Additional projects at the Whitney include the 2019 Whitney Biennial, Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined (2017), and An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017 (2017). Previously, Hockley was assistant curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she cocurated Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (2014) and was involved in exhibitions highlighting the permanent collection as well as the artists LaToya Ruby Frazier, the Bruce High Quality Foundation, Kehinde Wiley, Tom Sachs, and others. She is the cocurator of We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 (2017), which originated at the Brooklyn Museum and traveled to three US venues. Hockley serves on the boards of several organizations, including Art Matters and Institute For Freedoms, as well as the advisory boards of Recess and the Vision & Justice Series.

A specialist in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture with a focus on Rome, Stephanie Leone is professor of art history at Boston College and a 2000 Rome Prize Fellow. She is the author of The Palazzo Pamphilj in Piazza Navona: Constructing Identity in Early Modern Rome (2008) and the editor of The Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome (2011). Leone also edited Walls and Memory: The Abbey of San Sebastiano at Alatri (Lazio), from Late Roman Monastery to Renaissance Villa and Beyond (2005) with Lisa Fentress, Caroline Goodson, and Margaret Laird (2000 Fellow, current editor of the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome).

John Marciari is the Charles W. Engelhard Curator and Head of the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, where he oversees a renowned collection of approximately 25,000 works. A specialist in Italian and Spanish art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, he is curator of the upcoming Morgan exhibition Sublime Ideas: Drawings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Marciari is also a 1998 Rome Prize Fellow in history of art.

This event, to be presented in person at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, is free and open to the public. To attend, please complete the registration process. It will also be streamed online. Please register for Zoom in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation generously supports Conversations/Conversazioni at the American Academy in Rome.

The Language of Objects: Susan Sellers & Hérica Valladares

Tuesday, November 8, 2022–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
McKim, Mead & White Building
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy
Composite image showing a color photograph of light skinned woman in ball gowns in an elegant room on the left and right, bisected by a color photo of a Greek or Roman statue of a young woman adjusting her sandal

Susan Sellers (2023 Resident) and Hérica Valladares (2009 Fellow, 2023 Resident) will explore hidden stories that are embedded in objects through their forms, materials, and uses.

Susan Sellers is the current Henry Wolf Graphic Designer in Residence at the American Academy in Rome and a designer based in New York who works across disciplines, focusing on identity, exhibitions, and public spaces. She is a founding partner of the design firm 2x4 and the former director of design for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her current project investigates materials and forms of display across time and political ideologies.

Hérica Valladares is the current Esther Van Deman Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome and associate professor of classics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of numerous articles on Roman wall painting, the history of archaeological exploration on the Bay of Naples, and the reception of classical antiquity in the early modern period. Her book Painting, Poetry, and the Invention of Tenderness in the Early Roman Empire was published by Cambridge University Press in 2021. While in Rome, she is working on a new monograph, whose current title is Fashioning Empire: Roman Women and Their Objects.

The conversation, to be moderated by Marla Stone, the Academy’s Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Professor, will be held in English.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation generously supports Conversations/Conversazioni at the American Academy in Rome.

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

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Space in the Lecture Room is limited, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For access to the Academy, guests will be asked to show a valid photo ID and comply with COVID-19 safety protocols. 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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New Terrain

Thursday, March 2, 2017–6:30 PM
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY
United States
Conversations – New Terrain

CONVERSATIONS – NEW TERRAIN

JULIA CZERNIAK
Professor and Associate Dean, Syracuse Architecture
MARY MARGARET JONES
President and Senior Principal, Hargreaves Associates (1998 Fellow)
MICHAEL MANFREDI
Cofounder, Weiss/Manfredi
GREGG PASQUARELLI
Cofounder, SHoP Architects

In collaboration with the Enel Foundation.

Please join us for a panel discussion featuring some of the world’s leading practitioners of landscape architecture, architecture and urban design sharing thoughts related to the complex weave of manmade and natural systems. The panel will review innovative design strategies for the reclamation of brownfields and other disturbed landscapes, and discuss a variety of approaches for their reuse. Speakers will also address the challenges of large-scale development projects that require cooperation between communities and public and private organizations. Examples range from the adaptive re-use project of Brooklyn Bridge Park to the grounds of the Sydney Olympics, among other projects.

You can watch this event live at https://livestream.com/aarome.

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

“Learning from Las Vegas” in the Twenty-First Century: Iwan Baan & Mark Robbins

Thursday, October 6, 2022–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
McKim, Mead & White Building
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy
Color photograph of an aerial view of Rome taken from a helicopter, showing a broad cityscape bathed in rose colored light

Iwan Baan, Rome, 2022, digital photograph, 80 x 120 cm (artwork © Iwan Baan)

The photographer Iwan Baan (2023 Resident) and Mark Robbins, president of the American Academy in Rome, will discuss the legacy of Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi’s landmark publication, Learning from Las Vegas, in the twenty-first century. They will address the architectural lessons that informed Scott Brown and Venturi’s study of Las Vegas, particularly those from Italy, a place close to Venturi’s heart. They will also consider how Venturi and Scott Brown’s ideas about Las Vegas, published in 1972, and the relationship between images and architecture central to that publication, have evolved over the past half century.

The conversation will inaugurate the Academy’s fall 2022 exhibition, From Las Vegas to Rome: Photographs by Iwan Baan. Lindsay Harris, interim Andrew Heiskell Arts Director and curator of the show, will introduce the discussion.

Iwan Baan is the 2023 Richard Grubman and Caroline Mortimer Photographer in Residence at the Academy. Mark Robbins is the president and CEO of the American Academy in Rome and a 1997 Fellow in design.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation generously supports Conversations/Conversazioni at the American Academy in Rome.

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

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Space in the Lecture Room is limited, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For access to the Academy, guests will be asked to show a valid photo ID and comply with COVID-19 safety protocols. 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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When Things Fall Apart

Wednesday, April 13, 2022–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
McKim, Mead & White Building
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy

Detail of Guillermo Kuitca, Untitled, 2013, oil on canvas mounted on cardboard, 11¾ x 15¾ in. (artwork © Guillermo Kuitca; photograph by Jon Etter and licensed from Hauser & Wirth)

A Conversation/Conversazioni with Guillermo Kuitca (2022 Resident) and Sonya Clark (2017 Affiliated Fellow) will be held in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Regeneration. The event will be moderated by Lindsay Harris, interim Andrew Heiskell Arts Director and cocurator of Regeneration.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation generously supports Conversations/Conversazioni at the American Academy in Rome.

The Residency of Guillermo Kuitca is made possible by the Mary Miss Resident in Visual Art Fund.

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Space in the Lecture Room is limited, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you plan to attend an event with a group of over six guests or students, please inform events [at] aarome.org with at least 48 hours prior notice so that special arrangements can be made.

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 Super Green Pass
  • FFP2 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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Making the Past: Perspectives on Keeping and Letting Go

Tuesday, May 17, 2022–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
McKim, Mead & White Building
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy
Color photograph of a bamboo or wooden scaffolding covering the Hatharas Kotuwa (tee cube) of a stupa; sculptures of three figures with their palms facing each other as if in prayer

Repainting a stupa in Sri Lanka (photograph by Gamini Wijesuriya and provided by ICCROM)

Monuments, like those that define Rome, are intended to be permanent but can be most powerful when they are in decline, as ruins and remains. How do those engaged in historic preservation come to terms with this paradox? When is change acceptable, in what forms, and who gets to decide? Claire Lyons and Webber Ndoro will offer a transhistorical and cross-cultural set of responses to these questions, considering the politics of preservation from the perspective of institutions, governments, and a range of stakeholder communities.

This program is organized in conjunction with the AAR exhibition Regeneration, on view through June 12, 2022. Elizabeth Rodini, the Academy’s interim Director and a cocurator of Regeneration, will moderate.

Claire Lyons (2022 Resident) is curator in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and a specialist in the art and archaeology of pre-Roman Italy, Etruria, and Magna Graecia. Webber Ndoro is director general of ICCROM, an expert in global heritage management with a particular focus on the immovable heritage of sub-Saharan Africa.

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 generously supports Conversations/Conversazioni at the American Academy in Rome.

The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), based in Rome, is a cosponsor of this event.

Notice

Space in the Lecture Room is limited, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you plan to attend an event with a group of over six guests or students, please inform events [at] aarome.org with at least 48 hours prior notice so that special arrangements can be made.

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 Super Green Pass
  • FFP2 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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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.

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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

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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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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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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.

Martin Maischberger & Lynne Lancaster – The Pergamon Panorama in Berlin: Where Tradition and Digital Innovation Converge

Thursday, March 12, 2020–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
McKim, Mead & White Building
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy
Canceled

PLEASE NOTE THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Martin Maischberger, deputy director of Antikensammlung Berlin, and Lynne Lancaster (2002 Fellow), Andrew W. Mellon Professor for the Humanities, American Academy in Rome, will discuss “The Pergamon Panorama in Berlin: Where Tradition and Digital Innovation Converge.”

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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