January 2015


Mgr. Paul Canart, Centres of Book Production in Constantinople and in the Byzantine Provinces

  • Friday, 9 January 2015 - 5:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

Recent scholarship on the centres of book production (or scriptoria) in the Byzantine world has achieved some remarkable results, but has thrown up even more new questions, to the point that the notion itself of scriptorium is difficult to define. This lecture will explore some of these results and questions, with particular reference to real or imagined scriptoria in Constantinople and in regional centres such as the ones in Southern Italy.

Mgr. Paul Canart, Vatican Apostolic Library


Adam Kuby - Time and Materials

  • Monday, 12 January 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Adam Kuby, environmental artist, sculptor and designer, and Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellow in Landscape Architecture, will give his shoptalk entitled Time and Materials.


Mr. Nigel Wilson, Experiences of a Palaeographer

  • Tuesday, 13 January 2015 - 5:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

It is often assumed that the study of classical texts has reached the point at which there is no longer anything much for the editor or palaeographer to do.  In this talk I propose to demonstrate from my own experience of 50-odd years work in the field that this view is not justified.  Even in the case of texts which appear to be well established – and this is by no means true of all – there remains the task of throwing light on their diffusion and subsequent influence.  But in recent years developments in the technology of imaging have created important possibilities of further advances.

Mr. Nigel Wilson, Lincoln College, University of Oxford


Father Justin, Reading the Greek Manuscripts at Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai

  • Wednesday, 14 January 2015 - 5:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Ms from St. Catherine's Monastery Library

A few of the Sinai manuscripts are splendid works of art, with gilded letters and brilliant illuminations, created in Constantinople in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth centuries, when the City was at its height as the centre of culture and devotion. But no less significant are the humble manuscripts written at Sinai, often on reused parchment, bound between rough boards, the pages stained from long use, a witness to the deprivations and austerity of Sinai, and to the generations of monks who have maintained the life of devotion and the cycle of daily services at this holy place.

Father Justin, St Catherine’s Monastery Library


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

  • Thursday, 15 January 2015 - 10:00am to Friday, 16 January 2015 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Frances McCann, Alexander Calder, Palma Bucarelli and Topazia Alliata at the Rome-New York Art Foundation, 1958

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 first of two research seminars in which international scholars will consider various aspects of artistic production, exhibition and exchange in Rome during this vibrant period.

Participants in the first session include: Emily Braun, Elisabetta Cristallini, Michele Dantini, Barbrara Drudi, Susan Fisher, Elisa Francesconi, Alicia Imperiale, Katie Johnson, Talia Kwartler, Marco Rinaldi, Patrizia Rosazza Ferraris, Robert Slifkin, and Rosemary Stewart. Papers will be given in English and in Italian.

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.

Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica (AIAC)

  • Monday, 19 January 2015 - 5:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

The American Academy in Rome will host a panel presentation of AIAC, the Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica/International Association for Classical Archaeology (AIAC), in that organization's longstanding Incontri series. The current President of the Association is Elizabeth Fentress, former American Academy in Rome Mellon Professor-in-Charge (1996-1999).

Founded in Rome in 1945, AIAC aims to facilitate international collaboration among classical archaeologists through coordinating conferences and congresses of classical archeology. It also serves in Rome as the principal clearinghouse for information on archaeology-related scholarly events. AIAC publishes Fasti Online, the premier international database for archaeological excavations in 13 countries in the territory of the former Roman Empire (including of course Italy), which in turn continues its print Fasti Archaeologici (published 1948-1987). Since 2000, AIAC also has organized a series of monthly Incontri in Rome, where young scholars from Italian universities and the many foreign institutes in the city can present their research.

The theme for this evening at the American Academy in Rome will be Sacro e profano in età tardo-antica, da Roma alla Siria moderated by Riccardo Santangeli Valenzani (Università degli Studi Roma Tre). Presenting on the AIAC program will be:

Giulia Giovanetti (Sapienza-Università di Roma, Archeologia classica), Balnea "privati" nel paesaggio urbano di Roma e Ostia in età tardoantica

Franz  Dolveck (École française de Rome), La descrizione del complesso basilicale di Cimitile nei Carmi di Paolino da Nola di fronte all'archeologia

Elia Kass Hanna (Pontificio Instituto di Archeologia Cristiana), Insediamenti, monasteri, oratori nella pianura del Dana (Siria) e nel territorio limitrofo) fra IV  e VI secolo


Liz Moore - On Narrative Voice

  • Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Liz Moore, recipient of the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, a gift of the Drue Heinz Trust/American Academy of Arts and Letters and Assistant Professor of Writing in the School of Arts and Sciences at Holy Family University, will give her shoptalk entitled On Narrative Voice.

You can watch this event live at:


David Lang (FAAR'91) and Nico Muhly

  • Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 6:30pm
Museum of Arts & Design
New York City

Please join us in New York City for the first 2015 Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome, featuring renowned composers David Lang, FAAR’91, and Nico Muhly, who are reshaping the landscape of contemporary music with their innovation and creative energy. In addition to sharing current and in-development work, Lang and Muhly will discuss their creative processes as composers, including where they seek inspiration for individual and collaborative projects. 

David Lang is one of America's most performed composers. He received a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for “The Little Match Girl Passion”, was named Musical America’s 2013 Composer of the Year and is a recipient of Carnegie Hall’s Deb Composer's Chair for 2013-2014. Mr. Lang is co-founder and co-artistic director of New Yorks’ legendary music collective Bang on a Can, and currently serves on the faculty at Yale School of Music.

Nico Muhly has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, solo artists and organizations including the New York Philharmonic, Paris Opera Ballet, Boston Pops, Bjork, Phillip Glass, and Anthony and the Johnsons, among others. Muhly’s first full-scale opera, Two Boys, premiered to wide acclaim at the English National Opera in 2011 and debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013. The first recording of the piece, from the Met production, was released on Nonesuch Records in 2014. 

David Lang, FAAR'91, and Nico Muhly
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:30pm
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

This event is free, but reservations are required and SEATING IS LIMITED.

RSVP by 19  January.


For more information, contact Cassandra Connors at or 212-751-7200 x350. 


Heather L. Reid - Philostratus’ Gymnasticus: The Ethics of an Athletic Aesthetic

  • Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Heather L. Reid, National Endowment for the Humanities/ Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post- Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Morningside College, will give her shoptalk entitled Philostratus’ Gymnasticus:  The Ethics of an Athletic Aesthetic.

You can watch this event live at:


Giulia D'Angelo - Santuari "federali" latini

  • Monday, 26 January 2015 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Giulia D'Angelo, Scuola Normale Superiore Exchange Fellow  in Ancient Studies, will give her shoptalk entitled Santuari "federali" latini.


Cinque Mostre 2015

  • Thursday, 29 January 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AAR Gallery

Cinque Mostre 2015 is an annual exhibition of work by current Rome Prize Fellows. This year it includes Fellow-curated collaborative projects and a guest-curated project by Ilaria Marotta and Andrea Baccin of Cura. in which Fellows in several disciplines and invited artists take part in a multi-faceted exhibition, Milk Revolution, installed in various sites throughout the McKim, Mead & White Building.

Milk Revolution

Curated by Ilaria Marotta and Andrea Baccin of CURA.

Artie Vierkant, Vanessa Safavi, Bunny Rogers, Alessandro Piangiamore, Abinadi Meza, Cynthia Madansky, Adam Kuby, Corin Hewitt, Keith Hennessy, Elias Hansen, Francesca Grilli, Carin Goldberg, Martino Gamper, Anna Franceschini, Luca Francesconi, Andrea De Stefani, Gabriele De Santis, Tomaso De Luca. 

When Allen Ginsberg, writer and poet of the Beat Generation, photographed his friend Harry Smith– painter, archivist, anthropologist and film director – in 1985 at the Breslin Hotel in Manhattan attempting to turn milk into milk, he portrayed in a concise image an entire generation called to face major changes and struggles, through the subversive gesture of an impossible alchemy. At times, the impact of an artistic action can assume its own revolutionary force, even if only transitory, fleeting, light. According to Bachelard, poets and alchemists are those who translate into images the spell that the image itself casts on the psyche – a spell that becomes stronger with the poets and alchemists’ deepening knowledge of the basic elements that determine moods, and the ability to manipulate, process, transmute them. Under this reverie of alchemical connections, milk revolution brings together the work of fellows from the American Academy in Rome and that of a selection of non resident international artists, outlining an unsystematic, anti-narrative, fluid path, an open device, which contravenes the common sense of a concise thought and amalgamates and moods associated with changes of state, metamorphosis, the temporal span of thework, in an anarchical opposition of elements pitted against approval and control. In the dimension of the exhibition space, the mutant and regressive process acts as a counterpoint to an aestheticized, timeless and suspended ambivalence, probing whims of, autonomy and escape, but also empathy and unpleasantness, fascination and for the elements. The exhibition therefore aims at defining a microsystem in which the mutation of matter, the flow of a dripping, the unpredictable path of wax, elements in a perpetual state of flux, the liberating gesture of a repetitive brushstroke, the impalpable transparency of tulle, the unexpected patterns of faux marble, the frenzied sound coming from a remote place, a wild raptor acting instinctively become a representation of an imagination called to explore the hidden folds of the human being and the “fragile nonsense of always being oneself, constantly becoming something else."

Prex Gemina

Lakshmi Ramgopal aka Lykanthea and Paula Matthusen

Christian catacombs associated with female martyrs and donors are unique on account of their rarity. The same is true of the hagiographies of these women, which depict their commitment to complexly defined virtue, while fetishizing their rape and torture as a prerequisite for a sainthood particular to women. Prex Gemina explores the spectral affinities of these spaces by examining the silences that surround them. To do so, it critically engages with techniques drawn from Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP), which amplifies ambient recordings with the goal of hearing the supernatural. Recordings of stretched silences, bracketed by questions into the air, are transduced through the walls of the sound installation space. By doing so, Prex Gemina creates an interface, using the walls of a bounded space, upon which visitors listen to the captured loss.

Material Narratives

Anna Serotta with Adam Kuby, Krys Lee and Liz Moore

This project seeks to explore the interpretation of fragmentary material culture by condensing the cycle of creation, destruction and recreation. Four participants will enact a live performance in which an original text, composed from contributions by several fellows, will be carved into a block of Carrara marble. In a live performance, this block will be fragmented, and then the text will be reimagined via prose passages composed extemporaneously before an audience by two writers.

A Roma 

Daniel Phillips and Kim Karlsrud, COMMONstudio

The visual beauty and physical presence of Rome’s iconic monuments have been captured, crafted, and reverberated ad infinitum across the globe in formats ranging from the dramatic compositions of Piranesi prints and Fellini films, to the pages of tourist brochures and the digital image crafting that happens daily from the telescoping reach of selfie sticks.  Yet insisting on reading these sites merely as relics of the past to be consumed as image precludes vital conversations about how they continue to live, breathe, and develop in the present day.  A Roma seeks a re-examination of Rome’s iconic monuments through an alternative sensory celebration of elements that are too often overlooked.  Living material from the various vegetal ecologies of three sites has been collected, cataloged, and processed by means of steam distillation to extract and interpret each place as a unique essence that can be experienced in the form of a smell. By defamiliarizing the familiar, and familiarizing the unfamiliar aspects of Rome’s, new interpretations of both monumental space and urban ecology are made possible. We hope that the installation serves to create moments of discovery in which locals and visitors alike are invited to reexamine their stable expectations, memories, and assumptions about the eternal city.

Dislodging the Silence:  Public Art Intervening in Mussolini’s Foro Italico

Max Page

The Foro Italico remains one of Mussolini’s most compelling and disturbing propaganda sites. Visited by thousands every week on their way to sporting events, the Foro Italico’s extensive mosaic program celebrating Italy’s conquering of Ethiopia, and its monumental male figures around tennis courts and running track, all capture the ideology of Mussolini’s vision of a new Roman empire.  But for all its importance, there has been virtually no effort to invite visitors to confront the reality of the fascist ideology displayed on the site.  For all its imperial bombast, the Foro Italico is mute about its past.

This exhibition dislodges the silence by proposing ideas for public art interventions for the Foro Italico. Participating artists are: Francesco Arena; Lorenzo Romito and the Stalker collective; Dario Scaravelli and the Startt group; Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock; Stefano Canto, Cynthia Madansky. 


Firat Erdim and Olivia Valentine

Satellites brings together the documentation of performances from two distant terrains. Processions, marches, pilgrimages, and parades are collective ways of continuously reaffirming or redefining the significance of civic space. The actions documented in Satellites are attempts to address that ground as individuals. In Segovia, a topography of the city is mapped out through circumnavigations metered by a central bell tower. In Cappadocia, a single figure delineates the open landscape through walking the edges of the table mountains.

Opening hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 7pm until 1 March 2015.

Supported by untitled association
Thanks to Birra Menabrea and Cantina Zaccagnini