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April 2014

FELLOW SHOPTALKS

Peter Streckfus - Reading from his collection of poetry: Errings

  • Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Peter Streckfus, recipient of the Joseph Brodsky Prize, a gift of the Drue Heinz Trust/American Academy of Arts and Letters, will read from his newly released collection of poetry Errings.

Exhibition Opening

nine seventeen: prabhavathi meppayil

  • Wednesday, 2 April 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AAR Gallery
Rome
Image: prabhavathi meppayil / untitled series-1, c7, 2010 / copper wire embedded in gesso panel (detail) / Courtesy Pace Gallery, photographer: Stephen White

Born and raised in Bangalore, India, where she still works, Prabhavathi Meppayil, the daughter of a goldsmith, revisits the problematics and motifs of modernism/minimalism via traditional artisanal practices and techniques. Her paintings in lime gesso inscribed with gold and copper wire, or marked and patterned with goldsmith’s tools, most notably thinnam, interrogate such minimalist trademarks as the grid, monochromy, and serial repetition. In the process, she inflects impersonal minimalist formulas with a human, sensual dimension in keeping with a general shift in contemporary art in this direction.

Meppayil rose to international prominence this past year as one of the stand-outs of Massimiliano Gioni’s exhibition The Encyclopedic Palace at the Venice Biennale, which enshrined so-called outsider artists. Little known outside of India until recently, her paintings put a much needed and subtly evocative emphasis on materials, work implements and artistic process. Her first solo exhibition in Italy, it is a collaboration with PACE London. The handsomely illustrated catalogue will feature a major essay by noted critic Benjamin Buchloh and a text by art historian Deepak Ananth.

The Exhibition is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4pm to 7pm until 11 May 2014.

The exhibition is supported, in part, by a generous contribution from Melos International.

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Max Page - The Arc of Memory and the Arc of Justice: Bending the Future of Historic Preservation

  • Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Max Page, Mark Hampton Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation and Conservation, will give his shoptalk entitled The Arc of Memory and the Arc of Justice: Bending the Future of Historic Preservation.

NEW WORK IN THE HUMANITIES SERIES: CONFERENCE

Dispute, Violence and Peace-making Practices in Medieval Italy

  • Wednesday, 9 April 2014 - 3:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

The event is part of the New Work in the Humanities Series 2013-14: New Work on Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

The history of law and judicial institutions in medieval Italy has long been a particularly active field of research. By broadening the categories of analysis from law and courts to conflict and dispute resolution this research is revealing the co-existence of informal complementary methods and institutionalized judicial systems as well as interconnections between social, cultural, and political history. This half-day conference will present new work on disputes, dispute resolution and peacemaking practices in medieval Italy from the central to the later Middle Ages, considering not only lay but also ecclesiastical disputes.

Speakers include: Katherine Jansen, FAAR’95 (Catholic University/Lester K. Little Scholar in Residence); Maureen Miller (University of California Berkeley, American Academy in Rome Scholar in Residence), Giuliano Milani (Università di Roma, “‘La Sapienza”); and Claudia Storti (Università degli Studi, Milano). Commentary by Christopher Wickham (All Souls College, Oxford).

The presentations will be held in English and Italian.

Benefit

2014 Tribute Dinner - New York

  • Wednesday, 9 April 2014 - 6:30pm
Waldorf Astoria, 310 Park Avenue
New York City

JOIN US for the AAR Annual Tribute Dinner on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Waldorf Astoria.

MEET AAR President and CEO Mark Robbins, FAAR’97. Mark Robbins is an accomplished artist and architect with a distinguished career as an academic and administrator. Robbins comes to the Academy after serving as the Executive Director of the International Center of Photography, Dean of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University, Director of the NEA Design Program, and first curator of architecture at the Wexner Center.

SALUTE AAR Honorees Robert A. M. Stern, Cindy Sherman and Walter Isaacson. Robert A. M. Stern’s many contributions to American architecture include teaching at Columbia and Yale Universities, serving as Dean of the Yale School of Architecture and as Founding Director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia, numerous publications on the history of architecture in New York, and the work of Robert A. M Stern Architects. Photographer Cindy Sherman is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists in contemporary art.  Her photographs and films that challenge conventional notions of identity and representation have been the subject of numerous international exhibitions. Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, is the author of numerous books, including biographies of Steve Jobs, Henry Kissinger, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the Editor of Time Magazine.

Proceeds of the evening will provide vital support for the Academy’s mission of supporting and advancing the arts and humanities.

Cocktails are at the new time of  6:30pm and dinner begins promptly at 7:15pm

Black Tie

Seating is limited/ reservations required

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For further information, please contact Isabel Orbon at i.orbon@aarome.org or 212.751.7200 x348.

Ceremony

2014 Rome Prize Ceremony

  • Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 6:00pm
The Harmonie Club
New York City

Each year the Rome Prize is awarded to emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. 

Please join us as we announce the 2014-2015 Rome Prize Winners at the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony. 

The evening will feature Una Volta a Roma, a presentation  by Professor John Ochsendorf, FAAR’08.  This lecture celebrates the great vaults of Rome and their influence on architecture and engineering through the ages. Interdisciplinary studies of historical constructions are shedding new light on the past and are helping to preserve such structures for generations to come. The vaulting of Rome has had a major influence on American architecture and continues to offer inspiration for buildings in the future.

John Ochsendorf is a structural engineer and historian of construction specializing in masonry vaults and domes. He is the author of Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) and the lead curator for the 2014 Guastavino exhibition on view at the Museum of the City of New York. In addition to the Rome Prize in Historic Preservation, his work has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain (2000) and a MacArthur Fellowship (2008). Ochsendorf is the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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FELLOW SHOPTALKS

Bradley Cantrell - responsive landscapes

  • Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Bradely Cantrell, Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellow in Landscape Architecture, will give his shoptalk entitled responsive landscapes.

Exhibition Opening

Milton Gendel: A Surreal Life

  • Friday, 11 April 2014 - 6:00pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
New York City
Milton Gendel, Portico of the Galleria Borghese, 1996; Silver gelatin print; Archivio Fondazione Primoli, Fondo Gendel, Rome

An exhibition of photographs by Milton Gendel (b. 1918), American art critic, writer and collector, who began his career with the Surrealist exiles in New York before moving to Rome in 1949. Shot by a central catalyst in the cultural dialogue between Italy and the United States for over sixty years, his photographs capture the intellectual and artistic ferment in post-war Rome and the glamour of the dolce vita.

The selection is drawn from the exhibition with the same title organized with Roma Capitale, and held at the American Academy in Rome and the Museo Carlo Bilotti-Aranciera di Villa Borgese in 2011.

Curated by: Peter Benson Miller and Barbara Drudi.

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
New York University
24 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

www.casaitaliananyu.org

The exhibition is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm until 23 May 2014.

FELLOW SHOPTALKS

Ruth Lo - Celebrating the Festa dell’Uva: Invented Traditions, Popular Culture, and Urban Spectacle in Fascist Rome

  • Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Ruth Lo, Donald and Maria Cox Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies, will give her shoptalk entitled Celebrating the Festa dell’Uva: Invented Traditions, Popular Culture, and Urban Spectacle in Fascist Rome.

NEW WORK IN THE HUMANITIES SERIES: LECTURE

New Work in Late Antique Paganism

  • Wednesday, 16 April 2014 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

The event is part of the New Work in the Humanities Series 2013-14: New Work on Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

The question of Christian-Pagan relations in Rome during the final centuries of empire has been a vexed one, with some positing a kind of pagan revival, intent on preserving the old religion in the face of Christian ascendency, while others have argued that the very notion of hard “Christian” and “Pagan” categories fails to describe the way late antique people identified themselves during this age of change. In this lecture duet, reknown scholar Alan Cameron, whose monumental recent book The Last Pagans of Rome offers the fullest assessment yet of pagan identity, discusses how the senator and alleged hard-core pagan Symmachus corresponded with Christian friends and colleagues. Archaeologist Kristine Iara takes up the problem from another angle, examining the small and subtle ways in which the Rome Forum continued to be a pagan sacred space in an increasing Christian city. This event is organized in collaboration with Incontri Tardoantichi a Roma (ITAR).

Alan Cameron (Columbia University/American Academy in Rome Scholar in Residence): Were Pagans Afraid to Speak their Mind in a Christian World: The Correspondence of Symmachus

Kristine Iara (American Academy in Rome): Sacralità ostinata: la persistenza della sacralità pagana nel Foro Romano tardo antico

The presentations will be held in English and Italian.

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Elizabeth Fain LaBombard - Living on the Edge: Re-thinking Landscape on the Periphery of Rome

  • Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Elizabeth Fain LaBombard, Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize Fellow in Landscape Architecture, will give her shoptalk entitled Living on the Edge: Re-thinking Landscape on the Periphery of Rome.

AIA Lecture

Amanda Claridge - Reconstructing the Temple of Apollo on the Palatine

  • Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

In 2008 the ‘House of Augustus’ on the Palatine hill opened to the public after years of painstaking restoration work. Visitors descend the hillside to see a series of beautifully painted rooms, including the emperor’s private study, all embedded in massive concrete foundations, about which nothing is said. They are the footings of the temple of Apollo, Imperial Rome’s most important temple after that of Jupiter on the Capitoline. Ancient literature abounds with references to it, but its size and shape, and its relationship to the emperor’s own house have never been explained satisfactorily. This lecture presents a radically different interpretation of the evidence, with a new reconstruction of both the temple and its setting.

Amanda Claridge is Professor of Roman Archaeology at Royal Holloway, University of London.

This event is in collaboration with the Archaeological Institute of America.

FELLOW SHOPTALKS

Eric Nathan - On My Recent Music

  • Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Eric Nathan, Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize Fellow in Musical Composition, will give his shoptalk entitled On My Recent Music.

Lecture

Derrell Acon - Da Dove Viene "La Black Art"

  • Wednesday, 30 April 2014 - 7:00pm
The American University of Rome
Atlanta Reflections, Corey Barksdale

In "Da Dove Viene La Black Art," Derrell Acon responds to the extravagant claim that true Black Art cannot exist in America. In addition to brief reference to his thesis,Whence Comes Black Art?: The Construction and Application of "Black Motivation," Acon uses live performance to exemplify his research. The presentation includes song, literature excerpts, and poetry by a variety of African American artists. Eric Nathan (American Academy in Rome) will perform trumpet in a live jazz improvisation along with Javier Moreno, bass (Spanish Academy), along to texts ("Why is we Americans" and "Black Art") by Amiri Baraka recited by Derrell Acon. The lecture will be held in English.

Derrell Acon is a 2013-2014 United States of America Fulbright grantee in music performance and research based in Milan.

Location:

The American University of Rome

Via Pietro Roselli, 4

www.aur.edu