Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library Lecture

Teodolinda Barolini – Dante’s Sympathy for the Other or the Non Stereotyping Imagination: Sexual and Racial Others in the “Commedia”

Wednesday, November 14, 2012–6:00 PM
Knickerbocker Club
807 5th Avenue
New York, NY
United States
Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library - New York

Join us for the annual Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library lecture in New York, featuring Teodolinda Barolini (2012 Resident), the Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor of Italian at Columbia University and chair of the Department of Italian.

Barolini argues that Dante’s radical historicity may function as a prophylaxis against stereotyping and that in any case—whatever the cause—he possesses a nonstereotyping imagination. Immersing the Commedia in historical context allows us, with surprising frequency, to see the absence of a normative response on Dante’s part. Using contemporary images in order to allow the audience to gauge a normative response, Barolini looks at Dante’s treatment of both sexual and racial others in the Divine Comedy.

Francesco Buranelli – Palazzo Farnese ovvero una Accademia “ante litteram”

Wednesday, February 15, 2012–6:00 PM
Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italy
Palazzo Farnese ovvero una Accademia 'ante litteram'

Francesco Buranelli, Segretario della Pontificia Commissione per i Beni Culturali della Chiesa/Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, will give the Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library Lecture entitled “Palazzo Farnese ovvero una Accademia ante litteram.”

The Palazzo Farnese continues to fulfill a major role in European culture, approximately five hundred years after its construction under the direction of Pope Paul III (Alessandro Farnese, 1468–1549, pope from 1534) and his Cardinal nephews—the “grand” Cardinal Alessandro, Ranuccio and Odoardo. This was demonstrated by the exhibition on the Palazzo that the French Embassy in Rome organized last year. The Palazzo’s “cultural vocation” has deep roots and was developed through a careful and visionary initiative of the Casa Farnese, which called on the best architects, decorators, and artists of the Renaissance, as well as the most accomplished humanists of the time, to work on it. This Academy ante litteram never faltered and regenerated itself over the centuries. Today we can appreciate all that it continues to offer.

The lecture will be held in Italian. Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thomas J. Campanella – From Rome to Robert Moses

Thursday, November 17, 2011–6:00 PM
Metropolitan Club
1 East 60th Street
New York, NY
United States
"From Rome to Robert Moses" by Thomas J. Campanella, FAAR’11

Though virtually unknown today, no landscape architects played a greater role in shaping American space in the twentieth century than Gilmore D. Clarke and Michael Rapuano (1930 Fellow), whose forty-year partnership Laurie Olin has called “one of the most fruitful collaborations in American design history.”

Clarke and Rapuano were educated in the Beaux-Arts style but practiced at the edge of modernity, designing the first modern highways in the world and using them to create the first park system of the motor age. This work was emulated from Germany to China and became the model that Robert Moses used to modernize metropolitan New York during the New Deal. Clarke and Rapuano themselves provided much of the design genius that enabled Moses to build, by the 1950s, a legacy of parks and public works unmatched since Haussmann’s transformation of Paris. Among their works are Riverside, Orchard Beach, Battery, Cadman Plaza, Astoria, Marine, and Jacob Riis Parks, the Brooklyn War Memorial, the Central Park Conservatory Gardens, the Belt, the Henry Hudson and Grand Central Parkways, and the master plan for the 1939 World’s Fair.

This lecture by Thomas J. Campanella (2011 Fellow) will survey the forgotten legacy of Clarke and Rapuano, showing how Rapuano’s studies at the American Academy in Rome in the late 1920s enabled him to develop a lean and economical “public-works Baroque” spatial aesthetic that complemented well the Anglo-Romantic heritage of the Olmsted era and became a signature of both the Moses era and the city itself.

A reception will follow the lecture. Seating is limited, and reservations are required.

John R. Clarke – The Story of the Villa “of Poppaea” at Oplontis (50 BC–AD 79) and Its Archives: Daybooks, Photographs, and Plaster Fragments

Tuesday, May 24, 2011–6:00 PM
Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italy
Friends of the Library Annual Lecture

One of the undisputed highlights of the Academy’s year in Rome is the 

Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library (FOL) Lecture. This year the lecture is dedicated to the memory of Christina Huemer, Drue Heinz Librarian Emerita, who served as a spirited leader of the AAR’s Arthur and Janet C. Ross Library for fifteen years (1993-2007), retiring just a few years before her untimely death on 12 November 2010. The thousands of artists and scholars touched by Chris Huemer’s learning, creativity and curiosity will remember her forever; a memorial service was held in in New York City on 3 February 2011.

The date of this year’s FOL lecture is Christina Huemer’s birthday, 24 May. Honoring Chris’ memory will be John R. Clarke, 1995 Resident, AAR Trustee, and Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor in the University of Texas at Austin. His topic is “The Story of the Villa ‘of Poppaea’ at Oplontis (50 BC–AD 79) and Its Archives: Daybooks, Photographs, and Plaster Fragments.”

Clarke has taught at the University of Texas at Austin since 1980. His teaching, research, and publications have focused especially on the visual culture of ancient Rome, on art historical methodology, and on contemporary art and criticism. He has published seven books. Two of these appeared in 2007 alone: Looking at Laughter: Humor, Power, and Transgression in Roman Visual Culture, 100 BC–AD 250 (University of California Press) and Roman Life: 100 BC–AD 200 (Abrams).

In all, Clarke has published also about 80 articles, chapters, and reviews, including several deriving from the Oplontis Project, for which he is co-director. The Oplontis Project is a collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency of Pompeii and the King’s Visualisation Lab, King’s College, London. You can read about the Oplontis Project here.

Clarke’s lecture takes place Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 6pm 
at the Academy’s Villa Aurelia (Largo di Porta San Pancrazio, 1). 

Reservations are necessary by Friday 20 May; you can register here. On the evening of the event, please present your email confirmation and a document of identification at the entrance of the Villa Aurelia.

The Villa “of Poppaea” at Oplontis, interior

Clarke served on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association (1991-2001), and was its President from 1998-2000. Since 2000 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies, serving, since 2004, as Vice-Chair of the Board.

John R. Clarke. Photo credit: Kirk Tuck

The current Drue Heinz Librarian of the American Academy in Rome is Rebecka Lindau; the President of the Friends of the Library is Michael C. J. Putnam, FAAR’64, RAAR’70, AAR Life Trustee, and Emeritus Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Department of Classics, Brown University.

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