November 2014


Craig Dykers in Conversation with Pippo Ciorra

  • Wednesday, 5 November 2014 - 6:00pm
Casa dell’Architettura

A conversation in English with Craig Dykers, the co-founder of Snøhetta, the influential architecture and design firm, based in Oslo and New York, responsible for, among other important projects, the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo and the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center in New York City. In a wide-ranging discussion, Dykers will speak with Pippo Ciorra, Senior Curator at MAXXI Architettura, about the role of context, nature and human nature in these projects, as well as those currently in development.

Craig Dykers is the William A. Bernoudy Designer in Residence at the American Academy in Rome and co-founder of Snøhetta.

Location of event:
Casa dell’Architettura
Piazza Manfredo Fanti, 47

The event is organized in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute in Rome, the Ordine degli Architetti P.P.C. di Roma, and MAXXI Architettura, under the patronage of the Royal Norwegian Embassy.


2014 Cabaret

  • Wednesday, 5 November 2014 - 7:00pm
Stephan Weiss Studio
New York City

It’s time for the 5th Annual Cabaret, a gathering of Fellows, Residents and friends.

Please join the American Academy in Rome for our annual downtown benefit event that celebrates the work of Fellows, while providing critical support for Academy programs.  As always, the 5th Annual Cabaret will be equal parts reunion and dinner party.

The program features Academy Trustee Laurie Anderson, FAAR’06, along with a special performance of Bodycast by Suzanne Bocanegra, FAAR’91, starring Kate Valk (please note cast change). Exploring topics as disparate as Roman art, Rose queens, and Texas drill teams, Bodycast mines details of Bocanegra’s life to create a meditation on art-making and shifting ideals of feminine beauty.

Doors open at 7:00, followed by a Roman dinner prepared by Chef Sara Jenkins of Porsena and Porchetta.

In honor of the McKim, Mead & White Building’s centennial anniversary, we are offering a limited number of $100 tickets to Fellows, Affiliated Fellows and their guests.  We look forward to seeing you at this unique gathering and thank you for your continued support of the Academy.

Location of event:
Stephan Weiss Studio
711 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10014 

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For information please contact Isabel Orbon at 212-751-7200 ext. 348, or write to


Lindsay Harris - “Africa” alle porte di Roma: fotografia e Latina Tellus (1910)

  • Tuesday, 18 November 2014 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Anonymous, "Capre alla capanna," from, Latina Tellus, La Campagna Romana, Rome, Casa Editrice Mundus, 1910.

Lindsay Harris will open the Rome Art History Network 2014-15 conference series with a talk on  the newest chapter of her current book, Photography and the Myths of Primitivism in Italy (1904-1954).  A contribution to the history of photography and modern Italian studies, her book explores the myths of primitivism – collective fantasies about original purity as an antidote to the iniquities of modern life, or shared anxieties about persistent atavism – that inspired Italians and foreigners alike to turn to photography to research, represent, and interpret the impact of modernization on Italian society in the first half of the twentieth century.  In her talk, she will explore the northern Italian writer Arnaldo Cervesato’s use of photographs in his 1910 publication, Latina Tellus, to condemn living conditions in Rome’s periphery as “more primitive than in the darkest Africa,” an approach he adapted from European models.

Lindsay Harris is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the School of Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome.

The lecture will be given in Italian.


Diane Favro - Generating Augustan Rome: Hypothesis Testing in Context

  • Monday, 10 November 2014 - 6:00pm
British School at Rome

Renowned architectural historian and James S. Ackerman Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, Diane Favro contemplates reconstructing Augustan Rome using digital and other technologies. Augustus allegedly claimed to have transformed Rome from brick to marble. By reverse engineering the ancient capital using procedural modeling technologies, a team from UCLA is generating multiple, geo-temporally based, interactive simulations of the entire cityscape. Experiments within these digital environments test the veracity of Augustus’ boast, and provide new insights about its formation. This lecture is the W.T.C.Walker Lecture in Architectural History at the British School in Rome.

Location of event:
British School in Rome
Via Gramsci, 67

This event is organized in collaboration with the British School in Rome.


C. Brian Rose - Excavating Troy and Gordion

  • Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

During the last three decades, C. Brian Rose, James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, has co-directed the excavation of two legendary sites in Turkey: Troy in northwestern Turkey, across from the Gallipoli peninsula, and Gordion, the capital city of King Midas and the Phrygians, which is not far from Ankara. Neither excavation was easy to undertake because both sites had been extensively excavated with a heavy hand in earlier periods. In this workshop, Rose will discuss the methodologies used to explore the citadel mounds and the surrounding areas, and discuss the problems that an archaeologist encounters in the 21st century when dealing with major legendary sites in the Old World.


Diet and Environment in the Roman World

  • Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Thursday, 13 November 2014 - 9:00am to 6:30pm
  • Friday, 14 November 2014 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Museo Nationale Romano - Terme di Diocleziano

This conference addresses one of the most important new directions in classical archaeology – an increasing attention to human environments. The evidence of plant, faunal and skeletal data provide the possibility of a fuller understanding of the ancient world – of agricultural techniques, diet, health and disease and environmental change. Through the more intensive collection and analysis of biological data, classical archaeology is transforming from a discipline concerned principally with great monuments to a richer consideration of the relationship between humans and their many environments.

The conference will assemble an international group of specialists – faunal and human skeletal specialists, archaeobotanists, ceramicists and historians. Major excavations from around the Roman world will be presented in the light of new biological data, with teams of specialists from each site asked to present the whole of their collections, highlighting places where different kinds of evidence yield similar – and divergent – histories. Keynote summaries will be offered by archaeologists and historians, reflecting on the significance of individual findings for the field as a whole.

Presentations will be given in Italian, English and French.

Location of event:
Museo Nationale Romano, Terme di Diocleziano
Viale Enrico De Nicola, 79

The event is sponsored by the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, the American Academy in Rome, the École Française de Rome, and the Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma.


Denise Rae Costanzo - Reworking the Rome Prize: American, French, British and Spanish Architects at Postwar Academies

  • Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Denise Rae Costanzo, Marian and Andrew Heiskell Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies and Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University, will give her shoptalk entitled Reworking the Rome Prize: American, French, British and Spanish Architects at Postwar Academies.

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Nuova Consonanza - Festa d’Autunno

  • Sunday, 16 November 2014 - 4:30pm to 11:00pm
Villa Aurelia

The American Academy in Rome hosts one day of the 51th annual Festa d’Autunno organized by Nuova Consonanza. Among the highlights in the program to be presented at Villa Aurelia are the premieres of two operas. The first is L’aggiustafavole for soprano, tenor, baritone and chamber orchestra, composed by Paolo Marchettini based on an original text by Elio Pecora. The second is Il dottor Vetrata, with music by Giovanni Guaccero inspired by a text written by Francesco Maschio freely adapted from one of the 12 novelle esemplari by Miguel de Cervantes. The director is Sandra Del Maro. Both operas will feature the young singers Damiana Mizzi, soprano, Gianluca Bocchino, tenor and the Gruppo Musica d’Oggi, directed by Enrico Marocchini.

Among the artists performing in this edition of the Nuova Consonanza festival are the flutist Gianni Trovalusci, the Flute Ensemble NicolaSala, as well as the talented young flutist Paolo Vignaroli performing music by Goffredo Petrassi, Elliott Carter, Guido Baggiani, Silvia Lanzalone and a world premier of a work by young composers Simone Pappalardo and Sofia Avramidou. The Trio Imago Sonora and the guitarist Luigi Attademo will interpret music by Niccolò Paganini, Domenico Guaccero, Alessando Solbiati, Daniele Bravi, in addition to Andy Akiho and Paula Matthusen, both current Fellows in Musical Composition at the American Academy in Rome.

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John Maciuika - Infrastructures of Memory: Historical Reconstruction and Cultural Heritage in Berlin and Beyond

  • Monday, 17 November 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

John Maciuika, National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation and Conservation and Associate Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at City University of New York, Baruch College, will give his shoptalk entitled Infrastructures of Memory: Historical Reconstruction and Cultural Heritage in Berlin and Beyond.

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Corin Hewitt - Artist Talk

  • Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Corin Hewitt, Chuck Close Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts and Assistant Professor in Sculpture and Extended Media at the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, will give his shoptalk entitled Artist Talk.

Artist's Book Presentation

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater

  • Friday, 28 November 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
AAR Gallery

In the exhibition on view at the American Academy in Rome until 4 December 2014, American artist Grear Patterson plumbs the pleasures and traumas of adolescence in photographs, videos, works on canvas and sculptures that evoke both personal and collective rites of passage. His work, alternating between disclosure and reticence, explores the immediacy of violent impulses and erotic yearning.

On this occasion, the artist and the curator will present the large-format artist’s book, also entitled Forest Theater, designed and published by NERO to accompany the exhibition. It contains a text by Peter Benson Miller.

Like a collection of random snapshots and personal effects, Forest Theater summons in various, often indirect ways, formative moments in the artist Grear Patterson’s life. Embodied by, among other things, baseball cards, summer camp, and fireworks on the Fourth of July, these moments might be construed as typical of an American childhood and the turbulent passages of adolescence – Sturm und Drang leavened by the cool sensibility of Ed Ruscha, with a nod to the dark undercurrent in William Eggleston’s photographs of back yards and suburban clutter. Part Hardy Boy and part Holden Caulfield, Patterson presents his recollections in the form of photographs and private relics, tapping into a broader consciousness. His artist’s book, like the works in the exhibition, contains remarkably mature ruminations upon memory, nostalgia and the hormone-fueled transition from childhood to adulthood. Like Harold with his purple crayon, Patterson creates a rich personal world that melds the real and the imaginary.

The exhibition is curated by Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome, in collaboration with Depart Foundation.

PLEASE NOTE: The closing date of the exhibition has been postponed to 4 December 2014. The exhibition is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 7pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, December 2, 3 and 4 from 4pm to 7pm.