CBS Sunday Morning Visits the Academy

A pair of gloved hands hold up a black and white photographic negative
Elena Past, 2022 Fellow in modern Italian Studies, examines a negative in the Academy’s Photographic Archive
A video still of a light skinned woman sitting in an outdoor garden location and looking at an offscreen interviewer to her right
Elena Past, 2022 Fellow in modern Italian Studies, talks about her Rome Prize project
Detail of a 2D collage artwork depicting ceramic Etruscan vessels with African faces painted on them
Detail of an artwork by William Villalongo, 2022 Fellow in visual arts
Color video still of a dark skinned, gray beared man seated at a lunch table and passing a water jug
William Villalongo at the Academy lunch table
Color video still of an Asian and black man seated in chairs and talking to each other; they are on the porch of the Academy building next to a studio
Igor Santos, 2022 Fellow in musical composition (left) talks with William Villalongo about their collaborative work
Color video still of a light skinned woman in an indoor location with blond hair talking to an offscreen interviewer
Marla Stone, Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Professor, explains the American Academy in Rome to Seth Doane
An aerial view of the American Academy in Rome's McKim, Mead & White Building, with the city of Rome behind it in the distance
An aerial view of the Academy’s McKim, Mead & White Building
An Asian man and a light skinned man talk to each other and walk alongside the Fontanone in Rome on a clear, sunny day
Igor Santos, 2022 Fellow in musical composition (left), describes to journalist Seth Doane his interest in Roman fountains and how they relate to his new work
Color video still of a computer monitor showing ocean waves; also on the desk are a laptop and one audio speaker
Igor Santos has programmed a digital video component to a work that interacts with a live piano performance
An aerial view of a long lunch table with people seating at it, conversing and eating
The lunch table in the Cortile of the American Academy in Rome

On July 10, CBS Sunday Morning aired a five-minute story about the Academy’s essence, history, and present-day life. Rome correspondent Seth Doane spoke with three 2022 Fellows—scholar Elena Past, composer Igor Santos, and artist William Villalongo—about their Rome Prize projects and collaborations.

Two Academy leaders, Elizabeth Rodini and Marla Stone, added some perspective on what it means to come to and return from Rome, while Doane contextualizes AAR within the rise of national academies in the Eternal City. Enjoy also new drone footage of Academy buildings and gardens. “More remarkable than the place,” said Doane, “is the mix of people” that is the heart of life on the Janiculum.

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