Events

Calendar

January 2017

Lecture

Daniele Bianconi - A Greek Paleographer's Struggle with the Identification of Greek Scripts

  • Thursday, 12 January 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Marc. gr. IV.1, f. 226v.

The palaeographical method is based on the formal comparison between scripts in order to propose dates and localizations for written records which are lacking such data. The deeper and the more systematic the critical reflection about the elements of graphical evaluation to be examined, the more reliable and objective the proposals will be. An essential element of this method is a sort of innate talent, which cannot be communicated or mediated, the so-called ‘paleographical eye’, that is to say the skill to identify particular handwritings. In this case, paleography becomes an expertise focusing on personal quirks, individual ‘tics’, para- and extra-graphical elements, which allow the palaeographer to distinguish one handwriting from the other. The identification of handwritings is not only a scholarly and virtuosic performace. In fact, it can have great implications for the history of texts, cultures, and societies. This is what we will try to demonstrate with some concrete examples of Greek handwritings ranging from the middle Byzantine period to the Western Renaissance and belonging to refined scholars, pious monks and greedy scribes.

Daniele Bianconi teaches at La Sapienza Università di Roma. 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.

Conversations/Conversazioni

Amy Sillman - Drawing in the Continuous Present

  • Friday, 13 January 2017 - 7:00pm
The Menil Collection, Main Building, 1533 Sul Ross Street
Houston

Drawing in the Continuous Present
AMY SILLMAN  (2015 Resident)
Artist, Brooklyn, NY
Friday, 13 January 2017, 7:00pm
The Menil Collection, Main Building, 1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, Texas 77006

Please join us in Houston, Texas for a presentation by Amy Sillman entitled Drawing in the Continuous Present. This talk has been organized in collaboration with the Menil Drawing Institute and is part of their series Draw In: Conversations and Lectures On Drawing and Its Resonances

Amy Sillman was the 2015 Mary Miss Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. She has been the subject of two major solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Her work is held in the collections of the Menil Drawing Institute; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.

Ms. Sillman will be introduced by Toby Kamps, the Menil’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Mark Robbins, AAR President, will also be on hand to provide some remarks before Ms. Sillman’s lecture.

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

RSVP ONLINE

For additional information, please contact Shawn Miller at: s.miller@aarome.org or 212-751-7200 x344. Support for Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome is provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

SHOPTALKS

Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem - Can you Believe the Weather We are Having?

  • Monday, 16 January 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

The crisis of climate change is not simply an environmental project; it is also a cultural project that requires all of the resources of cross-disciplinary design thinking. Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem, co-directors of MODU, argue that the undeniable truth of climate change can learn from weather itself—requiring design strategies that are varied, differentiated, mediated, and adaptive. All of these challenges and opportunities can be “read” every day in the weather report.

Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem are the Founders Rome Prize Fellows in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. Phu Hoang is Director of MODU, New York, and Assistant Professor Adjunct in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, New York. Rachley Rotem is Director of MODU, New York.

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.

Lecture

Mons. Paul Canart - Is Paleography an Art or a Science?

  • Tuesday, 17 January 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Vat.gr.2200, p.105.

Current progress in the techniques of observation, definition and comparison of scripts leads us to ask ourselves the question: is palaeography now only a science or does it still retain an "artistic" aspect? After defining what is meant by writing, art and science, we shall endeavor, with the help of examples taken from the Greek domain, to highlight recent advances in paleography as a science, but also those aspects of an art which it still preserves.

Mgr. Paul Canart is at the Vatican Library. The lecture will be given in French with consecutive translation into 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.

FACING FORWARD

  • Friday, 20 January 2017 - 6:00pm to 11:45pm
McKim, Mead & White Building
Rome

Janus, whose image forms the traditional symbol of the American Academy, is the ancient Roman god of gates, thresholds and transitions. Today, at a moment of fear and foreboding in the United States and in the world, the double-faced iconography of Janus seems particularly relevant. It reminds us to look back into the past and ahead into the future, but also to deliberate what confronts us in the here and now.

In opposition to the fear-filled rhetoric of the incoming administration, the American Academy in Rome Fellows of 2017 seek to make a clear statement about who we are and what we do. Coinciding with Inauguration Day on January 20, we will screen a medley of texts, images, music, and other media that represent what we value as a community and likewise the value of our work in the arts and humanities. Contributors received a set of prompts: What questions motivate your work? How does your work allow you to see and connect with others? And, more broadly, what makes us human?

The screening will be on loop from 6pm to midnight and projected on the entrance facade of the McKim, Mead, and White building, the face of the Academy onto Rome. Additionally, as a symbol of opposition to a rhetoric defined by borders, walls, and exclusion, the large main gate on Via Angelo Masina will be opened wide for the entire day.

SHOPTALKS

Milena Belloni - Cosmologies of Destinations: A New Reading of the Refugee "Crisis"

  • Monday, 23 January 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Building on a multi-sited ethnography of Eritrean migration conducted across Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan and Italy, the talk aims to provide a critical interpretation of the current refugee "crisis" in Europe. While analyzing migrants' imagination, widespread moralities and mobility practices, the talk suggests that a more realistic understanding of the contemporary scenario is possible only by overcoming the paradigms of crisis, emergency and exception informing the current debate.

Milena Belloni is the Italian Fellow in Modern/Contemporary Italian Studies at the American Academy in Rome.

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

Giuseppe Sergi - Italian Song, Jazz and Fascism: Clout and Contradictions

  • Wednesday, 25 January 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

In the historiographical accounts of Italian song between the world wars, the impact of American jazz emerges as an important factor beyond the Italian national context. If we consider the complicated discourse of race and racial purity that was part of Italian nationalism of the period, the influence of American jazz, which is grounded in African American culture, is surprising to say the least, if not contradictory. Through the investigation of period magazines and sound documents, which display the controversial relationship between the Fascist regime and foreign music, this talk presents a study that investigates the connection of stylistic and cultural-historical data with new musical analysis of the most prominent recordings of the interwar years.

Giuseppe Sergi is the Franco Zeffirelli Italian Fellow in Musicology at the American Academy in Rome. 

The shoptalk will be given 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

Jonathan Berger - clouded silence: music, space and transience

  • Monday, 30 January 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Left: SS Patricia, 1906. Photograph by Levick. Right: Satellite photograph, 2007, NASA.

In this talk, Jonathan Berger will describe his current efforts to express the fragility and ephemerality of life through an awareness of the interplay of sound and space.

Jonathan Berger is the Elliott Carter Rome Prize Fellow in Musical Composition at the American Academy in Rome and the Denning Family Provostial Professor in the Department of Music at Stanford University, 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.