June 2017


Fellows' Concert

  • Tuesday, 6 June 2017 - 6:30pm
Villa Aurelia

The concert features music by Rome Prize Fellows in Musical Composition Jonathan Berger and Christopher Trapani. Performances by the Spektral Quartet and Max Bruckert.

The concert is made possible by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

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.


  • Wednesday, 7 June 2017 - 8:00pm
Villa Aurelia

The American Academy in Rome honors Giuseppe PenoneDante Ferretti & Francesca Lo Schiavo.

The McKim Medal Gala in Rome honors individuals whose work internationally – especially in Italy and in the United States – has contributed significantly to the arts and humanities, and whose life exemplifies creative and intellectual exchange across the arts, scholarship, language, and culture. Proceeds from the evening support Academy programs and fellowships for Italian artists and scholars, providing them with important opportunities to pursue their individual studies, to participate in and contribute to international discourse in their fields and disciplines, and to gain experience that will be invaluable throughout their careers.



For information please contact Inga Clausing at +39 06-5846-474, or write to

Dante Ferretti & Francesca Lo Schiavo, Production Designer and Set Decorator
Giuseppe Penone, Artist

Dinner Chair
Ginevra Elkann Gaetani

Honorary Dinner Chair
Valentina Moncada di Paternò

Founding Dinner Chair
Verdella Caracciolo de Benedictis

Dinner Committee
Alessia Antinori
Thomas Blount
Maria Bonmassar
Cornelia Brandolini d’Adda
Beatrice Bulgari
Mario Calvo-Platero
Marella Caracciolo Chia
Inga Clausing
Suzanne Deal Booth
Elena Di Giovanni
Emanuela di Lorenzo
Andrea Donzelli
Paola Gaetani d’Aragona
Francesco Gianni
Valeria Giuliani
Eugenio Grippo
Margherita Maccapani Missoni
Pepi Marchetti Franchi
Alessia Margiotta Broglio
Emanuele Mascioni
Martina Mondadori Sartogo
Antonio Monfreda
Deborah Needleman
Nancy Novogrod
Martine Orsini
Mirella Petteni Haggiag
Fabio Salini
Marie-Louise Sciò
Guido Torlonia
Ines Torlonia Theodoli Clarke
Soledad Twombly

Presenting Sponsor
TIffany & Co. Italia

Corporate Patron

Corporate Supporters
Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli
Credit Suisse
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners
Tommy Hilfiger

Open Studios and Reading

Fellows' Open Studios and Reading

  • Thursday, 8 June 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
McKim, Mead & White Building

Open Studios offer the public an opportunity to see the studios of the current Rome Prize Fellows and Italian Fellows in the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, and Visual Arts and attend a reading by the Rome Prize Fellows and Italian Fellow in Literature.

Participants in the Open Studios are: Robert Hutchison, Yasmin Vobis, Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem in Architecture; Kyle deCamp and David Reinfurt in Design; Gregory Bailey and Stella Nair in Historic Preservation and Conservation; Kristi Cheramie and Annalisa Metta in Landscape Architecture; and E.V. Day, Tomaso De Luca, Nicole Miller, Michael Queenland and Enrico Riley in Visual Arts. 

The reading, given by Andrea Bajani, Jack Livings and Matthew Null will take place at 7pm in the lecture room.

Additionally, the exhibition Charles Ray, Mountain Lion Attacking a Dog will be open. 

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.


Jason Moran - STAGED

  • Wednesday, 21 June 2017 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Jason Moran, "STAGED: Savoy Ballroom 1, 2015". Installed at La Biennale di Venezia, 2015. Photo credit: Roberto Marossi.

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

As part of the ongoing series of events exploring "American Classics", celebrated musician, composer and artist Jason Moran will discuss his ongoing investigations into the spaces inhabited by Jazz performance and the residue it leaves behind. His recent exhibition STAGED, including works shown at the Venice Biennale in 2015, recreated architectural elements associated with historic Jazz venues in New York from the 1940s and 1950s, such as the Savoy Ballroom and the Three Deuces, that no longer exist. For Moran, Jazz is an exuberant art form, part of the living lore of the city, and an embodiment of the restlessness characterizing American society in recent years. His multivalent works examine the highly-charged intersections between music, art and social history.

Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010, Moran, an electrifying Jazz performer, is the Artistic Director for Jazz and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He currently teaches at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Recently, he has created his own recording label, Yes Records, and launched a new magazine, LOOP, dedicated to different aspects of Jazz culture. In the spring of 2018, Moran will have his first solo museum exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Jason Moran holds the Elliott Carter Memorial Residency at the American Academy in Rome for the summer 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.



  • Wednesday, 21 June 2017 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia

Jason Moran
Composer (2017 Resident)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:00pm
American Academy in Rome (Villa Aurelia)


Poena aut venia? Attitudes towards emigration in Rome and Byzantium

  • Friday, 23 June 2017 - 9:30am to 6:45pm
AAR Lecture Room
The Omen of the Flames. Folio 22, recto Vergilius Vaticanus

The incoming mobility has long been central for both migration research and actual politics. The conference will propose to shift the traditional focus of attention from immigration to emigration and explore the phenomenon of “against-the-stream” movement of people in Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

This outgoing mobility could provoke different reactions of the governments of sending countries. Examples range from preventing emigration through exit control and associating it with treason, through persecution of returnees and captives, to — on the contrary — encouraging emigration and exploiting the loyalty of emigrants in the interests of their home state. Scrutiny of acts of emigration and of the state responses to such acts reveals the degree of individual freedom of movement and of decision making. Another important issue is the way acts of leaving shaped the opinions of those who stayed. The conference will examine the impact of emigration on the communities in sending societies. It will also aim to study the range of public attitudes to emigration in order to offer a new view on cohesion in — and on the points of disruption of — the society. A research dialogue on the topic will contribute to bridging a substantial gap in scholarship, fostering a collective reflection on the subject of migration as a process of leaving.

Speakers: Nancy Green, Peter Heather, Julia Hillner, Arnaldo Marcone, Mischa Meier, Filippo Ronconi, Vera von Falkenhausen.

The conference is organized by Ekaterina Nechaeva (EURIAS Fellow, Collegium Helveticum) with financial and logistic support from the Collegium Helveticum and the American Academy in Rome.

The conference in Rome will be preceded by an introductory meeting with a more broad historical focus ‘Attitudes towards Emigration in Antiquity and Middle Ages’, that will take place in Zurich, on Friday, 26 May, 2017.