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April 2017

SHOPTALKS

Sophie Waters - Ars Fingendi: Architectural Decoration and Variation in Republican Italy

  • Monday, 3 April 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Before the widespread use of Luna marble beginning in the 1st century BCE, Italic architectural decoration was dominated by brightly painted terracotta sculpture.  This body of material has been surprisingly neglected in scholarship on Republican art, but has much to tell us about the visual culture of towns, as well as how individuals and communities chose to represent themselves.  This paper uses architectural terracottas to examine the network of contacts and interactions between central-Italic sites during the mid-to-late Republic.  It asks not only which types were widespread and which unique to individual towns/regions, but why this range exists, and what the choice of one decorative type over another might signify to artisans, commissioners, or viewers.  By examining these choices, we can begin to better understand how towns and communities chose to represent themselves in relation to their neighbors and to Rome.

Sophie Waters is the Irene Rosenzweig / Lily Auchincloss / Samuel H. Kress Foundation Rome Prize Fellows in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World at the University of Pennsylvania.

The shoptalk 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.

Performance

Finissage - Cinque Mostre

  • Tuesday, 4 April 2017 - 7:00pm
AAR Gallery and Lecture Room

As part of the Cinque Mostre finissage, at 7pm in the lecture room there will be a performance of The Sicilian Vespers and the Tunisian Matins, a project by Lisa Baker, Jonathan Berger, Caroline Cheung, Leon Grek, Hussein Fancy, Ryan Matos, Enrico Riley and the Accettella Teatro - Mongiovino. The performance is made possible by the Fellows’ Project Fund of the American Academy in Rome.

On Tuesday 4 April the exhibition will be open from 6pm to 8:30pm.

The exhibition is made possible by the Adele Chatfield-Taylor and John Guare Fund for the Arts.

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

Jenny Kreiger - Workshoptalk on a Dissertation and Its Future Lives

  • Monday, 10 April 2017 - 6:30pm
Studio 309
Rome

This interactive “talk” takes the form of a studio visit where, rather than display the objects I study, I display the process of making my dissertation. Over the course of four years of dissertation writing, seven years of graduate school, and eleven years of research in my field, I have written hundreds of pages, taken thousands of photographs, built databases, drawn illustrations, graphed networks, catalogued inscriptions, visited archives and museums, learned to paint fresco and chisel marble, and crawled into a lot of tombs, all to tell a story about how manual laborers contribute to cultural change. Where do I take my research from here? Focusing on the methods of research and writing more than on the products, I ask the audience to help me envision new directions for my work on funerary labor in late antiquity.

Jenny Kreiger is the Emeline Hill Richardson/Samuel H. Kress Foundation/Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship of the Archaeological Institute of America Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan.

The shoptalk 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

Richard Gluckman - Space Framed

  • Tuesday, 11 April 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
The Rotunda’ at the Penn Museum: Study for Illumination and Acoustic Mitigation

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

As part of the American Academy’s ongoing series of events exploring “American Classics,” celebrated architect Richard Gluckman will discuss the work of his firm as it is represented by interventions into historic structures, from the first project for the dia art foundation, 524 w 24th street in 1985, to current work at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, constructed between 1895 and 1915. Projects included will range from the proposed plan for a museum in Sevilla’s ‘Atarazanas’, a ship building factory from the 13th century, to the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Perelman Wing.

Gluckman will discuss Reyner Banham’s notion of the origin of modern architecture from late 19th to early 20th century American industrial architecture as posited in  ‘Concrete Atlantis’ with regard to the ‘Daylight Factory’ of Henry Ford’s River Rouge plant from 1917. This building type was re-invigorated in the 1980’s when its usefulness as a venue for large scale, site-specific work was exploited.

Richard Gluckman is the William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the spring of 2017 and Principal at Gluckman Tang Architects in New York.

The lecture 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.

Concert

Concert

  • Wednesday, 12 April 2017 - 8:30pm
Fondazione Isabella Scelsi Via San Teodoro 8

Tesseræ (2017) by Christopher Trapani is a work for viola d'amore and electronics that draws inspiration from the lyra and kemençe music of Crete and Istanbul. Grounded in a modal tradition, small fragments of microtonal scales are used to assemble long expressive lines with a nearly vocal quality. Alongsisde the live instrument, the electronics provide virtual resonances (mimicking the viola d’amore’s sympathetic strings) and canonic echoes that transform the sounds into a multifaceted acoustic space. 

Tesseræ has benefitted from a rare close collaboration between performer and composer, studying the minutiae of ornamentation and the gestures of traditional players, as well as the use of sympathetic strings. This collaborative process was made possible by the Fellow's Project Fund of the American Academy in Rome, where Mr. Trapani is currently in residence as a winner of the 2016-17 Luciano Berio Rome Prize in Musical Composition.

Equilibrio. Cerchio, which receives is first Italian performance in this program, is a work for solo violin by Pierluigi Billone, composed in 2014. The rituality embedded in the score loosely connects with the choral singing of the traditional tibetan music; the violin takes charge as well of the percussive punctuation of the vocal strophes, echoing the traditional cymbals and drums often used in those rituals.

The  diptych L'Âme Ailée / L'Âme Ouverte (1973)  is one of the most icastic works by Giacinto Scelsi, where the composer explores the sound "inside of the note”, navigating through micro intervals and beating in order to connect the listeners with the true essence of sound, as if it were perceived one step before it becomes music.
“Le note, le note non sono che dei rivestimenti, degli abiti […]. Bisogna arrivare al cuore del suono: solo aloora si è musicisti, altrimenti si è solo artigiani.”

SHOPTALKS

Robert Hutchison

  • Wednesday, 19 April 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Hole House #1, Project by Robert Hutchison & Tom Maul, Seattle, 2005

Robert Hutchison will give a general overview of his architectural practice, with specific attention placed on his installation and conceptual work from past to present.

Robert Hutchinson is the Arnold W. Brunner Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. He is Principal at Robert Hutchinson Architecture and Affilliate Assistant Professor in the Depratment of Architecture at the Universoty of Washington.

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.

SHOPTALKS

Jessica Marglin - A Mediterranean Inheritance: Litigating Identity between Tunisia and Italy, 1873-1883

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Nissim Shamama, a Tunisian Jew, passed away in Livorno in 1873: he left an enormous estate and no direct heirs.  The result was a legal battle that dragged on for over a decade in Italian courts.  Lawyers, Tunisian officials, rabbis, and distant relatives from across the Mediterranean converged in Livorno, where they engaged in a fierce debate over nationality, identity, and sovereignty.  At the crossroads of Italian law, Tunisian law, Islamic law, Jewish law, and international law, the cause célèbre of Shamama’s inheritance tells a story about the Mediterranean on the cusp of a new world order.

Jessica Marglin is the National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies at the American Academy in Rome and Assistant Professsor of Religion in the School of Religion at the University of Southern California. 

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.

Conversations/Conversazioni

Arthur & Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony

  • Thursday, 20 April 2017 - 6:30pm
The Morgan Library & Museum
New York City

Teresita Fernandez
Visual Artist (2018 Resident, 1999 Affiliated Fellow)
Mark Robbins
AAR President (1997 Fellow)

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 6:30pm
Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue

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

RSVP ONLINE

You can watch this event live at: https://livestream.com/aarome

For further information, please contact Shawn Miller at  212-751-7200 ext. 344 or s.miller@aarome.org

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

SHOPTALKS

Stella Nair - Rome in the Andes, Italy in the Americas: A Conversation on Architectural and Cultural Entanglements in the Early Modern World

  • Wednesday, 26 April 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

From sixteenth century writers' use of Ancient Roman precedents to describe Inca architecture, to Pope Francis’s 2017 declaration that Native Americas have rights to their ancestral lands, the Italian peninsula and the (Native) Americas have a long history of architectural and cultural entanglement. In this informal lecture, Nair will discuss her architectural research as well as issues that have arisen during her stay in Rome, such as Columbus, transatlantic exchange, and historic preservation practices.

Stella Nair is the Charles K. Williams II Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation and Conservation at the American Academy in Rome and Associate Professor in the Department of Art History-Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The shoptalk 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

Susan Meiselas - Prince Street Girls Revisited

  • Thursday, 27 April 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Pebbles, JoJo and Roe on Baxter Street, 1978, Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos

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

In this lecture, award-winning photographer Susan Meiselas will discuss her reconsideration of a photographic series she produced in the late 1970s, Prince Street Girls. As Meiselas explains:

In 1975, nearly thirty-five years ago, I was riding a bicycle through my neighborhood in Little Italy when suddenly a blast of light flashed into my eyes, blinding me for a moment. Its source was a group of girls fooling around with a mirror trying to reflect the sun on my face. That was the day I met the Prince Street Girls, the name I gave the group that hung out on the nearby corner almost every day. The girls were from small Italian-American families and they were almost all related. I was the stranger who didn’t belong. Little Italy was mostly for Italians then.

The project Prince Street Girls began as a series of incidental encounters. They’d see me coming and call out, “Take a picture! Take a picture!” At the beginning I was making pictures just to share with them. If we met in the market or at the pizza parlor, they would reluctantly introduce me to their parents but I was never invited into any of their homes. I was their secret friend, and my loft became a kind of hideaway when they dared to cross the street, which their parents had forbidden.

One of the Prince Street Girls, Pebbles, moved from New York to Naples and now has a number of grandchildren. She is the starting point of my revisiting the Prince Street Girls.

Susan Meiselas is the Henry Wolf Photographer in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the spring of 2017.

The lecture 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.