June 2018


2018 McKim Medal Gala

  • Wednesday, 6 June 2018 - 7:30pm
Villa Aurelia

The American Academy in Rome honors Roberto Benigni and Sir Antonio Pappano.

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 support the American Academy in Rome’s efforts to foster interdisciplinary exchange among Italian and American artists and scholars within an exceptional global community. The Fellowship program enables talented Italians and Americans to pursue their work in an intellectually stimulating environment, and to contribute to evolving international discourse and interdisciplinary exchange through their participation in Academy programs such as concerts, lectures, readings, and exhibitions.

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


Roberto Benigni, actor and film director
Sir Antonio Pappano, conductor and music director

Dinner Chair

Maite Bulgari

Dinner Co-Chair

Federica Tittarelli Cerasi

Honorary Dinner Chairs

Mrs. Lewis M. Eisenberg
Ginevra Elkann Gaetani

Founding Dinner Chair

Verdella Caracciolo de Benedictis

Dinner Committee

Alessia Antinori
Raffaella Banchero
Mercedes T. Bass
Gabriella Bassatne
Thomas Blount
Beatrice Bulgari
Marella Caracciolo Chia
Inga Clausing
Suzanne Deal Booth
Elisabetta Di Amato
Elena Di Giovanni
Andrea Donzelli
Paola Gaetani d’Aragona
Francesco Gianni
Eugenio Grippo
Ludovica Gubitosi
Francesca Leone
Pepi Marchetti Franchi
Alessia Margiotta Broglio
Nancy Novogrod
Martine Orsini
Mirella Petteni Haggiag
Marie-Louise Sciò
Paola Severino
Susan Singer
Ines Torlonia Theodoli Clarke
Soledad Twombly
Maria Teresa Venturini Fendi

Corporate Patron

Moncler SpA

Corporate Supporters

Credit Suisse
Digital Economy Ventures
Fondazione Carla Fendi
Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli Partners
Green Arrow Capital
Grimaldi Studio Legale
Maire Tecnimont SpA



The Living Art of the Past - Beat Brenk

  • Friday, 22 June 2018 - 5:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

This series of seminars presents the work of established and young scholars of medieval art in Italy, fostering conversations about the new research directions in the field and exploring the ways in which this art of the past lives and has resonance in the present. The seminars also aim to cultivate relationships between the AAR fellows and scholars from across the national academies and universities in Rome. Each session will feature a talk, Q&A and a discussion of a short pre-circulated paper.

The seminars are organized by AAR Fellows Bissera V. Pentcheva, Anna Majeski, and Joseph Williams. Please email to RSVP and for the distribution of short readings.

All seminars take place at 5pm in the AAR lecture room. The seminars will be held in English.

April 6
Professor Valentino Pace, emeritus, Università degli Studi di Udine
Issues in the Art Historical Research of Medieval Southern Italy

May 25
Professor Tanja Michalsky, Executive Director of the Biblioteca Hertziana
Mapping Italy – from Paolino Minorita to Flavio Biondo

June 22
Professor Beat Brenk, emeritus, Universität Basel and La Sapienza
The Cappella Palatina in Palermo

This project 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.