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May 2017

Lecture

Michael McCormick - The Fall of the Roman Empire: How Should We Study it in the 21st Century?

  • Tuesday, 2 May 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

In this lecture, Michael McCormick will revisit the Fall of the Roman Empire using twenty-first century methods and tools, including biomolecular archaeology, paleoclimate science, and other digital applications that offer new insight into humanistic inquiry of the ancient past.

Michael McCormick is the Lester K. Little Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the spring of 2017 and Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History in the History Department at Harvard University.

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

This event is organized in collaboration with Incontri Tardoantichi a Roma (ITAR).

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

Conversations – Liquid Architecture

  • Tuesday, 2 May 2017 - 7:00pm
Depart Foundation Art Gallery
Los Angeles

Join AAR as we convene an interdisciplinary discussion on the role of structures and spaces for cultural and performance use. 

Christopher Hawthorne
Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times (2016 Resident)
Mark Lee & Sharon Johnston 
Founding Partners, Johnston Marklee (2017 Residents)
Andrew Norman
Assistant Professor of Composition, Thornton School of Music,
University of Southern California (2007 Fellow)

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 7:00pm
Depart Foundation Art Gallery
9105 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles

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

RSVP ONLINE

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.

Tour

Open House Roma

  • Sunday, 7 May 2017 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
McKim, Mead & White Building
Rome

The American Academy in Rome will be participating in the 6th edition of Open House Roma and will offer guided tours in Italian of the McKim, Mead, & White Building, including the Cortile, Salone, Billiards Room, Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library, and Bass Garden.  

Tours are free of charge and registration is required.  
The registration site will open on April 26th 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

David Reinfurt - ". . . meet the Tetracono"*

  • Monday, 8 May 2017 - 6:30pm
Studio 253

In 1965, Italian artist and designer Bruno Munari released the Tetracono with an event and exhibition at the Danese Milano showroom, inviting spectators to ". . . meet the Tetracono" as if it was a person. Instead Tetracono is a product, an austere 15-cm black steel cube housing four aluminum cones, each painted half-red and half-green, designed to spin at four distinct speeds on an 18-minute cycle. Its function is to “show forms while they are in the process of becoming.” Taking the form of a product launch or software demo, David Reinfurt will informally present his work over the last four months at the American Academy reanimating this strange product-artwork and will address the fertile grey areas between art and design and how this territory has shifted in the meantime.

David Reinfurt is the Mark Hampton Rome Prize Fellow in Design at the American Academy in Rome and Lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts at Princeton University.

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.

SHOPTALKS

Kristi Cheramie - UNTITLED: inhabiting lost worlds

  • Wednesday, 10 May 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

If the urban landscape is a network of politics, material, and data continuously formatting new potentials and trajectories, it is also a landfill of forgotten spaces, unwanted histories and elusive worlds. Efforts to progress are inevitably accompanied by equally enthusiastic attempts to erase the ill-fitting remnants of a city’s spatial history. This talk will make a case for design as a tool for revisiting—and recovering— the sparsely recorded phases of our urban histories. Positioned at the slippage between documented truths, unfinished business and mythic tales, this lecture will explore the role of hybrid representation techniques to dissolve obvious markers of past and present, fact and fiction, exposing our quixotic desire for permanence in the face of constant change.

Kristi Cheramie is the Prince Charitable Trusts/ Kate Lancaster Brewster Rome Prize Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at The Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University.

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.

SHOPTALKS

Yasmin Vobis - Color Space

  • Monday, 15 May 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Point Cloud model of the Basilica di San Vitale in Ravenna.

Yasmin Vobis will present recent built work by her office Ultramoderne in conjunction with ongoing research in Rome, which focuses on the underexplored problem of color and tonality in architecture. Her research probes how systems of color interact with modernist preoccupations such as space, structure and organization, and explores ways of drawing color and space simultaneously. 

Yasmin Vobis is the Founders/Arnold W. Brunner/Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. She is Principal at Ultramoderne and Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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.

Exhibition Opening

Alfabeto fotografico Romano

  • Tuesday, 16 May 2017 - 4:30pm
Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica
Rome

Opening reception: Tuesday, May 16th, 4:30pm
Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica
Palazzo Poli, Via Poli, 54 - Rome
From May 16 to July 02, 2017 

The exhibition will show photographs from various institutions across Rome including Soprintendenze, museums, Italian and foreign institutions and the Vatican Museums. The Photographic Archive of the American Academy in Rome will be contributing to the exhibition Alfabeto Fotografico Romano with original photographic prints from the Parker collection (1866-1879), the Van Deman collection (1898-1930), the Beato collection (1860-1962), the Detweiler collection (1930-1939), the Masson collection (1950-1965) and the Fototeca Unione collection (1957-).

Lecture

Charles Ray - Contemporary Sculpture from the Past

  • Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome
Courtesy Charles Ray Studio.

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

In two public lectures preceding the opening of the exhibition of his new work (one on May 17 and one on May 18 immediately preceding the exhibition openinng), Charles Ray, who was been redefining the possibilities of contemporary sculptural practice since the early 1980s, will discuss his innovative approach to sculpture informed by his close looking at the art of the past. Charles Ray is the Deenie Yudell Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the spring of 2017. The lectures will be held in English.

17 May 2017
6pm - Lecture by Charles Ray
Contemporary Sculpture from the Past
Villa Aurelia, Porta San Pancrazio, 1

18 May 2017 
6pm - Lecture by Charles Ray
The Work of Charles Ray
AAR Lecture Room - Via Angelo Masina, 5

6:30pm-9pm - Exhibition opening
Charles Ray, Mountain Lion Attacking a Dog
AAR Gallery

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

Exhibition opening hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 7pm until 2 July 2017.

The lectures and exhibition are made possible by the Syde Hurdus Foundation.

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 and Exhibition

Charles Ray, Mountain Lion Attacking a Dog

  • Thursday, 18 May 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AAR Lecture Room and Gallery
Charles Ray, Shoe Tie, 2012, fiberglass pattern. Photograph by Josh White © Charles Ray. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

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

In the second of two public lectures, Charles Ray continues his discussion of his work. Immediately following the lecture, the opening of the exhibition, Charles Ray, Mountain Lion Attacking a Dog, will take place in the AAR Gallery. 

In the spirit of Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad (1869), in which America’s mythologies about itself are brought into relief in a direct encounter with Europe, the American Academy in Rome has invited Charles Ray to develop a new work exploring the theme of  ‘American Classics.’ This work will have its debut as part of a two-day program featuring Ray, one of the most celebrated contemporary artists working in the United States, interrogating the enduring currency in the contemporary world of cultural practices inherited from antiquity.

In Mountain Lion Attacking a Dog, Ray plays with the conventions that have defined the canons of classical sculpture. In this case, he revisits the famous Hellenistic sculptural group Lion Attacking a Horse (Greek, 325-300 B.C.; restored in Rome in 1594) from the Capitoline Museums, converting the naturalistic scene of primal violence, among the most storied works of art to survive from antiquity, into a typically American vernacular. In Ray’s hands, the animal group in the Capitoline, an icon of Rome much admired by Michelangelo Buonarroti, is transposed to an American wilderness increasingly encroached upon and compromised by urban sprawl. For many years, Ray has hiked in the Santa Monica Mountains, a coastal range in Southern California bound by major traffic arteries and some of the most densely settled areas of the United States. The mountains host a variety of wildlife, including a dwindling population of Mountain lions, a vestige of the storied American frontier, struggling to survive in a habitat too isolated and too small to sustain it. Charles Ray is the Deenie Yudell Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the spring of 2017.

In two public lectures preceding the opening of the exhibition, Ray will discuss his approach to sculpture exploring American myths informed by his close looking at the art of the past. The lectures will be held in English.

17 May 2017
6pm - Lecture by Charles Ray
Contemporary Sculpture from the Past
Villa Aurelia, Porta San Pancrazio, 1

18 May 2017 
6pm - Lecture by Charles Ray
The Work of Charles Ray
AAR Lecture Room

6:30pm-9pm - Exhibition opening
Charles Ray, Mountain Lion Attacking a Dog
AAR Gallery

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

Exhibition opening hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 7pm until 2 July 2017.

The lectures and exhibition are made possible by the Syde Hurdus Foundation.

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

Ann Hamilton

  • Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome
Ann Hamilton, "the event of a thread," 2012-2013, multi-media installation, commissioned by the Park Avenue Armory, New York. Photograph by Thibault Jeanson. Courtesy Ann Hamilton Studio.

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

Ann Hamilton, a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surround of her large-scale multi-media installations, investigates the places and forms underpinning live, tactile, visceral and face-to-face experiences in a media saturated world. Her work responds to the architecture and social history of specific sites, often centering on the ephemeral acts of reading, speaking and listening. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Hamilton is the Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University, where she has served on the faculty since 2001. She represented the United States at the 1991 Sao Paulo Bienal and at the 1999 Venice Biennale, and has exhibited extensively around the world.

In this talk, Hamilton will discuss a selection of projects, with special focus on her text concordances in works such as stylus (2010) and in recent photographs.

Ann Hamilton is the Roy Lichtenstein Artist 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.

Symposium and Concert

The Last Exile of History: Rethinking Colonialism and Migration in Italy

  • Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 3:00pm to 8:00pm
AAR Lecture Room and Courtyard

Italian colonialism's past history seems buried in dusty archives and rarely addressed in political and public arenas. In spite of efforts to keep these issues in the collective consciousness, colonialism and its legacies are systematically removed from the public eye. By bringing together leading scholars, artists, and migrants dealing with Italian colonial and postcolonial society, we hope to promote awareness of the heritage of a colonial past and its links with the present through recuperation of stories and sounds. Combining scholarship and art, we hope to explore the consequences of collective memory loss and to raise consciousness of contemporary issues of migration and national identity.

3pm - Introduction to and screening of the film La quarta via
Kaha Mohammed Aden
 
4pm - Presentations
Milena Belloni - Migration/Diaspora - The Italian Exception: Contemporary Migration from Eritrea through Italy
Sabrina Marchetti - The Girls From Asmara. Domestic Labour and Postcoloniality in the Narratives of Eritrean Women in Italy
Alessandro Triulzi - African Immigration and the Resurfacing of the Colonial Question in Italy

5:30pm - Concert
Traditional music from Kurdistan by master musician Abdurrahman Ozel, "Mamosta” from the  Ararat Cultureal Center and by Dunia

For the full program, please consult https://ccrma.stanford.edu/~brg/aar

The event is organzied in collboration with the Archivio Memorie Migranti. It is made possible by the Fellows Project Fund of the American Academy in Rome.

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.