Encounters

Danielle Allen & Theaster Gates – Talking to Strangers: Art and Democracy in These Times

Thursday, January 16, 2020–6:00 PM
Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italy

Talking to Strangers: Art and Democracy in These Times will feature a conversation between Danielle Allen and Theaster Gates on their creative approaches to a wide range of issues.

Allen is the 2020 Esther Van Deman Resident in the Humanities at the American Academy in Rome and is the James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Gates is the 2020 Mary Miss Resident in Visual Arts at the American Academy in Rome and is Professor in the Department of Visual Arts and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

The conversation will be held in English.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2019–20 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

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Encounters II: The Activist Gesture

Friday, May 29–Saturday, July 4, 2020

AAR Gallery
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy

Inner wall of Höweler + Yoon’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers (2020) at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (photograph by J. Meejin Yoon)

Please note that the physical exhibition was canceled, and its contents are presented in digital form.

An exhibition in two parts marking the 125th anniversary of the founding of the American Academy in Rome and tracing the impact of its unique, interdisciplinary working environment on American culture. Encounters investigates the enduring impact of the city of Rome as a dynamic creative laboratory through a series of interdisciplinary exchanges.

Encounters II pairs an architect and an artist, both of whom blur disciplinary distinctions, to explore abstraction and the “activist gesture” in works of art and public monuments addressing pressing social and political issues in the United States.

Curated by Peter Benson Miller.

Encounters II
May 29–July 4, 2020
Opening: May 28, 2020, 6:00–9:00pm

Participants include: Julie Mehretu, Artist (2020 Resident); and J. Meejin Yoon, Architect and Dean, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cornell University (2006 Fellow, 2020 Resident).

Digital Innovations in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Friday, March 13, 2020 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy

Panorama Pergamon with visitors’ platform from above (photograph by Tom Schulze and © asisi)

Canceled

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN CANCELED.

This conference celebrates 125 years of the American Academy in Rome and its engagement in the study of ancient monuments by looking to the future to explore the ways that digital technologies are affecting the ways we study and present the past.

The celebration begins with an evening lecture (Thursday, March 12) by Martin Maischberger (Antikensammlung Berlin) on the Pergamon Panorama in Berlin, a project that takes the nineteenth-century concept of the cyclorama and uses digital technology to bring it into the twenty-first century to re-create the ancient site of Pergamon.

The next day (Friday, March 13), a series of papers in the morning focus on different modes of digital acquisition and analysis at a variety of types of ancient archaeological sites. A major goal is to explore the ways that digital technologies are changing the questions we ask. The papers in the afternoon session examine the new ways that archaeological information is being disseminated as well as some of the challenges faced in using it to engage the public with issues of cultural heritage. In addition, there will be computer stations set up allowing the attendees to interact with some of the new applications and virtual-reality projects.

The speakers include Francesca Anichini, Stefano Borghini, Maria Letizia Buonfiglio, Peter Campbell, Alessandro D’Alessio, Steven Ellis (2013 Fellow, 2016 Affiliated Fellow), Elizabeth Fentress, Bernard Frischer (1976 Fellow, 1997 Resident), Gabriele Gattiglia, Letizia Gualandi, Giacomo Landeschi, Rachel Opitz, Stefania Pergola, Federica Michela Rossi, Arianna Traviglia, and Gianluca Zanzi.

Martin Maischberger & Lynne Lancaster – The Pergamon Panorama in Berlin: Where Tradition and Digital Innovation Converge

Thursday, March 12, 2020–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy
Canceled

PLEASE NOTE THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Martin Maischberger, deputy director of Antikensammlung Berlin, and Lynne Lancaster (2002 Fellow), Andrew W. Mellon Professor for the Humanities, American Academy in Rome, will discuss “The Pergamon Panorama in Berlin: Where Tradition and Digital Innovation Converge.”

The conversation will be held in English.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2019–20 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

Musa Mayer & Marc Payot – Encounters with Philip Guston

Thursday, March 12, 2020–6:30 PM
Hauser & Wirth
548 West 22nd Street
New York, NY
United States
Canceled

This discussion will feature two speakers—the author Musa Mayer and Marc Payot, president of Hauser & Wirth—for an engaging dialogue about the impact of Rome and Italy on the prolific later work of the American artist Philip Guston (1949 Fellow, 1971 Resident).

The conversation will take place at Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011.

This event is free and open to the public; an RSVP is required.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2019–20 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

T. Corey Brennan – Foreign Academies in Rome: The Quest for Acceptance

Tuesday, October 22, 2019–6:00 PM
Finnish Institute in Rome
Villa Lante
Passeggiata del Gianicolo, 10
Rome, Italy
T. Corey Brennan - Keynote

Scholars at the American Academy in Rome, May 1957 (photograph by James Whitmore, from the Life Photo Archive hosted by Google)

T. Corey Brennan (1988 Fellow and 2020 Resident), associate professor of classics at Rutgers University, will give a keynote lecture, titled “Foreign Academies in Rome: The Quest for Acceptance,” at the conference Model Rome – International Capital Cities of Science and Arts in the 20th Century at the Finnish Academy in Rome’s Villa Lante. The conference continues on October 23 and 24, 2019, at the German Historical Institute in Rom and the German Archaeological Institute, respectively.

The lecture will be given in English. For more information and to view the full program, please consult https://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-41368.

This talk is part of a year-long series of programs and events conceived around the theme of “Encounters,” which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founding of the American Academy in Rome.

J. Meejin Yoon, Julie Mehretu & Adam D. Weinberg – After Charlottesville

Thursday, November 21, 2019–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy

The speakers for the event are: J. Meejin Yoon, dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University (2006 Fellow, 2020 Resident); the artist Julie Mehretu (2020 Resident); and Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2020 Resident).

This Conversations/Conversazioni is part of a year-long series of programs and events conceived around the theme of “Encounters,” which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founding of the American Academy in Rome.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2019–20 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

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Teo Ruiz – Sicily: A Site of Encounters

Tuesday, October 29, 2019–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy
Teo Ruiz - Monreale Cathedral

The interior of the Cathedral of Monreale in Monreale, Sicily, built in the twelfth century (photograph by Peter Traub)

In this lecture, Teo Ruiz (2020 Resident) will emphasize the encounter of different civilizations in Sicily and the production of hybrid cultural forms as a result of these cultural encounters. Beginning with a brief account of Sicilian history, the talk will mostly center on the period encompassed by Muslim rule and the coming of the Normans, concluding with the reign of the Hohenstaufen ruler, Frederick II. A brief epilogue will trace the history of the island after 1282 and the present flow of people into the western Mediterranean.

Ruiz is a scholar of the social and popular cultures of late medieval and early modern Spain and the western Mediterranean. He is Distinguished Professor of History and of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Los Angeles. His most recent books are: The Western Mediterranean and the World: 400 CE to the Present (2018), Spanish Society, 1348–1700 (2017), A King Travels: Festive Traditions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain (2012), and The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in Western Civilization (2011).

The lecture will be held in English.

This talk is part of a year-long series of programs and events conceived around the theme of “Encounters,” which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founding of the American Academy in Rome.

Watch the Livestream
 

The Academy as a Mirror of Change: 125 Years of Arts and Humanities

Monday, November 11, 2019 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italy
The Academy as a Mirror of Change: 125 Years of Arts and Humanities

In this conference we explore key moments in the history of the American Academy in Rome to explore the ways in which the institution reflects cultural changes that have occurred in Europe and America during the 125 year history of the American Academy in Rome. The day is organized around a series of four keynote lectures by Antoine Picon, Denise Costanza, Corey Brennen, and Adele Chatfield Taylor, and three discussion panels with representatives of the various disciplines at AAR.

In the morning we focus on the founding of the Academy and its pre-1945 history, whereas in the afternoon we look at the post-1945 history. Topics will include the Beaux Arts context in which AAR was founded, along with its role in the broader context of the establishment of foreign institutes in Rome and their role in nation building during the late nineteenth century. We will explore the challenges faced by different constituents, such as the role of women within the institution and the tension in the arts between classicism and modernism. The post–World War II period brought radical changes to the Academy under the leadership of Laurance Roberts, when the conservative restrictions that had been established in earlier times were lifted. We will explore ways in which this was manifested through the work of particular scholars and artists and their interactions with the city and people of Rome and Italy.

The day will end with a gallery tour of the AAR exhibition Encounters, which examines the way in which AAR’s interdisciplinary environment affected the work of Fellows as they engaged monuments and urban space in Rome and elsewhere in Italy.

The conference features:

  • Ingrid Edlund Berry (1984 Fellow)
  • T. Corey Brennan (1988 Fellow, 2020 Resident), former AAR Mellon Professor for the Humanities)
  • Martin Brody (2002 Resident), former AAR Andrew Heiskell Arts Director
  • Alberta Campitelli, AAR Advisor
  • Adele Chatfield-Taylor (1984 Fellow, 2020 Resident), former AAR President
  • Lavinia Ciuffa, Acting Curator, AAR Photographic Archive
  • Denise Costanzo (2014 Fellow)
  • Valentina Follo, Curator, AAR Study Collection
  • Kathy Geffcken (1955 Fellow)
  • Lindsay Harris (2013 Fellow), former AAR Mellon Professor for the Humanities
  • Sebastian Hierl, AAR Drue Heinz Librarian
  • Lynne Lancaster (2002 Fellow), AAR Mellon Professor for the Humanities
  • Peter Benson Miller, former AAR Heiskell Arts Director
  • John Ochsendorf (2008 Fellow), AAR Director
  • Antoine Picon (2020 Resident)
  • Mark Robbins (1997 Fellow), AAR President and CEO
  • Ingrid Rowland (1982 Fellow, 2000 Resident), AAR Advisor and former AAR Mellon Professor for the Humanities
  • Elizabeth Rodini, AAR Andrew Heiskell Arts Director
  • Ugo Rubeo
  • Ilaria Schiaffini
  • Jane Shepherd, AAR Advisor
  • Frederick Whitling

This conference is part of a year-long series of events celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of the American Academy in Rome.

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Barbara Jatta & John Ochsendorf – Tradition and Innovation

Wednesday, September 25, 2019–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy
Conversations - Barbara Jatta & John Ochsendorf

The Pinecone Courtyard in the Vatican Museums

The American Academy in Rome celebrates its 125th anniversary by opening its 2019–20 programming season with a Conversations/Conversazioni between Vatican Museum director Barbara Jatta and AAR director John Ochsendorf (2008 Fellow). Jatta will discuss her professional history with the Academy, balancing access to art and the pressures of tourism, and accommodating tradition and innovation in the Vatican Museums.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in English. You can watch this event live at https://livestream.com/aarome.

The discussion inaugurates a series of events centered around the anniversary theme “Encounters,” which will investigate the impact of exposure to the city of Rome, its artifacts, and its narratives.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2019–20 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

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