2020 Virtual Benefit: One Moment/Infinite Ideas


2020 Virtual Benefit: One Moment/Infinite Ideas

Graphic logo for the 2020 Virtual Benefit consisting of the words "One Moment Infinite Ideas" against a color gradient of blue, green, and yellow; the dates and names of honorees are listed

A Benefit Evening to support the American Academy in Rome.

Honoring classicist Mary Beard (2019 Resident) and artist Theaster Gates, (2020 Resident).


Slobodan Randjelović
Calvin Tsao (2010 Resident)

Honorary Chairs

Mary E. Frank
John F. W. Rogers
His Excellency Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States

Join us for ONE MOMENT/INFINITE IDEAS, a virtual benefit to support the American Academy in Rome. Streaming free on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27.

GATHER friends, family, and colleagues for this one-night-only event HONORING artist THEASTER GATES (2020 Resident) and classicist MARY BEARD (2019 Resident), and CELEBRATE the extraordinary innovation, scholarship, and exchange of ideas that have taken place at the Academy for over 125 years.

7:00pm Conversations and Cocktail Reception
Featuring conversations led by notable figures in the arts and humanities (available to supporters $1,500 and above).

7:30pm One Moment/Infinite Ideas Benefit Program
Streaming free on the Academy’s website with performances by Jason Moran (2017 Resident), Jhumpa Lahiri (2013 Resident), Anthony Doerr (2005 Fellow, 2019 Resident), and Basil Twist (2019 Fellow).
(free and open to the public)

Support at $1,500 and above and enjoy special access at 7:00pm to the cocktail reception and conversations and other special benefits.

Online Auction

Bid to support art and scholarship at the Online Benefit Auction!

Live from October 14 to 28, 2020.

In conjunction with the virtual benefit evening, AAR will present its first ONLINE AUCTION featuring ARTWORKS and one-of-a-kind EXPERIENCES offering inside access to the fascinating work of the Academy’s Fellows and Residents in the arts and humanities.

Bid on artworks and experiences from:

Alessia Antinori, Polly Apfelbaum (2013 Fellow), Mary Beard (2019 Resident), Sanford Biggers (2018 Fellow), Patricia Cronin (2007 Fellow), Carl D’Alvia (2013 Fellow), E. V. Day (2017 Fellow), Allen Frame (2018 Fellow), Stephen Greenblatt (2010 Resident), Ann Hamilton (2017 Resident), Lyle Ashton Harris (2001 Fellow), Bunny Harvey (1976 Fellow), Michelle Hobart, Deborah Kass, Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong (2019 Fellow), Beverly McIver (2018 Fellow), Glendalys Medina (2013 Fellow), Susan Meiselas (2017 Resident), Sarah Oppenheimer (2011 Fellow), Gregg Pasquarelli/SHoP Architects, Kyle Pierce (RSFP Chef), Mark Robbins (1997 Fellow), Jackie Saccoccio (2005 Fellow), Yasmin Vobis (2017 Fellow), and others to be announced.

Auction powered by Artsy.

All proceeds from One Moment/Infinite Ideas virtual benefit and auction support the American Academy in Rome, which has fueled the critical thinking, research, and creative endeavor of countless individuals in the arts and humanities, including over 1,800 Rome Prize Fellows, whose rich and significant output continues to fill museums, theaters, concert halls, libraries, universities, and communities across the US and around the world.

Date & time
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
7:00 PM