A research team led by Carrie Beneš (2009 Fellow) was awarded a $150,000 grant from the NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations program. The grant supports the La Sfera Project, an open-access multimedia edition of Goro Dati’s fifteenth-century poem La sfera (The Globe).
In his essay “The Handover,” Jonah Siegel (2004 Fellow) ruminates over museum collections, restitution, and the nature of property.
Information Desk: An Epic is a new book of poetry from Robyn Schiff (2023 Fellow), which she finished in Rome earlier this year. She revisits the place that inspired the book—the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s information desk, where she worked during the 1990s—with a writer from the New York Times.
The landscape architect Alexa Vaughn (2023 Fellow) talks to Madame Architect about looking at the city of Rome through DeafScape principles. “My core mission and hope for impact on the world,” she said, “is to make a tangible shift in how designers think about accessibility and about disabled people in the built environment.”
The National Gallery’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts has made its 2023–24 appointments, which include Kathryn Blair Moore (2011 Fellow), who will be Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, and Margaret L. Laird (1999 Fellow, current Memoirs editor), who will be Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow.
Rosa Lowinger (2009 Fellow) will publish Dwell Time: A Memoir of Art, Exile, and Repair with Simon and Schuster this October. The book chronicles her Cuban-Jewish roots and her career as a conservator.
The playwright, actress, storyteller, and activist Anna Deavere Smith (2016 Resident) will deliver the seventy-third A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in spring 2024.
Patricia Cronin, a 2007 Rome Prize Fellow whose sculpture explores gender, sexuality, and social justice, has been named Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York’s Brooklyn College.
Keeril Makan, the Michael (1949) and Sonja Koerner Music Composition Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a 2009 Rome Prize Fellow, has been appointed associate dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
Alexander Robinson (2016 Fellow) won an NEA Our Town Grant with the leader partner, Clockshop. Their Los Angeles River Integrated Design Lab is making a sixty-foot hydraulic river model with augmented reality, combining engineering, landscape architecture, and community engagement.
Gresham College has appointed Melissa Lane (2018 Resident), Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and director of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, as the fiftieth professor of rhetoric. Lane will deliver a lecture series titled “The Political Imagination: Ancient Greek Ideas” during the 2023–24 academic year.
Six major works by Shimon Attie (2002 Fellow)—chronicling the artist’s ongoing exploration of migration, displacement, and the search for home—will be shown in The View from Below at Stony Brook University. The Zuccaire Gallery exhibition opens July 20.
The University of Notre Dame has appointed Margaret Meserve (2007 Fellow), the Glynn Family Collegiate Professor of History and codirector of the Glynn Family Honors Program at her school, to become vice president and associate provost for academic space and support, starting July 1.
Carrier Records will soon release between systems and grounds - the overshot sessions, a new vinyl record and digital album from the composer Paula Matthusen (2015 Fellow) and the visual artist Olivia Valentine. The works are based on a their slowly evolving collaboration, which began in Rome.
Four Academy alumni are participating in the 2023 Chicago Architecture Biennial: Kiel Moe (2010 Fellow); Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers, known as Dream The Combine (2023 Fellows); and Tschabalala Self (2014 Affiliated Fellow).
Erin Gee, professor of composition at Brandeis University and a 2008 Rome Prize Fellow, was honored with the twenty-ninth Annual Herb Alpert Award in music, along with the bassist Linda May Han Oh.
Aaron Hamburger (2006 Fellow) spoke to National Public Radio about his recently published novel, Hotel Cuba, which explores the immigrant experience. Primarily set in Prohibition-era Havana, the book is based on the real-life story of his grandparents.
Tonight the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, New York, is opening Found and Imagined, an exhibition of collages by Janice Stanton, a Visiting Artist at AAR in November 2021. The work is on view through June 25.
Banyan trees at entrances to villages in Guangdong, where many Chinese immigrants to Los Angeles originated, inspired a memorial for victims of the 1871 Chinese Massacre, to be designed by Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong (2019 Fellow) and his spouse, the writer Judy Chung.
Roma, a Portrait is an exhibition at Palazzo delle Esposizioni highlighting the cultural contributions of foreign academies in the city. The festival (through July 30) presents archival material from these institutions—including historical images from AAR’s Photographic Archive—as well as work by contemporary artists.
The artist Yto Barrada (2018 Resident) talks about a community research center based around a dye garden, which she calls The Mothership, that recently opened in Tangier.
Michael McClure (2009 Fellow), a University of Louisiana at Lafayette professor, will lead Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Design as dean. He begins his new position on July 1.
The architectural practice of 2017 Fellow Robert Hutchison thrives on limitations, whether “budgetary, programmatical, or spatial,” he says. Read about his inventive solutions for recently designed and built homes in Seattle, Mexico, and Argentina in the Architect’s Newspaper.
As part of her 2022 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, Pamela Z (2020 Fellow) will give a public concert and lecture in Cambridge, Massachusetts, taking place April 19 and 20, 2023.
Ellen Pearlstein has published her research as a 2022 Fellow in the journal Museum Management and Curatorship. Her coauthored article focuses on conservation and curatorial practices for seven Yup’ik masks from western Alaska found in the Vatican Museums.
“These works offer few easy pleasures but many brain-tickling interpretive challenges,” writes Toby Kamp in his Brooklyn Rail review of 2017 Fellow Michael Queenland’s exhibition at Maureen Paley in London, on view through April 23.
Catherine Seavitt Nordenson (1998 Fellow) will join the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design as a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture.
In a fantastic New York Times profile of Arthur Simms (2003 Fellow), the writer Yinka Elujoba states that the artist’s experiments with light and shadow were inspired in part by the Caravaggio paintings he saw during his Rome Prize Fellowship.
Curator Jessica Powers turned her research as a 2018 Affiliated Fellow into Roman Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth from Rome and Pompeii, on view at the San Antonio Museum of Art through May 21. The richly illustrated catalogue has essays from Powers, Bettina Bergmann (1982 Fellow), Verity Platt, and more.