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Maggio 2018

Exhibition Opening

Yto Barrada – The Dye Garden

  • Giovedì, 10 Maggio 2018 - da 6:00pm a 9:00pm
AAR Gallery
Rome

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.

This exhibition features new work by the acclaimed Franco-Moroccan artist Yto Barrada, who is at the forefront of international artists reconfiguring the models established by the Orientalist tradition. She explores the landscape, geology, and botany of North Africa, and that of Morocco in particular, as it was understood and trafficked in the colonial and postcolonial eras. Playfully subversive, Barrada often approaches serious issues through the medium of children’s toys, the means through which insidious ideas were inculcated in the minds of young people. By underlining strategies of resistance, she undermines both the ideological foundations of the East–West divide and the mechanisms used to perpetuate it.

Barrada has been exploring for several years the production of natural dyes from such diverse sources as woad, madder, indigo, cochenille, and murex. Tracing the origins of colors found in tapestries and other textiles back to their sources, she identifies the international networks underpinning the cultivation and manufacture of dyes prior to the introduction of chemical processes in order to unpack a complex set of exchanges linking East and West. Informed by this research, a new project, created expressly for the occasion, draws on the tapestries representing the Roman general Scipio Africanus’s heroic deeds and triumphs, especially those depicted in the Battle of Zama cartoons, and Paul Klee’s “discovery” of abstraction in Tunisia. Barrada also references gardens in Roman ruins and a garden created by the Dada artist Hannah Höch.

Barrada studied history and political science at the Sorbonne and photography in New York. She is the founding director of Cinémathèque de Tanger, dedicated to the circulation and preservation of film in Morocco. Barrada’s work in photography, film, sculpture, prints, and installation began by exploring the peculiar situation of her hometown, Tangier. Her work has been exhibited at Tate Modern (London), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Renaissance Society (Chicago), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Haus der Kunst (Munich), the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Whitechapel Gallery (London), and the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennale. She was the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year for 2011. A comprehensive monograph of her work was published by JRP | Ringier in 2013. She is a recipient of the 2013 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University and was awarded the 2015 Abraaj Group Prize for Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian artists.

Her exhibition Agadir is on view at the Barbican in London through 20 May 2018. Pace Gallery in New York has staged a survey of her work, titled How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself, that is open until 8 May.

Yto Barrada was the Roy Lichtenstein Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in fall 2017. The Dye Garden is curated by Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome. This exhibition is supported in part by the Embassy of the United States of America to Italy.

COLLATERAL EVENTS

Keynote Lecture
Avinoam Shalem
Through the Backdoor: The Histories of “Islamic” Art and Architecture in Italy
17 May 2018
6:30pm, Lecture Room

Conference
Islamic Art and Architecture in Italy: Between Tradition and Innovation
18 May 2018
10:00am–7:00pm, Lecture Room

GALLERY HOURS

Thursday-Saturday, 4:00pm–7:00pm
10 May–8 July 2018

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.

Keynote Lecture

Avinoam Shalem – Through the Backdoor: The Histories of “Islamic” Art and Architecture in Italy

  • Giovedì, 17 Maggio 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.

Introducing the main themes of the symposium, Islamic Art and Architecture in Italy: Between Tradition and Innovation, taking place at the American Academy in Rome on 18 May, Avinoam Shalem sets the methodological and historiographic stage for the proceedings.

Mainly discussed as part of European popular culture and being categorized and, to some extent, underestimated as exotica, the oriental carnival of 1886 organized within the neighborhood of the ancient Jewish Ghetto in Florence, located to the south of the present Piazza della Repubblica, serves as the starting point for this lecture. Reconstructed as the “City of Baghdad,” this carnival created a tableau vivant (living picture) of the Orient in the quotidian life of Florence. Its timing, namely shortly after the modern planning of this area as the main open public space at the time that Florence was the capital of the Italian State (between 1865 and 1871) and just before the Ghetto’s demolition, underscores the rapidly falling dusk of “Orientalism” in favor of historicism and national modernism. But it also hints at the long tradition of blurring the borders between Islam and Judaism in the Italian-speaking zone, either deliberately or innocuously. In this lecture the specific choices and cases of linking Judaism and Islam will be discussed in order to suggest a long durèe of alternative ‘Backdoor History’ for understanding the reception of Islamic art and architecture in Italy and for the making of its Image.

Avinoam Shalem is the Riggio Professor of the arts of Islam at the Columbia University. His main field of interest is in medieval artistic interactions in the Mediterranean basin, medieval aesthetic and the historiography of the field of art history. Among his recent publications: Reconstructing the Image of the Prophet in Europe (2013); The Image of the Prophet between Ideal and Ideology: A Scholarly Investigation (with Christiane J. Gruber, 2014); Gazing Otherwise: Modalities of Seeing In and Beyond the Lands of Islam (with Olga Bush, 2015); and The Chasuble of Thomas Beck: A Biography (2017). He cocurated the exhibition The Future of Tradition: The Tradition of Future at the Haus der Kunst, Munich (2010) and is currently directing the research projects When Nature Becomes Ideology: Palestine after 1947. Shalem was a Resident at the American Academy in Rome in 2016.

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

This lecture is supported in part by the Embassy of the United States of America to Italy.

COLLATERAL EVENTS

Conference
Islamic Art and Architecture in Italy: Between Tradition and Innovation
18 May 2018
10:00am–7:00pm, Lecture Room

Exhibition
Yto Barrada – The Dye Garden
Thursday–Saturday, 4:00pm–7:00pm
10 May–8 July 2018

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.

Conference

Islamic Art and Architecture in Italy: Between Tradition and Innovation

  • Venerdì, 18 Maggio 2018 - da 10:00am a 7:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.

Gli Arabi in Italia, edited by Francesco Gabrieli and Umberto Scerrato, and published in 1979, remains an inescapable, richly illustrated compendium for those interested in the wide variety of objects and monuments linked to Islamic culture in Italy. This conference critically investigates the origins of this influential volume, and the scholarly approaches and assumptions that shaped it, in order to contextualize more recent avenues of inquiry in the field.

Much has changed in the past forty years as scholarship about the Islamic presence in Italy and its legacy has been conditioned by a renewed attention to material culture, on the one hand, and a widespread interest in the Islamic world, on the other. Focusing on the latest methodologies used to analyze the categories of objects documented by Gabrieli, Scerrato and their collaborators – including ceramics, rock crystal, metalwork, and architecture – we can track the ongoing transformation and most up to date findings of this dynamic and multi-faceted field. Featuring leading scholars from Italy, the United States and Europe, the conference aims to create a meaningful dialogue between the historiographical tradition culminating in the volume Gli Arabi in Italia and the innovative methods that have emerged since its publication.

The keynote address on May 17 at 6:30pm will be delivered by Avinoam Shalem, the Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam at Columbia University.

The conference is organized by Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome, and Silvia Armando. It is supported in part by the Embassy of the United States of America to Italy.

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

COLLATERAL EVENTS

Keynote Lecture
Avinoam Shalem
Through the Backdoor: The Histories of ‘Islamic' Art and Architecture in Italy
17 May 2018
6:30pm, Lecture Room

Exhibition
Yto Barrada  - The Dye Garden
Thursday-Saturday, 4pm-7pm
10 May - 8 July 2018

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.

Seminar

The Living Art of the Past – Tanja Michalsky

  • Venerdì, 25 Maggio 2018 - 5:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

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 precirculated paper.

The seminars are organized by AAR Fellows Bissera V. Pentcheva, Anna Majeski, and Joseph Williams. Please email amajeski23@gmail.com 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.

Lecture

Teresita Fernández – Wayfinding: Bamboo Cinema, Blind Landscape, Fata Morgana

  • Martedì, 29 Maggio 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Artist Teresita Fernández will discuss her experiential works, which rethink the meaning of landscape and place, inspired, too, by diverse historical and cultural references. Her large-scale works play with scale, site, and material to explore how we construct and navigate places visually, physically, socially, and culturally. The idea of wayfinding—moving from place to place or even getting lost—is critical to understanding Fernández’s approach, which incorporates unconventional materials, such as graphite, pyrite, gold, and malachite, to explore how we look at and process our surroundings, from the celestial to the subterranean, the intimate to the immense, along the way pointing to erased historical narratives, as well as the potentially democratic aspects of public art. The lecture will trace Fernández’s works as a constellation of site-specific installations and historical references that inform and explore the psychology of looking in her immersive art.

Fernández is a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Artist's Grant, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she is the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Her works are included in many prominent collections and have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachussets; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California; and Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy, among others. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Teresita Fernández is the Roy Lichtenstein Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

The event 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.