Announcing the AAR Residents for 2021–22

Color photograph that presents the aerial view of the McKim Mead & White Building and the Bass Gardens
Aerial view of the American Academy in Rome campus (photograph by 2004 Fellow Alex MacLean)

AAR is pleased to announce its slate of twelve Residents for the upcoming 2021–22 academic year. They join the distinguished list of artists and scholars who are invited as Fellows each year to live and work within the Academy’s community in Rome.

For this program, esteemed artists and scholars of international standing reside at the Academy for periods ranging from one to three months. Invitations are extended to esteemed artists and scholars working in the disciplines represented by AAR: architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation, landscape architecture, literature, musical composition, and visual arts, as well as ancient studies, medieval studies, Renaissance and early modern studies, and modern Italian studies.

During their stay, Residents serve as advisors and mentors to Rome Prize recipients and to other members of the Academy community. Residents also participate in various events throughout the year as part of the series Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome. These and other programs emphasize links between the disciplines represented by the AAR community and highlight the impact of Residents’ artistic and scholarly work.

“This season reflects another exceptional range of Residents,” said AAR President Mark Robbins (1997 Fellow). “They are an important part of Academy life and reinforce the vibrant interdisciplinary and creative environment at AAR.”

Visiting the AAR community as Residents this season are:

Rea S. Hederman Critic in Residence
Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Professor of Italian and History, College of Arts and Sciences, New York University
May 4–May 16, 2022

Lester K. Little Resident in Medieval Studies
Olga Bush
Visiting Scholar, Hispanic Studies Department, Vassar College
October 11–December 31, 2021

Louis Kahn Resident in the History of Art
Dario Gamboni
Professor of Art History, University of Geneva, Switzerland (retired)
September 13–October 2, 2021

Rea S. Hederman Critic in Residence
Brooke Gladstone
Author, Journalist, and Host, On the Media, WNYC
April 11–May 9, 2022

Deenie Yudell Resident in the Visual Arts
Lyle Ashton Harris
Artist and Associate Professor of Art, New York University
May 23–June 17, 2022

Mary Miss Resident in Visual Art
Guillermo Kuitca
Artist, Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 28–May 20, 2022

William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence
Laura Kurgan
Professor of Architecture and Director, Center for Spatial Research, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University
May 23–July 18, 2022

Esther Van Deman Scholar in Residence
Claire Lyons
Curator, Department of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum
April 26–June 17, 2022

Roy Lichtenstein Artist in Residence
Jorge Otero-Pailos
Artist, Preservationist, and Professor and Director, Historic Preservation Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University
December 6, 2021–January 28, 2022
April 26–May 20, 2022

Paul Fromm Resident in Composition
Paola Prestini
Composer and Co-Founder and Artistic Director, National Sawdust, Brooklyn
September 13–December 3, 2021

William B. Hart Poet in Residence
Natasha Trethewey
Poet and Board of Trustees Professor of English, Department of English, Northwestern University
May 23–July 18, 2022

William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence
Mabel O. Wilson
Nancy and George Rupp Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies Department; and Director, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University
May 23–July 18, 2022

Past AAR Residents have included artists Teresita Fernandez, Cy Twombly, Kara Walker, Charles Ray, and Martin Puryear; architects Jeannie Gang and Craig Dykers; writers Francine Prose, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Anthony Doerr; scholars David Kertzer and Anthony Grafton; and many others who have made significant contributions to the arts and humanities.

American Academy in Rome

Established in 1894, the American Academy in Rome (AAR) is America’s oldest overseas center for independent studies and advanced research in the arts and humanities. The Academy has evolved to become a more global and diverse residential setting for artists and scholars living and working in Rome. The community includes a wide range of scholarly and artistic disciplines, with a composition that is representative of the United States and is fully engaged with Rome, Italy, and international exchange. The support provided by the Academy to Rome Prize and Italian Fellows and invited Residents helps further the impact of the arts and humanities.

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