Conversations/Conversazioni

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.

2021 Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony

Friday, April 23, 2021–1:00 PM
AAR Zoom
Eastern Time
New York, NY
United States
Designed graphic element with five small pictures of the Academy and its Fellows, along with the words Rome Prize Ceremony April 23

Please join us on Friday, April 23 as we announce the 2021–22 Rome Prize winners and Italian Fellows at the virtual Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony.

The program also features a Conversations/Conversazioni with acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye OBE (2016 Resident) and AAR Director Avinoam Shalem (2016 Resident). Elizabeth Rodini, the Academy’s Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, will introduce the discussion.

The ceremony and conversation, to be presented on Zoom, is free and open to the public. The start time is 1:00pm Eastern Time (7:00pm Central European Time).

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2020–21 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

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Andreas Scholl & Lynne Lancaster – The Pergamon Panorama in Berlin: Where Tradition and Innovation Converge

Monday, November 2, 2020–6:00 PM
AAR Zoom
Central European Time
Rome, Italy
2020 Conversations - Pergamon Panorama

The Pergamon Panorama at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, with the visitors’ platform as seen from above (photograph by Tom Schulze and © asisi)

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

Scholl will speak on the Pergamon Panorama in Berlin, a project that takes the nineteenth-century concept of the cyclorama and uses a combination of traditional methods and digital technology to bring it into the twenty-first century to re-create the ancient city of Pergamon. A conversation between Scholl and Lancaster about the project will follow the presentation.

This Conversations/Conversazioni, to be presented on Zoom and held in English, is free and open to the public. The start time is 6:00pm Central European Time (12:00 noon Eastern Time).

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2020–21 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

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Colm Tóibín & Sara Antonelli – On Henry James

Tuesday, October 18, 2016–6:00 PM
Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italy
Colm Tóibín with Sara Antonelli - On Henry James

This event is the Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library Lecture and is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: American Classics.

This year marks the centenary of the death of Henry James, the literary titan and cosmopolitan figure whose classic novels explore the culture clash between brash Americans and jaded European society. In this event, Colm Tóibín, the author of the award-winning novel The Master (2004), which unpacks James’s complex character towards the end of the writer’s life, will discuss James’s legacy with Sara Antonelli, who teaches Anglo American literature at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre.

From early novels such as The Europeans or The Portrait of a Lady, which pitted the innocence of the new world against the corruption of the old, to later works, including The Golden Bowl and The Wings of the Dove, James crafted increasingly nuanced portraits of American identities thrown into relief by their experiences abroad. Many of his stories are set against the backdrop of Rome, drawing upon James’s thorough knowledge of the inner workings of its patrician palaces and artists’ studios. James himself, however, despite his prolific output, copious letters, notebooks, novels, and plays, as well as the many portraits of him by friends, remains an enigmatic figure. This has made him and his work an alluring subject for contemporary scholars and writers, including Tóibín, who have speculated about many aspects of his personal life, including his sexual proclivities, his friendships with men and women, his relationships with his siblings, and his ill-fated interest in the theater.

The event will be held in English.

The 2016–17 Conversations/Conversazioni series is sponsored by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Embassy of Ireland in Italy.

2017 Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony

Thursday, April 20, 2017–6:30 PM
Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY
United States
Arthur & Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony

Teresita Fernandez, Visual Artist (2018 Resident, 1999 Affiliated Fellow)

Mark Robbins, AAR President (1997 Fellow)

This event is free to the public. You can watch it live at https://livestream.com/aarome.

The 2016–17 season of Conversations/Conversazioni is sponsored by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

2018 Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony

Thursday, April 12, 2018–6:30 PM
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square
New York, NY
United States
Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony

Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony
Thursday, 12 April 2018 – 6:30pm
Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square, New York

Each year the Rome Prize is awarded to emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Please join us as we announce the 2018–19 Rome Prize winners and Italian Fellows at the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony.

The event also features a Conversations | Conversazioni with the artist Ann Hamilton, a 2017 Resident, and Mark Robbins, AAR president and CEO and a 1997 Fellow. The dialogue will be followed by a prosecco toast.

This event is at capacity. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis ONLY for those who have RSVP’d in advance.

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.

Rebecca Zorach & Nicole Marroquin – Toward Freedom: Chicago Muralists in the Struggle for Liberation

Tuesday, March 9, 2021–6:00 PM
AAR Zoom
Central European Time
Rome, Italy
2021 Conversations - Rebecca Zorach and Nicole Marroquin

William Walker, Eugene “Eda” Wade, and other artists, detail of The Wall of Truth, 1969 (photograph from the Public Art Workshop)

In August 1967, a group of artists in Chicago created a mural of Black heroes, The Wall of Respect, which quickly became a rallying point for activists, neighborhood residents, and cultural workers and spawned a broader community mural movement not only in Chicago but nationwide. It is uncontroversial to say that such murals represented the aspirations and political struggles of communities. But art critics and historians have tended to downplay their political agency as well as their artistic importance, thinking of them as affirming but ultimately anodyne expressions of identity.

What if instead we consider murals as interventions in and contestations of urban space? What would it mean to think of murals as shaping space and people’s experience of it, mediating relationships among groups, staking claims to visibility, belonging, and the right to the city? Rebecca Zorach and Nicole Marroquin will address these questions with examples drawn from the long history of public art and political movements in Chicago.

Rebecca Zorach (2021 Resident) is the Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History at Northwestern University, and Nicole Marroquin is an interdisciplinary artist and associate professor of art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

This conversation, to be presented on Zoom, is free and open to the public. The start time is 6:00pm Central European Time (12:00 noon Eastern Time).

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2020–21 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

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Jorge Otero-Pailos & Sheena Wagstaff – Roots of the City

Thursday, March 11, 2021–12:00 PM
AAR Zoom
Eastern Time
New York, NY
United States
Installation view of Jorge Otero-Pailos’s "The Ethics of Dust" at Westminster Hall in 2016

Installation view of Jorge Otero-Pailos’s The Ethics of Dust at Westminster Hall in 2016, commissioned by Artangel (photograph by Marcus J. Leith)

If art is a vehicle for reframing preservation, what impact could that have on practitioners? Or the public’s attitudes toward preservation as a discipline? This Conversation/Conversazioni will explore the emotive power of place, space, and objects, particularly as they relate to memory, presence, and endurance over time.

Jorge Otero-Pailos is an artist, preservationist, and professor and director of the Historic Preservation Program in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. Sheena Wagstaff is Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The discussion will be moderated by Elizabeth Rodini, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome.

This Conversations/Conversazioni, to be presented on Zoom and held in English, is free and open to the public. The start time is 12:00pm Eastern Time (6:00pm Central European Time).

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2020–21 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

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Pamela O. Long & Nicola Camerlenghi – The City of Rome: Urban Infrastructure and Urban Form from Medieval to Early Modern Times

Tuesday, April 13, 2021–6:00 PM
AAR Zoom
Central European Time
Rome, Italy
2021 Conversations - Pamela O. Long and Nicola Camerlenghi

Detail of Anthonis van den Wijngaerde, View of Rome from the Janiculum, 1540–50, pen and brown ink, brown and blue wash, over black chalk, on 3 pieces of paper glued together, 8 5/16 x 51 3/16 in. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Since Rome was not built in a day, how can we understand the processes by which the city developed? Nicola Camerlenghi and Pamela O. Long (2004 Fellow) have addressed this challenge for the medieval and early modern city, respectively.

Camerlenghi, associate professor of art history at Dartmouth College and digital humanities fellow at Villa I Tatti, has developed a diachronic, digital map of towers, bell towers, and other features to chart the medieval city’s network of power and surveillance. Long, an independent scholar of late medieval and Renaissance history, has studied long runs of documents and numerous printed maps across various Roman archives uncovering conflicts and problems during the late sixteenth century. Both scholars have then confronted their primary evidence with a first-hand, holistic engagement with the city. This Conversations/Conversazioni will treat their different but interrelated approaches to the evolving Eternal City.

This conversation, to be presented on Zoom, is free and open to the public. The start time is 6:00pm Central European Time (12:00 noon Eastern Time).

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation is the 2020–21 season sponsor of Conversations/Conversazioni: From the American Academy in Rome.

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