May 2019

May 24, 2019

In Pursuit of the God Dionysos in Ancient Apulia

To catch a glimpse of the long-lost beliefs of the ancients and their visions of the afterlife, one needs to look at the images of the gods that they painted on their pottery. This was the argument Thomas Carpenter made during a talk at the American Academy in Rome, where the archeologist delved into his decades-long study of how the local Italic people of Apulia, in the South of Italy, viewed the afterlife as “an eternal banquet.”

May 16, 2019

The Academic Body

AAR presents The Academic Body, an exhibition that spans over a century to tell the changes in the representation of the body in art and society.

May 14, 2019

A Water-Wise World

Claudia Trezza recaps a recent Academy symposium titled “Water and Culture: A View from Rome.”

May 13, 2019

AAR Receives Gift to Establish Philip Guston Rome Prize Fellowship

The American Academy in Rome is pleased to announce a new Rome Prize Fellowship this year. The Philip Guston Rome Prize in Visual Arts, established by Musa and Thomas Mayer with a $3 million gift in memory of the artist Philip Guston, further marks Guston’s long-standing relationship with the Academy and the city of Rome.

April 2019

April 29, 2019

The Density and Depth of Surface

Two 2019 Residents, Giuliana Bruno and Alice Friedman, focused on the subject of surfaces for their Conversations/Conversazioni event earlier this month.

April 09, 2019

Announcing the 2019–20 Rome Prize Winners and Italian Fellows

The American Academy in Rome has announced the winners of the 2019–20 Rome Prize and Italian Fellowships.

March 2019

March 29, 2019

Reflections on “A Difficult Heritage”

Many urban projects realized during the Ventennio remain part of the Italian land­scape. Together with architectural mon­uments and works of art, they constitute surviving traces of Fascist visual culture in contemporary Italy. These delicate issues were the sub­ject of an international, interdisciplinary conference recently held in Rome. 

March 04, 2019

Review of “Cinque Mostre 2019: Δx Displacement”

Photographs of ancient ruins. A Sicilian “Moor’s Head” shoots a laser out of its cyborg eye. A painting of a ship dotted in watermelon halves. A puppet show reenacting the beheading of Saint Cecilia.

February 2019

February 15, 2019

Cinque Mostre 2019: Δx Displacement

Composed of collaborative projects, under the collective title Δx Displacement, Cinque Mostre 2019 features work by current Rome Prize Fellows, Italian Fellows, and invited artists installed in various sites throughout the McKim, Mead & White Building at the American Academy in Rome.

January 2019

January 24, 2019

Elizabeth Rodini Appointed as AAR’s Next Andrew Heiskell Arts Director

The American Academy in Rome announced that scholar and curator Elizabeth Rodini has been selected as the next Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, a position based in Rome.

January 10, 2019

The Body and the Road to Justice

In a December 5 talk at MAXXI, Rome’s preeminent contemporary art museum, the renowned contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu (2018 Resident) recalled the statues of the Virgin Mary that filled the Catholic primary school in her hometown of Nairobi, Kenya.

January 08, 2019

Scholar Sinclair W. Bell Selected as Editor of Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome

The American Academy in Rome is pleased to announce that Dr. Sinclair W. Bell, a 2003 Rome Prize Fellow in ancient studies, has been appointed to a three-year term as editor of the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome.

November 2018

November 30, 2018

Milton Gendel Tribute

Friends and colleagues of Milton Gendel paid tribute to this celebrated artist and critic at the American Academy in Rome’s Villa Aurelia for a bittersweet gathering that honored his work and full life during his nearly seventh years in his adopted home.

November 29, 2018

2018 Jerome Lectures on “The Natural World: Pagans and Christians”

In the first of his three lectures for the American Academy in Rome, the renowned historian of the ancient world Robin Lane Fox explained how the two traditions imagined divine intervention differently.

November 20, 2018

2018 New York Fall Gala

At the American Academy in Rome’s Fall Gala, nearly 300 guests gathered at the Metropolitan Club to honor the cultural achievements of iconic actor, director, and producer Robert De Niro, and to celebrate returning 2018 Rome Prize Fellows. Luminaries from the worlds of art, fashion, film, business, and politics enjoyed cocktails in the President’s Foyer and the J. P. Morgan Room, followed by dinner in the President’s Ballroom.