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March 2015

FELLOW SHOPTALKS

Vincent L. Snyder – Borrowed Translations

  • Monday, 2 March 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Vincent L. Snyder, James R. Lamantia, Jr. Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture and Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, will give his shoptalk entitled Borrowed Translations.

FELLOW SHOPTALKS

Kim Karlsrud & Daniel Phillips - Creative Ecologies

  • Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 6:30pm
Studio 309
Rome

Kim Karlsrud & Daniel Phillips, Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize Fellows in Landscape Architecture and Co- Founders & Principals at Commonstudio in Los Angeles, will give their shoptalk entitled Creative Ecologies.

Conference

Photography and Art History in Italy

  • Thursday, 5 March 2015 - 10:00am to 6:45pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Mario Giacomelli, from the series “Il Pittore Bastari,” 1992, courtesy of Simone Giacomelli

“For the last hundred years art history has been the history of that which can be photographed,” wrote André Malraux in 1949. As the French critic’s observation suggests, art history has been bound up with photography since the mid-nineteenth century. This is particularly true of Italy, which has provided a rich repository for scholars seeking to understand the history of art, as well as for artists and photographers responding to that history in new and different ways. Heinrich Wölfflin’s investigation of Roman sculpture in the 1880s, for example, based on photographs of art projected through lantern slides, introduced the process of comparative analysis. Bernard Berenson used photographs to aid his study and attribution of Italian Renaissance paintings. Italy’s artistic patrimony has also offered photographers some of their most compelling subjects, from Robert MacPherson’s mid-nineteenth century views of Rome’s ancient monuments, to the Alinari brothers’ photographs of Michelangelo’s sculptures, to Luigi Ghirri’s photographic renditions of paintings by the Bolognese modernist Giorgio Morandi. Although longstanding and intimately intertwined, the prolific, if complex, relationship between art history and photography in Italy is just beginning to be explored.

This one-day conference, in English and Italian, brings together leading scholars of art history, photographic history, and contemporary artists to consider how photography has shaped the evolution of art history, how the study of art has influenced photographers’ choice of subject, style, and technique, and the unique role Italy has played in the process.

Speakers in the program include Marco Andreani (Macula - Centro Internazionale di Cultura Fotografica, Pesaro), Maria Francesca Bonetti (Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome), Martina Caruso (Art Historian, London and Rome), Monika Faber (Photoinstitut Bonartes, Vienna), David Forgacs (New York University), Francesco Jodice (Artist, Milan), and Maria Antonelli Pelizzari (Hunter College, New York).

Organizer: Lindsay Harris, American Academy in Rome, l.harris@aarome.org

Conversations/Conversazioni

Robert Storr and Lyle Ashton Harris, FAAR'01

  • Thursday, 5 March 2015 - 6:30pm
The New School
New York City

Please join us in New York City for Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome, featuring a discussion between two important figures in contemporary art -- Robert Storr and Lyle Ashton Harris, FAAR’01, at the New School.  In addition to discussing Harris’ 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 co-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, artist/curator/critic Robert 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 catalogs, articles, and books, including Philip Guston (Abbeville, 1986), Chuck Close (with Lisa Lyons, Rizzoli, 1987), and the forthcoming Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois. Mr. Storr was the commissioner of the 2007 Venice Biennale, the first American invited to assume that position.

For more than two decades Lyle Ashton 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’ work has also been acquired by major international museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.

Robert Storr and Lyle Ashton Harris (FAAR’01)
Thursday 5 March 2015 at 6:30pm
Tishman Auditorium, Room U100
University Center
63 Fifth Avenue
New York City

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This event is free, but reservations are required.

Seminar

Rome Revisited. Rethinking Narratives in the Arts, 1948-1964

  • Wednesday, 11 March 2015 - 10:00am to Thursday, 12 March 2015 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Understood chiefly as the stark backdrop for neorealist cinema or a glamorous playground for the international jet set, postwar Rome tends to be sidelined in artistic narratives of this period, despite the energetic activity of international artists pursuing cutting-edge practice in diverse media – painting and sculpture as well as cinema, experimental music, conceptual art, and literature. A principal site of international exchange was the Rome-New York Art Foundation, which between 1957 and 1961 hosted nine exhibitions that not only played a decisive role in the diffusion of American art in Europe, but also catalyzed an international, universalizing spirit in contemporary art largely eclipsed by the triumph of American Pop Art at the Venice Biennale in 1964. This is the  second of two research seminars in which international scholars will consider various aspects of artistic production, exhibition and exchange in Rome during this vibrant period.

Speakers at the second session include: Deepak Ananth, David Anfam, Fabio Belloni, Jacopo Benci, Christopher Bennett, FAAR’06, Davide Colombo, Barbara Drudi, Romy Golan, Antonella Greco, Lindsay Harris, Manuela Mariani, Ara Merjian, Sylvia Metz, Jed Perl, Aldo Tagliaferri, and Riccardo Venturi. Papers will be given in English and in Italian. Participation by invitation only. Contact: Peter Benson Miller, American Academy in Rome, p.miller@aarome.org.

The research seminar is organized by the American Academy in Rome and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

With the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Lecture

Keith Christiansen

  • Monday, 16 March 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Caravaggio’s practice of working directly from posed models, dispensing with the elaborate use of drawings and cartoons, was viewed by his contemporaries as revolutionary. It opens a new chapter in the history of European painting.  In this lecture Keith Christiansen will look at the tradition and circumstances of working directly from the model that impacted Caravaggio’s approach; the ways in which this practice was taken up by later artists; and its implications for painters of the next generation, with an emphasis on Valentin de Boulogne, who will be the subject of a monographic exhibition at The Metropolitan and the Musée du Louvre in 2016-2017.

Keith Christiansen is the Cynthia Hazen Polsky/Metropolitan Museum of Art Visiting Curator at the American Academy in Rome and John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Conversations/Conversazioni

Public-Private Partnerships for Supporting Culture: Incentives and Impact

  • Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 3:00pm
Sala della Protomoteca, Campidoglio (entrance from Portico del Vignola)
Rome

A public conversation on the role of public/private partnerships and their potential in Italy. Italy is currently revising its laws and structures to incentivize private investment in culture. This discussion frontlines the possibilities, but also the responsibilities, of such partnerships. Various national economic models for incentivizing private investment in culture - from Italy, the US, and the UK - will be summarized and debated in a first session. A second session will ask major donors and foundation chairmen to discuss the problem of impact - what kind of outcomes philanthropists expect and how these can be integrated with public priorities.

The event is organized in collaboration with Roma Capitale.

Participants include: Ministro per i Beni e le Attività Culturali Dario Franceschini; Assessore alla Cultura Giovanna Marinelli; Assessore a Scuola, Sport, Politiche Giovanili e Partecipazione Paolo Masini; Assessore al Patrimonio, Politiche UE, Comunicazione e Pari Opportunità Alessandra Cattoi; Giovanna Melandri (President MAXXI, Rome); Roberto Orsi (Errepi Comunicazione/Osservatorio Socialis); Peter Gould (Professor of Cultural Hertiage at the American University of Rome and Board member of Sustainable Preservation Initiative); Lynn Meskell (Professor of Anthropology and Archeology at Stanford University and currently American Academy in Rome Scholar in Residence); Robert Bewley (Former Director of Heritage Lottery Fund,UK); Andrew Hetherington (Business to Arts, Ireland); Rena De Sisto (Bank of America Foundation); Carla Fendi (Fondazione Carla Fendi); Stefano Aluffi Pentini (Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane, Lazio); Luigi Capello (LoveItaly); Judith Wade (Grandi Giardini Italiani) and Richard Hodges (Packard Humanities Institute).  

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Exhibition

Charles Mayton, Tableau Table Tavolo

  • Thursday, 19 March 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AAR Gallery
Rome
Charles Mayton, Tableau painting - Lemon (detail), 2014, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 56 x 44 in

Charles Mayton’s first solo exhibition in Italy presents a series of new works conceived expressly for the American Academy in Rome interrogating the techniques and vocabulary of painting, as well as its historical muses and conventions. Comprised of paintings citing classical, modern and contemporary forms, the installation, presented as a frieze of vignettes, posits a productive tension between pure material and represented image.

The title refers to a triangulated structure encompassing the fundamental linguistic link that the words Tableau Table Tavolo – despite their respective cultural associations – all share with the notion of consumption, in both a visual and metaphorical sense. Favoring experimentation and play, Mayton uses a variety of painterly approaches to explore the essence of a form central to painting and dining, that of a table, and its function and use as both an object and a site of convivial exchange. Often, he pushes the pictorial plane to its limit, overloading the sedimented surface to the point that medium and image migrate to other supports: table tops, baking paddles and altered produce boxes that the artist has collected in Rome. Painted motifs, too, are woven together, sometimes literally, coming to life in a stew of endlessly moving parts.

Born in 1974 in Dallas, Texas, Mayton lives and works in New York. He has studied at the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College and the Ringling School of Art and Design; his work has been featured in numerous gallery shows in New York, Paris, Los Angeles and London. Recent exhibitions include Two-Step at the Power Station in Dallas, and Painter Painter at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

The exhibition is curated by Peter Benson Miller.

Opening hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 7pm until 10 May 2015

FELLOW SHOPTALKS

Sarah Levin-Richardson – Male and Female Prostitutes at Pompeii: Recovering Agency and Oppression in the Purpose-built Brothel

  • Monday, 23 March 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Sarah Levin- Richardson, Andrew Heiskell Post- Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies and Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Washington, will give her shoptalk entitled Male and Female Prostitutes at Pompeii: Recovering Agency and Oppression in the Purpose-built Brothel.

You can watch this event live at:

https://new.livestream.com/aarome/events/3818825

Conference

An Aventine Archaeology: from Legend to History (research and excavations, 2003-2015)

  • Tuesday, 24 March 2015 - 9:30am to 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Bound to the legendary origins of Rome, the Aventine Hill preserves the remains of the city’s earliest urban development, from tracts of the so-called Servian Wall to ancient roadways that lead to sacred sites and private residences. Amidst vineyards, orchards, and gardens emerge early ecclesiastical installations from the rural landscape of the more recent past.

The conference begins with papers dedicated to the history and topography of the Aventine. A first session will present a synthesis of new research in the field of Aventine studies from the Archaic Period and the Republic through the Empire and Late Antiquity. A second session will focus on the results of new archaeological investigations carried out through the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, il Museo Nazionale Romano e l'Area Archeologica di Roma and coordinated by Miriam Taviani and Roberto Narducci. The day will conclude with in-depth analyses of various archaeological materials, results of archival research, current restoration projects, and the application of multimedia technologies.

Presentations will be in Italian and in English.

On March 25, the Soprintendenza has organized special visits to the sites on the Aventine. You will have the opportunity to sign up for these visits at the conference on March 24.

Organizers: Alessandra Capodiferro (Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, il Museo Nazionale Romano e l'Area Archeologica di Roma), Lisa Mignone (Brown University) and Paola Quaranta (Soprintendenza Archeologia del Lazio e dell'Etruria meridionale).

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Joseph John Viscomi – History, politics, and memory in the departure of the italiani d'Egitto

  • Monday, 30 March 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Joseph John Viscomi, Millicent Mercer Johnsen Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies and Ph.D candidate in the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan, will give his shoptalk entitled History, politics, and memory in the departure of the italiani d'Egitto.

You can watch this event live at:

https://new.livestream.com/aarome/events/3818834

Conversations/Conversazioni

Duane Zaloudek and Brett Littman

  • Tuesday, 31 March 2015 - 2:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

In conjunction with the exhibition of early works by New York-based American painter Duane Zaloudek (b. 1931, Texhoma, Texas) opening later the same evening in the center of Rome, the artist will speak informally with Brett Littman, Director of the Drawing Center in New York, about his career. While Zaloudek is known for his watercolors on white gessoed canvas, the specific focus of their conversation will be the Milarepa series, a group of paintings realized between 1965 and 1968, which are featured in the exhibition.

Exhibition opening:

Monitor Rome
Early Works
31 March 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Monitor Rome

Palazzo Sforza Cesarini
Via Sforza Cesarini, 43a
00186 Roma