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October 2016

SHOPTALKS

Peter Benson Miller - Cy Twombly and Photography

  • Monday, 3 October 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Cy Twombly, Light Flowers VI, Gaeta, 2008, Color Dry Print. Courtesy Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio

Celebrated American artist Cy Twombly, who lived and worked in Rome for much of his life, tended to express himself in the most elemental, even deliberately archaic, artistic techniques, striving, in works on paper and on canvas, for a completely unaffected and unmediated drawing style. He also made photographs throughout his career, although none were exhibited publicly or published prior to 1993. If photography tends toward the particular and the explicit, Twombly’s paintings and drawings pursue the elusive and the inchoate. At first glance, these two qualities appear almost impossible to reconcile in a single artist, especially one with Twombly's stature and singular vision.

Considering Twombly’s polaroid photographs as an archive, a body of images in close dialogue with his own artistic project and the wider context offered by the history of photography, helps to unravel this apparent paradox and provides insight into the artist’s working method and the themes he explored in a variety of artistic media. For a famously tight-lipped artist, the photographic archive is a vital, if still under exploited resource for information about his process, overall aesthetic and sources of inspiration, and helps us to reconstruct states of mind and specific sensory experiences that he sought to convey in enigmatic works of art.

Peter Benson Miller is the Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome.

The shoptalk will be held in English. You can watch this event livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Reading

Nathaniel Mackey - Reading from His Work

  • Tuesday, 4 October 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: American Classics.

Nathaniel Mackey is Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University. Winner of a National Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Bollingen Prize for American Poetry among numerous honors, Mackey’s poetry combines African mythology, African-American musical traditions like jazz, and an open, serial form. As he says of his work, “I approach my writing as 'of a piece' in more senses than one, admittedly fractional but wanting to imply—all the more wanting to imply—the proverbial whole the parts fail to add up to."

Nathaniel Mackey is the William B. Hart Poet in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the fall of 2016.

The reading will be in English. You can watch this event livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Conversations/Conversazioni

Michael Rock with Michael Bierut - Branding: Designing America

  • Wednesday, 5 October 2016 - 6:30pm
Museum of Arts & Design
New York City

Please join us in New York City as we kick-off the 2016 U.S. season of Conversations | Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome, featuring a discussion between two leading figures in Design – Michael Rock (2000 Fellow) and Michael Bierut (2016 Resident) at the Museum of Art and Design as they discuss how design has both reflected and shaped perceptions of American culture.

Michael Rock is a founding partner and creative director of 2x4 and Professor of Design at the Yale University School of Art. At 2x4, he leads a wide range of projects including design strategy, environmental graphics and media design. Previously, he was co-founder of Information Incorporated in Boston. From 1984-91 he was Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition he was a Fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and a contributing editor and graphic design journalist at I.D. Magazine in New York. His writing on design has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Print, AIGA Journal and the British journal Eye. He holds a B.A. in Humanities from Union College and a M.F.A from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the recipient of the 2000 Rome Prize in Design from the American Academy in Rome.

Michael Bierut studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, graduating summa cum laude in 1980. Prior to joining Pentagram’s New York office in 1990 as a partner, he was vice president of graphic design at Vignelli Associates. Bierut’s projects at Pentagram have included: identity and branding; environmental graphics and signage; exhibition design; packaging; and publication design. He has won hundreds of design awards and his work is represented in many museum collections. His monograph How To was published by Thames & Hudson and Harper Design in 2015. He was a 2016 Resident in Design at the American Academy in Rome.

This event is at capacity, but you can watch this event livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome

For additional information, please contact Shawn Miller at: s.miller@aarome.org or 212-751-7200 x344.

Support for Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome is provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Conference

Hybrid Republicanism: Italy and American Art, 1840-1918

  • Thursday, 6 October 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Friday, 7 October 2016 - 9:30am to 6:00pm
Centro Studi Americani and American Academy in Rome

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: American Classics.

The first part of an international conference that considers the shared notions of republicanism and tyranny that animated American and Italian politics and visual culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The program takes into account significant historical events that linked Italy and the United States, such as the Italian wars of independence, the American Civil War, the founding of the Italian nation with Rome as its capital, the rise and decline of progressive reform in Italy and the United States, and Italian and American participation in World War I.

Don H. Doyle, McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, will deliver the keynote lecture at the Centro Studi Americani (Via Michelangelo Caetani, 32) on 6 October at 6pm. The title of the lecture is The Republican Experiment: America, Italy, and the Perils of Self-Government. You can watch the Centro Studi Americani event live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/Centro-Studi-Americani-172914676069816/

The conference will be held at the American Academy in Rome (Via Angelo Masina, 5) on October 7 from 9:30am to 6pm. See program attached.

Papers will be given in English. You can watch the American Academy in Rome event livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome

The conference is organized byMelissa Dabakis (Kenyon College), Daniele Fiorentino (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Lindsay Harris (American Academy in Rome) and Paul Kaplan (Purchase College, State University of New York).

The conference is made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional support is provided by: the Embassy of the United States of America in Italy, Centro Studi Americani - Rome, Smithsonian American Art Museum, American Academy in Rome, Kenyon College, Purchase College - State University of New York, and Università degli Studi Roma Tre.

A second conference, The Course of Empire: American Fascination with Classical and Renaissance Italy, 1760-1970, will be held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC on 20-21 October 2017.

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

SHOPTALKS

Lindsay Harris - Framing the Mediterranean: Photography and Matera, 1946-2016

  • Monday, 10 October 2016 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Carrie Mae Weems Matera, from the series Roaming (2006), gelatin silver print. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

The southern Italian town of Matera is one of the oldest crossroads in the Mediterranean. Continually occupied since the Neolithic Age, it originated as warren of cave dwellings known as the Sassi (Italian for “stones”) carved deep into a ravine. In the 1940s, the town came to international attention as the nadir of southern Italian backwardness, following the publication of northern Italian author and artist Carlo Levi's best-selling memoir, Christ Stopped at Eboli. Today, just over a generation later, Matera has resurged as a model of Mediterranean heritage that will represent Europe as its Capital of Culture in 2019. How photography framed Matera's transformation, both in its urban development and in the popular imagination, is the subject of this talk.
 

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

The shoptalk will be held in English. You can watch this event livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Inaugural Lecture

Zoe Strauss - The Photographer and the City - Philadelphia

  • Thursday, 13 October 2016 - 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Zoe Strauss, Mattress Flip Front, Philadelphia, 2001. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: American Classics.

Few photographers are as closely associated with a major city as Zoe Strauss is with Philadelphia. Between 2001 and 2010, Strauss explored the complexities of contemporary urban America in a series of annual one-day outdoor photography exhibitions, set up under Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. Strauss called the project and the pictures on display “an epic narrative about the beauty and struggle of everyday life.” Both the choice of venue, a disused space under a major traffic artery running through the city, and her compelling photographs shown there revived and updated the tradition of socially-engaged American street photography. In this talk, Strauss will discuss her relationship with Philadelphia and her use of photography and political outreach to engage wider audiences and revive troubled urban neighborhoods.

Strauss’ work was featured in a major mid-career exhibition, Zoe Strauss 10 Years, organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012. In 2006 she participated in the Whitney Biennial, and in 2008 she published her first book, America. Her work has been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, and the Wexner Center for the Art, Columbus, among other international institutions. She is the Richard Grubman and Caroline Mortimer Photographer in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the fall of 2016.

Strauss’ talk will open the exhibition A View of One’s Own - Three Women Photographers in Rome: Esther Boise Van Deman, Georgina Masson, Jeannette Montgomery Barron, which features a selection of photographs by foreign women in Rome from three successive generations, all of them connected to the American Academy. Their work confronts aspects of the Eternal City and its urban transformation over more than a century, from the Belle Époque to the present day. At the same time, it tracks the emergence of photography as an independent medium wielded by women with distinctive viewpoints, as it evolved from a documentary aid to a vehicle for subjective, even gendered expression.

The event is part of La Quadriennale in città (16° Quadriennale d’Arte) and FOTOGRAFIA, Festival Internazionale di Roma.

The lecture will be held in English.

EXHIBITION EVENTS:
Exhibition Opening
13 October 2016
6pm-9pm, AAR Gallery

Lecture EVENT CANCELLED
Letizia Battaglia
The Photographer and the City - Palermo
3 November 2016
6:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

EXHIBITION HOURS:
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 4pm-7pm
until 27 November 2016
The exhibition will also be open on 26 October, 3 November and 10 November from 5pm to 8pm.

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.
 

Exhibition Opening

A View of One’s Own - Three Women Photographers in Rome: Esther Boise Van Deman, Georgina Masson, Jeannette Montgomery Barron

  • Thursday, 13 October 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AAR Gallery
Rome
Jeannette Montgomery Barron, December 29th, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: American Classics.

This exhibition, drawn in part from the holdings of the Photographic Archive of the American Academy in Rome, features a selection of photographs by foreign women in Rome from three successive generations. Their work confronts aspects of the Eternal City and its urban transformation over more than a century, from the Belle Époque to the present day. At the same time, it tracks the emergence of photography as an independent medium wielded by women with distinctive viewpoints, as it evolved from a documentary aid to a vehicle for subjective, even gendered expression.

The protagonists are American archaeologist Esther Boise Van Deman, who photographed Rome and its surroundings in the 1910s; Georgina Masson, author of the classic guidebook, The Companion Guide to Rome, that has shaped foreigners’ experiences of Rome since the 1950s; and contemporary photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron, whose images capture glimpses of Rome as seen by an American living abroad in the Eternal City, folding them into a wandering, meditative reverie. Seen in succession against a photographic landscape of Rome defined for the most part by men, these photographs posit another way of seeing the city’s history. Taken by female flâneurs, empirical observations of bricks and mortar progressively dissolve into pure, evanescent experience.

A View of One’s Own is curated by Lindsay Harris, Peter Benson Miller, and Angela Piga. It is part of La Quadriennale in città (16° Quadriennale d’Arte) and FOTOGRAFIA, Festival Internazionale di Roma.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Richard Baron and Adi Shamir Baron.

EXHIBITION EVENTS:
Inaugural Lecture
Zoe Strauss
The Photography and the City - Philadelphia
13 October 2016
6pm, AAR Lecture Room

Lecture EVENT CANCELLED
Letizia Battaglia
The Photographer and the City - Palermo
3 November 2016
6:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

EXHIBITION HOURS:
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 4pm-7pm
until 27 November 2016

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Tour

Accademia Aperta/Open Academy

  • Saturday, 15 October 2016 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
McKim, Mead & White Building
Rome

Join us for an afternoon of guided visits of the American Academy in Rome's historic McKim, Mead, & White Building, including the Cortile, Salone, Billiards Room, Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library, Bass Garden, and Gallery. Tours will focus on the architecture and history of the building and grounds and on the creative work that has taken place at the Academy since 1894.

Tours, in English and in Italian, will leave from the front gate every half hour and are free of charge.

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Registration is required.

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Conversations/Conversazioni

Colm Tóibín with Sara Antonelli - On Henry James

  • Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome
John Singer Sargent, Henry James, 1913. National Portrait Gallery, London.

This event is the Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library Lecture and is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: American Classics.

This year marks the centenary of the death of Henry James, the literary titan and cosmopolitan figure whose classic novels explore the culture clash between brash Americans and jaded European society. In this event, Colm Tóibín, the author of the award-winning novel The Master (2004), which unpacks James’ complex character towards the end of the writer’s life, will discuss James’ legacy with Sara Antonelli, who teaches Anglo-American literature at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre.

From early novels such as The Europeans or The Portrait of a Lady, which pitted the innocence of the new world against the corruption of the old, to later works, including The Golden Bowl and The Wings of the Dove, James crafted increasingly nuanced portraits of American identities thrown into relief by their experiences abroad. Many of his stories are set against the backdrop of Rome, drawing upon James’ thorough knowledge of the inner workings of its patrician palaces and artists’ studios. James himself, however, despite his prolific output, copious letters, notebooks, novels, plays, as well as the many portraits of him by friends, remains an enigmatic figure. This has made him and his work an alluring subject for contemporary scholars and writers, including Colm Tóibín, who have speculated about many aspects of his personal life, including his sexual proclivities, his friendships with men and women, his relationships with his siblings, and his ill-fated interest in the theater.

The event will be held in English.

The 2016-17 Conversations/Conversazioni series is sponsored by The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Embassy of Ireland in Italy. 

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

Film Screening and Conversation

Magic Lantern Film Festival - Phantasmagoria

  • Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Magic Lantern Film Festival is a semiannual research-based thematic investigation of the interstice between visual art and cinema. The festival aspires to act both as a tool for the dissemination of artistic languages that use film as a medium with which to give form to the imagination and as a moment of critical inquiry of authors, ideas and genres.

Magic Lantern Film Festival launches its programming with Phantasmagoria, a small collection of films that demonstrate how noir and horror have been adopted and adapted by the visual arts, creating narratives imbued with current socio-political implications. The films’ protagonists move in a context characterized by uncertainty, in a perpetually misleading, sometimes desperate and corrupt, world where tension and fear – laced by dark humor – prevail.

The festival will take place 26-28 October 2016 at the American Academy in Rome, Real Academia de España in Rome and Germany Academy Rome Villa Massimo.

The project is conceived and curated by Maria Alicata, Adrienne Drake and Ilaria Gianni.

FESTIVAL PROGRAM
Wednesday 26 October at 6:00pm
American Academy in Rome
Via Angelo Masina, 5

Theatrical trailer for Hiker Meat
by Jesus Rinzoli, Italy, 1982, 1’ 52’’

A real trailer for a fictional film, Hiker Meat explores the tension between fact and fiction in the narratives we use to define our identities and share our stories. A new type of storytelling is proposed, which includes unreliable narration, multiple realities and meta-commentary.

Office Killer
by Cindy Sherman, USA, 1997, 82’
Miramax/Park Circus

When Dorine Douglas' job at Constant Consumer Magazine is turned into an at-home position during a downsizing, she doesn't know how to cope, but after accidentally killing one of her co-workers, she discovers that murder can quench the loneliness of her home life, as a macabre office place forms in her basement, populated by dead co-workers.

Thursday 27 October at 6:00pm
Real Academia de España in Rome
Piazza di S. Pietro in Montorio, 3

Theatrical trailer for Sculpt
by Loris Greaud, USA, 2016, 2’ 28’’

Sculpt follows the thoughts of a man whom we don’t know much about; he seems to be constantly developing the very concept of what experiencing beauty, thought, or obsession can be, despite the risks that the subjects are exposed to in the long term.

The Point of Least Resistance
by Fischli & Weiss, Switzerland, 1980-81, 30’
Copyright: Peter Fischli David Weiss Zürich / Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London; Matthew Marks Gallery New York and Los Angeles; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich

Set against a noir-style Los Angeles background, two artists in rat and bear costumes become embroiled in a murder mystery that raises questions and observations on the nature of art and crime before spiralling into sublime flights of fancy.

The Right Way
by Fischli & Weiss, Switzerland, 1983, 55’
Copyright: Peter Fischli David Weiss Zürich / Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London; Matthew Marks Gallery New York and Los Angeles; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich

Friendship is once again put to the test as rat and bear go hiking in the open, unspoiled countryside, at the mercy of the elements and all kinds of miracles - and, above all, at the mercy of themselves.

Friday 28 October at 7:00pm
Germany Academy Rome Villa Massimo
Largo di Villa Massimo, 1-2

Theatrical trailer for Remainder
by Omer Fast, UK/Germany, 2015, 1’ 50’’
A London man who loses his memory when he's struck by a falling object develops a way to reconstruct his past. His obsessive efforts are funded by a large financial settlement for an accident he cannot remember.

Dracula’s Ghost
by Katrin Sonntag, Germany, 2009, 21’ 22’’ min
Courtesy Kadel Willborn, Dusseldorf and the artist

Dracula’s Ghost describes the bizarre mutations of meaning undergone by the Dracula myth in Romania, and explains how the vampire Dracula was actually an imported concept, appearing in Romania only after the opening of the borders for tourism in the 1960s. Alongside an interplay of documentary and fiction, facts and seduction, further readings of the Dracula phenomenon are revealed.

Storie di fantasmi per adulti
by Diego Marcon, Italy, 2010, 16' 22''
Courtesy of the artist

The protagonist of this film is the house of a hunter-watchmaker: full of objects, though silent and devoid of human presence. Composed of a sequence of still images of paintings, photographs, small sculptures, trinkets, Storie di fantasmi per adulti activates the gaze and imagination of the viewer on what would appear to be a series of still lifes, giving rise to new narrations, awakening the most hidden and mysterious dimension of the house, and revealing the true – and surprising – nature of the objects.

Admission to the screenings is free and all are welcome, but seats for each evening are limited. We recommend that you reserve your place by writing an email in which you specify your name and the evening you are interested in attending to the following address: info@magiclanternfilmfestival.org.

For additional information:
see program in attachment
magiclanternfilmfestival.wordpress.com
info@magiclanternfilmfestival.org

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

2017 Rome Prize Information Session

  • Wednesday, 26 October 2016 - 6:30pm
Columbia University
New York City

AAR, in conjunction with Columbia University, invites you to an information session on the Rome Prize Fellowships. Mark Robbins, President and CEO, will lead a discussion on the prize and the Academy with past winners and Residents. A short Q&A will follow.

Mark Robbins, 1997 Fellow
President and CEO, American Academy in Rome
Mari Yoko Hara, 2014 Fellow
Lecturer and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
Christia Mercer, 2013 Resident
Gustave M. Berne Professor, Department of Philosophy, Columbia University
Michael J. Waters, 2011 Fellow
Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 
6:30 p.m.
Columbia University
716 Philosophy Hall
1150 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

This event is free to the public, however RSVPs are required:

RSVP ONLINE

The American Academy in Rome supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community. The deadline for the national Rome Prize competition is Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Applications will also be accepted between November 2-15, 2016, for an additional fee. More information on the Rome Prize and the online application can be found here