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November 2017

SHOPTALKS

Bissera Pentcheva - Re-Animating the Past: The Lost Voice of Hagia Sophia

  • Monday, 6 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Hagia Sophia, interior. Photo: The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldworks Records and Papers, ca. late 1920s – 2000s. Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees of Harvard University, Washington, D.C.

Most of our research in the humanities focuses on texts, objects, and monuments. In our approach to the past, we privilege the written record. Can we transcend the limits of the text and enter the domain of experience? This is the question at the core of the collaborative project Icons of Sound (2008-present) that Bissera Pentcheva co-directs at Stanford University. It focuses on the acoustics and aesthetics of Hagia Sophia, the cathedral of Constantinople, built in 532-537 by emperor Justinian. Icons of Sound bridges humanities and exact sciences, pulling on the resources and expertise of the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

In the course of the nine-years, the project has developed a new methodology based on inflated balloons popped in the interior of the Great Church. From the balloon pops, researchers have extracted the acoustic signature of this immense interior and then by means of software, imprinted this Impulse Response (IR) live on a performance of Byzantine chant (a process called auralization). In collaboration with the foremost choir of Byzantine chant, Cappella Romana, the project has produced two concerts at Stanford's Bing Hall (2013, 2016) implementing live auralizations.  This talk presents the results of this research and charts new ground for our understanding of the spiritual phenomena activated by the singing human voice, reverberant interior, glittering gold mosaics, polished marble, and an invisible divine voice (the acousmetre). 

Bissera Pentcheva is the Millicent Mercer Johnsen Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Medieval Studies at the American Academy in Rome and Professor of Medieval Art in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.

The event 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.

Exhibition

NOW HERE IS NOWHERE: Six Artists From the American Academy in Rome

  • Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - 6:00pm
Italian Cultural Institute
New York City

NOW HERE IS NOWHERE: Six Artists From the American Academy in Rome  

Opening reception: 7 November 2017, 6:00pm
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue

Carl D'Alvia (2013 Fellow)
Jackie Saccoccio (2005 Fellow)
Nari Ward (2013 Fellow)
Giuseppe Stampone (2014 Italian Fellow)
Eugenio Tibaldi (2013 Italian Fellow)
Tomaso De Luca (2017 Italian Fellow)

The exhibition is produced in collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

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


 

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

Lecture

Richard Powell - Resurrection and Respiration: Two Sculptures by Edmonia Lewis and Francesco Pezzicar

  • Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Francesco Pezzicar, "Statue of 'The Freed Slave'," reproduced in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Historical Register of the Centennial Exposition, 1876"

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.

In the eyes of many art critics who attended the United States' 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – an international event of colossal proportions – two of most noteworthy and controversial art works on display were The Death of Cleopatra (1876) by the Rome-based African American sculptor Edmonia Lewis (c. 1844 – 1907) and The Abolition of Slavery (1873) by the Trieste-based Italian sculptor Francesco Pezzicar (1831 – 1890). While past and present commentaries have viewed the marble and bronze statues independently, and thematically and aesthetically distinct from one another, this talk offers more radical and interconnected interpretations of the two sculptures. Both were created on the Italian peninsula in an atmosphere of lingering doubts about the greater nationalist project that was then underway, and both rendered their respective subjects with an idiosyncratic corporeality that, in tandem with their inferred narratives about the end of slavery and nobility in death, broached more psychological and spiritual concerns. These historical and thematic correspondences argue for an inquiry unbound by stylistic categories or East/West binaries but, rather, considerations of the aesthetic sensibilities and synergies that developed within the post-Risorgimento artistic milieu.

Richard Powell is the James S. Ackerman Scholar-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome in fall 2017. He is Dean of the Humanities and the John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History at Duke University.

The event is organized in collaboration with the Rome Art History Network.

The lecture will be held in English. You can watch it 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.

Benefit

2017 Fall Gala Honoring Tony Kushner

  • Wednesday, 8 November 2017 - 7:00pm
The Seagram Building
New York

2017 Fall Gala Honoring Tony Kushner
Wednesday, 8 November 2017 - 7:00pm
The Seagram Building
New York


 

Board Chair Mary Margaret Jones (1998 Fellow)
President Mark Robbins (1997 Fellow)

Co-Chairs Suzanne Deal Booth, Mary E. Frank, John F.W. Rogers 

Honorary Chair: His Excellency Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States

invite you to Dinner and Dancing at the

AAR Fall Gala
Honoring TONY KUSHNER, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright

and celebrating Rome Prize Fellows

THE GRILL and THE POOL
The Seagram Building
99 E. 52nd Street
New York City

Wednesday, November 8

7:00pm Cocktails
7:45pm Dinner

Black Tie

For information, please contact Ariel Lembeck at 212-751-7200 x 351  or  a.lembeck@aarome.org 

 

 

SHOPTALKS

Leslie Cozzi - "A single syllable sets them apart": Agonism and Collaboration in the work of Mario and Marisa Merz

  • Monday, 13 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Mario Merz, Fibonacci Igloo, 1972. Metal structure with stuffed fabric, iron wire, and neon numbers. Private Collection, New York.

The shoptalk discusses the presence of agonism and collaboration in the work of Mario and Marisa Merz, two central protagonists of Arte Povera whose lives were so deeply entwined that the art critic Tomasso Trini mused, “a single syllable sets them apart.” Understanding agonism as a form of provocation that spurs mutual development, the discussion traces the growth, interaction, and mutual impact of several key bodies of work—in particular Marisa’s iconic 1966 Living Sculptures and Mario’s better-known igloos—as part of a productive conversation about scale and stature that unfolded both within and outside of their shared home studio space 

Leslie Cozzi is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies and Curatorial Associate at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

The event will be held in English.

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.

Lecture

Emmet Gowin - A Life in Photography

  • Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Emmet Gowin, Matera, 1980. Courtesy of Emmet Gowin and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York©Emmet Gowin.

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.

In this lecture, the renowned American photographer Emmet Gowin will discuss his art in the context of the Academy’s fall exhibition, Matera Imagined/Matera Immaginata: Photography of a Southern Italian Town.  Since the 1960s, when he first studied photography with Harry Callahan at the Rhode Island School of Design, Gowin has been celebrated for his intimate, deeply moving portraits of his wife and muse, Edith, and for his later landscapes and aerial photographs that highlight the impact of modernity on the natural world.  Matera Imagined features the arresting landscape he took of Matera’s unique urban layout during a family trip to the town in 1980.

Gowin was born in Danville, Virginia in 1941 and earned his BFA in Graphic Design from the Richmond Professional Institute and his MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has received many distinguished awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. His work is included in many museum collections including the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Maison Européene de la Photographie, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Tokyo Museum of Art.

The event will be held in English. On this occasion, the exhibition will be open from 5pm to 8pm.

EXHIBITION EVENTS

Inaugural Lecture
Dacia Maraini
12 October 2017
5:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

Exhibition Opening
12 October 2017
6:30pm-9pm, AAR Gallery

Curator Lecture
Lindsay Harris
Matera Imagined
16 October 2017
6:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

Conversation
Mario Cresco with Roberta Valtorta
Photography and Matera
21 November 2017
6:15pm, AAR Lecture Room

GALLERY HOURS

Thursday-Sunday, 4pm-7pm
12 October- 26 November 2017

The exhibition will also be open on 16 October, 14 November and 21 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.

Conversations/Conversazioni

NOW HERE IS NOWHERE

  • Thursday, 16 November 2017 - 6:30pm
Italian Cultural Institute
New York City

Please join us in New York City for a discussion among four of the six artists featured in the exhibition,  NOW HERE IS NOWHERE: Six Artists from the American Academy in Rome – Carl D’Alvia, Tomaso De Luca, Jackie Saccoccio, and Nari Ward.

CARL D’ALVIA (2013 Fellow)
Artist

TOMASO DE LUCA (2017 Italian Fellow)
Artist

JACKIE SACCOCCIO  (2005 Fellow)
Artist

NARI WARD (2013 Fellow)
Artis and Professor, Hunter College 

Moderated by:
VIVIEN GREENE (2004 Fellow)
Senior Curator, Guggenheim Museum

Thursday, November 16, 6:30pm
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue
New York, NY

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


 

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

Conversations/Conversazioni

THE WORLD IS OLD, HISTORY IS NEW

  • Saturday, 18 November 2017 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater
Chicago

THE WORLD IS OLD, HISTORY IS NEW
A National Trust PastForward(TM) Conference Special Event in Partnership with the Chicago Architectural Biennial
18 November 2017
9:00-11:30 AM
Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 Washington Street
Chicago, IL

Featuring:
Catherine Chin 
Professor, Univerity of California Davis  (2004 Fellow, 2014 Affiliated Fellow)
Eleanor Gorski
Deputy Commissioner of Planning, Design, and Historic Preservation, City of Chicago (2003 Fellow)
Dan Hurlin 
Theater and Puppet Artist, Sarah Lawrence College (2014 Fellow)
Thomas Kelley 
Partner, NormanKelley, LLC (2014 Fellow)
Thomas Leslie
Architectural Historian, Iowa State University (2014 Fellow)
Thompson Mayes 
Historic Preservationist, National Trust for Historic Preservation (2014 Fellow)
Catie Newell
Installation Artist and Architect, University of Michigan (2014 Fellow)
Catherine Wagner 
Artist and Professor, Mills College (2014 Fellow)

SHOPTALKS

Alison Hirsch and Aroussiak Gabrielian - Landscape Real-and-Imagined

  • Monday, 20 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Rather than passive and neutral scenery, our practice (foreground design agency) frames landscape as an active agent of culture and creativity. Our landscape inquiries probe the intermediary space of the real and the imagined, the situated and the speculative, realism and idealism, the physical and the representational. Rather than a problem-solution approach to design, therefore, our work thrives on this critical opening up - between theory and practice, between design and research, between fact and fiction, between past and present (and future). The shoptalk will present our working methods and projects.

Alison Hirsch and Aroussiak Gabrielian are the Prince Charitable Trusts/Rolland Rome Prize Fellows in Landscape Architecture and Co-founders of foreground design agency in Los Angeles, California.

Alison Hirsch is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the School of Architecture, University of Southern California.

Aroussiak Gabrielian is a Ph D candidate in Media Arts and Practice at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California.

The event 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.

Conversations/Conversazioni

Mario Cresci and Roberta Valtorta – Photography and Matera

  • Tuesday, 21 November 2017 - 6:15pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Mario Cresci, Rotazione, Matera, 1971. Courtesy of the Artist.

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.

A conversation between Mario Cresci, one of the most compelling artists in Italy to explore the contemporary world through photography, and Roberta Valtorta, Founder and former Director of the Museo di Fotografia Contemporane. Taking as its cue the two works by Cresci on view in the Academy’s fall exhibition, Matera Imagined/Matera Immaginata: Photography and a Southern Italian Town, the artist and curator will discuss Cresci’s art, photography as a language, and the key role photography has played in redefining Italian landscape from the 1970s to today.

The event will be held in Italian. You can watch it livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome. On this occasion, the exhibition will be open from 5pm to 8pm.

The 2017-18 Conversations/Conversazioni series is sponsored by The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

EXHIBITION EVENTS

Inaugural Lecture
Dacia Maraini
12 October 2017
5:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

Exhibition Opening
12 October 2017
6:30pm-9pm, AAR Gallery

Curator Lecture
Lindsay Harris
Matera Imagined
16 October 2017
6:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

Lecture
Emmet Gowin
A Life in Photography
14 November 2017
6:30pm, AAR Lecture Room

GALLERY HOURS

Thursday-Sunday, 4pm-7pm
12 October- 26 November 2017

The exhibition will also be open on 16 October, 14 November and 21 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.

SHOPTALKS

Brandon Clifford - On the Performance of Architecture in Three Acts – Practice, Perception, and Play

  • Monday, 27 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Brandon Clifford is in pursuit of new architectures that are born of ancient, dismissed, and derogatory concepts. He experiments with these abandoned ways of thinking in order to produce new paradigms; in turn, transforming the ways we think about the past and the future. But, this creative method is not predictable. It is full of pivots, dead-ends, and unexpected turns. Clifford will reflect on this ten-year experiment, undoing things we think we already know in favor of unknown potentials.

Brandon Clifford is the Founders Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture and Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The event 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.

SHOPTALKS

Alessandro Di Pietro - DESIGNING MONSTERS

  • Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Alessandro di Pietro's work focuses on processes of normalization and deviation from the standardized and the canonical. Drawing on linguistic structures and cinematic grammar, he generates new, evolving narratives in relation to suggestive environments.

Alessandro Di Pietro is the Cy Twombly Italian Fellow in Visual Arts. He lives and works in Milan.

The event 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.