From Rome to Berlin: AAR and the Scharoun Ensemble, a lasting collaboration
Flaming music boxes. Ping pong balls. Kurt Vonnegut. Shakespeare. While not typical staples of classical music, all have been featured in the work of AAR composers and performed by the renowned Scharoun Ensemble. For eight years Fellows have written and performed music with Scharoun, who spend a week-long residency in Rome each winter. The compositions—ranging from neo-minimalist riffs on traditional instruments, to electronic-acoustic bricolage—are then performed in a series of concerts at the Academy’s Villa Aurelia.
On Museum Design
Last week, a capacity audience filled the ODC Dance Theater in San Francisco for the latest installment of Conversations | Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome. The event, a panel discussion on the design of museums and cultural spaces, featured speakers offering unique perspectives on approaching their work.
The panel was moderated by Mary Margaret Jones, (1998 Fellow, Chair, AAR Board of Trustees, and President/Senior Principal, Hargreaves Associates), and included:
Cy Twombly, Photographer
It’s not easy to picture Cy Twombly with a camera in his hand. Famous for his abstract canvases and found-object sculptures,
On Her Own Terms: Revealing Esther Van Deman
Over the last three years, a collaboration between the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, or the Centro, and the AAR has given the Centro students an opportunity to use Academy resources to curate their own exhibition. This year, they worked with Academy curator Valentina Follo to tell the story of a pioneering woman - Esther Boise Van Deman.
AER at AAR: Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Electronic Music
Composer Annie Gosfield, current AAR Resident, sat serenely at her computer while percussionist Chris Cutler roamed barefoot around an ensemble of suspended garden tools.
Cabaret 2015: A Gathering of Fellows and Friends
A festive group of Fellows, Affiliated Fellows, Residents, Trustees and Academy friends reunited recently for an annual tradition -- the 2015 AAR Cabaret. Hosted in the Sky Room of the New Museum, the venue’s floor-to-ceiling walls of windows offered expansive views of the glittering New York City skyline, and served as a perfect backdrop for socializing and the evening’s performances.
An Evening of Poetry with Robert Polito and Edward Hirsch
A large crowd braved driving rain turn to see Edward Hirsch (1989 Fellow) and Robert Polito read and discuss poetry at this fall’s first US installment of the series, Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome. Every year, the Academy awards at least one Fellowship or Residency in Literature, and has hosted many luminary poets, such as Richard Wilbur (1956 Fellow), Robert Penn Warren (1957 Resident), and Mark Strand (1983 Resident).
Archaeology is destruction - every turn of the spade destroys layers of earth that preserve moments of the human past. The archaeology archive - the documentation that records excavation - transforms that destructive moment into history. More important than any buried building or fragment of sculpture, this archive preserves the tenuous link between the modern archaeologist and the people of the past.
2015 Opening Reception
New Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows met and mingled with friends of the American Academy in Rome as the sun set on a warm September evening last week. Members of the community and their families/fellow travelers gathered with staff and supporters of the Academy for the annual Opening Reception amongst the pines and olive trees of the Bass Garden and were welcomed by the Academy's President Mark Robbins and Director Kimberly Bowes.
Sandro La Barbera takes an in-depth look at Vergil's Culex
The American Academy in Rome constitutes a kind of bridge between the US and Italy. Most often it leads eastwards across the Atlantic, with American Fellows, Residents, and visitors coming to stay on the Janiculum, but sometimes traffic runs the opposite direction.