Events

Series

2017 - 2018 New Works in the Arts and Humanities

East and West

In the realm of ideas, the notion of a culture clash between East and West gained force with the publication of Edward Said’s “Orientalism” in 1978. In an argument that has provoked debate ever since, Said proposed that European intellectuals constructed an image of the Islamic East as a foil for enlightened Western values. Post 9/11 conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, seismic demographic and cultural shifts in Europe, not to mention anxieties in the United States, have refocused attention on Said’s divisive paradigm.

In a series of public events at the American Academy in Rome - uniquely situated in the center of the Mediterranean - international scholars and artists will examine the apparatus inherited from Said and his critics, including Said’s own later revisions to his theory, exploring new methodological avenues for unpacking both misunderstandings and exchanges between the East and West. Recent events encourage us to find new ways to frame the complex relationship between the rapidly changing Middle East  and the rest of the globe, especially with regard to a range of contested ideas, customs, objects and sites.

Lecture

William Jordan – King Louis IX’s Other Converts

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Lecture

William Jordan – King Louis IX’s Other Converts

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Inaugural Lecture

Dacia Maraini

Thursday, 12 October 2017 - 5:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Inaugural Lecture

Dacia Maraini

Thursday, 12 October 2017 - 5:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Exhibition Opening

Matera Imagined/Matera Immaginata: Photography and a Southern Italian Town

Thursday, 12 October 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
AAR Gallery
Rome
Exhibition Opening

Matera Imagined/Matera Immaginata: Photography and a Southern Italian Town

Thursday, 12 October 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
AAR Gallery
Rome
SHOPTALKS

Lindsay Harris - Matera Imagined/Matera Immaginata: Photography and a Southern Italian Town

Monday, 16 October 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
SHOPTALKS

Lindsay Harris - Matera Imagined/Matera Immaginata: Photography and a Southern Italian Town

Monday, 16 October 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Conference

The Political Power of Sacred Texts

Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Conference

The Political Power of Sacred Texts

Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Lecture

Richard Powell - Resurrection and Respiration: Two Sculptures by Edmonia Lewis and Francesco Pezzicar

Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Lecture

Richard Powell - Resurrection and Respiration: Two Sculptures by Edmonia Lewis and Francesco Pezzicar

Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Lecture

Emmet Gowin - A Life in Photography

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Lecture

Emmet Gowin - A Life in Photography

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Conference

The Revolt of Islam: Texts, Subtexts, Contexts

Friday, 15 December 2017 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

2017-2018 Conversations | Conversazioni

Join us for CONVERSATIONS | CONVERSAZIONI: From the American Academy in Rome, a series of programs in the U.S. and in Rome that feature leading voices in the arts and humanities–including AAR Fellows, Residents, and special guests–in the form of lectures, presentations and performances.

All events are free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

The 2017–2018 CONVERSATIONS | CONVERSAZIONI series is sponsored by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Conversations/Conversazioni

Yto Barrada and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi - Reverse Flow

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome
Conversations/Conversazioni

Yto Barrada and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi - Reverse Flow

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome
Conversations/Conversazioni

Gary Hilderbrand with Alberto Iacovoni – Imagining the Vegetal City: The Surface Is Alive

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome
Conversations/Conversazioni

Gary Hilderbrand with Alberto Iacovoni – Imagining the Vegetal City: The Surface Is Alive

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Rome
Conversations/Conversazioni

NOW HERE IS NOWHERE

Thursday, 16 November 2017 - 6:30pm
Italian Cultural Institute
New York City
Conversations/Conversazioni

THE WORLD IS OLD, HISTORY IS NEW

Saturday, 18 November 2017 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater
Chicago
Conversations/Conversazioni

Mario Cresci and Roberta Valtorta – Photography and Matera

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 - 6:15pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Conversations/Conversazioni

Mario Cresci and Roberta Valtorta – Photography and Matera

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 - 6:15pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

2017-2018 FELLOW SHOPTALKS

Each week, the Rome Prize and Italian Fellows of the American Academy in Rome present their work-in-progress in an informal setting. These “Shoptalks” are an opportunity to exchange ideas and receive feedback from peers and colleagues.

All events are free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

SHOPTALKS

Mark Robbins - Roamin' America

Monday, 18 September 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
SHOPTALKS

John Ochsendorf - Una Volta a Roma

Monday, 25 September 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
SHOPTALKS

Peter Benson Miller - Painting in the Contact Zone: American Artists in Postwar Rome

Monday, 2 October 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
SHOPTALKS

Bissera Pentcheva - Re-Animating the Past: The Lost Voice of Hagia Sophia

Monday, 6 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
SHOPTALKS

Leslie Cozzi - "A single syllable sets them apart": Agonism and Collaboration in the work of Mario and Marisa Merz

Monday, 13 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
SHOPTALKS

Alison Hirsch and Aroussiak Gabrielian - Landscape Real-and-Imagined

Monday, 20 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
SHOPTALKS

Brandon Clifford - On the Performance of Architecture in Three Acts – Practice, Perception, and Play

Monday, 27 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
SHOPTALKS

Alessandro Di Pietro - DESIGNING MONSTERS

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
SHOPTALKS

Lauren Ginsberg - Remembering Civil War: the Complicity of the Average Soldier in Caesar and Lucan

Monday, 4 December 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome