Conversations/Conversazioni

David Nirenberg & Avinoam Shalem – On Ghettoes: Medieval, Modern, and Metaphorical

Tuesday, February 2, 2021–6:00 PM
AAR Zoom
Central European Time
Rome, Italy
Color photograph of Campo di Ghetto Nuovo in Venice, featuring an open plaza with people and dogwalkers in the foreground, and six and seven story residential buildings in the background, each painted in shades of red, tan, and yellow

View of Campo di Ghetto Nuovo in Venice in 2009 (photograph by h_laca and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license)

The first Conversations/Conversazioni of the calendar year will feature David Nirenberg (2021 Resident), the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought at the University of Chicago, where he is also dean of the Divinity School, and AAR Director Avinoam Shalem (2016 Resident).

“Ghetto” emerged as a word to describe a specific late-medieval phenomenon: the creation in Christian cities of segregated and walled neighborhoods in which Jews were required to live. Today its meanings are vaster, and it serves as a metaphor for many different types of containment and segregation. How did these urban spaces emerge? Why did they prove so useful as marginal spaces and a metaphor? And what work do the phenomenon and the metaphor do today?

This conversation, to be presented on Zoom, is free and open to the public. Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The start time of this lecture is 6:00pm Central European Time (12:00 noon Eastern Time). It is being recorded and will be edited and posted on the AAR website at a later date.

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

A. O. Scott & Garrett Bradley

Monday, November 23, 2020–6:00 PM
AAR Zoom
Eastern Time
New York, NY
United States
Black and white film still of a closeup of Fox Rich looking into a mirror

Fox Rich is the subject of Garrett Bradley’s new film, Time (2020)

The New York Times critic at large A. O. Scott (2020 Resident) and the filmmaker and artist Garrett Bradley (2020 Fellow) will discuss Garrett’s work across narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, Southern culture, and the history of film in the United States.

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 Eastern Time (12:00 midnight 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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Catherine Opie & Mark Robbins – Notes from America

Monday, October 5, 2020–6:00 PM
AAR Zoom
Eastern Time
New York, NY
United States
Black and white photograph of a depopulated Wall Street in the early morning, looking west at Trinity Church from the steps of Federal Hall

Detail of Catherine Opie, Untitled #12 (Wall Street), 2001, iris print (artwork © Catherine Opie)

Catherine Opie (2021 Robert Mapplethorpe Resident in Photography) will discuss her work around community and home, as well as her recent road trip across the United States, with AAR President Mark Robbins (1997 Fellow). Focusing on the idea of a place as a portrait, she will also touch on her interests to explore the Vatican with her camera during her residency 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 6:00pm Eastern Time (12:00 midnight 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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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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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.

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.

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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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.

Yto Barrada & Sandford Biggers with Peter Benson Miller – Dye-aspora

Wednesday, October 23, 2019–6:30 PM
Pace Gallery
540 West 25th Street
Seventh Floor
New York, NY
United States

This panel discussion will bring together three speakers—the interdisciplinary artists Yto Barrada (2018 Resident) and Sanford Biggers (2018 Fellow) and Peter Benson Miller, formerly Andrew Heiskell Arts Director for the American Academy in Rome—for an engaging dialogue about the role of contemporary art in sparking conversations about compelling social issues.

Occasioned by Barrada’s exhibition The Dye Garden at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York, until December 22, this conversation pairs Barrada with Biggers. Both artists work with thread, textiles, quilted fabric, and embroidery, as well as photography, installation, and film, to unearth forgotten histories and critically engage sociopolitical issues, including the legacy of slavery, diaspora, postcolonial identity, and resistance to dominant narratives. Together, they will discuss collaboration, the impact of their time in Rome on their recent work, and the overlap between their respective artistic projects, among other topics.

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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