Bodies of Knowledge

Isaac Julien – From Ten Thousand Waves to Lina Bo Bardi, via Kapital

Tuesday, September 22, 2015–6:00 PM
Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italy
Isaac Julien - From Ten Thousand Waves to Lina Bo Bardi, via Kapital

This event is part of the New Work in the Arts and Humanities: Bodies of Knowledge series.

To mark the beginning of his residency at the American Academy in Rome, the artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien presents his recent works from Ten Thousand Waves (2010), a response to the Morecambe Bay tragedy in 2004, and PLAYTIME: KAPITAL in 2014, to his contributions to this year’s edition of the Venice Biennale and his current project on the life and work of the Brazilian modernist architect Lina Bo Bardi. The talk will be followed by a conversation with the curator and writer Mark Nash.

Julien has been working on a range of critically acclaimed projects whose collective objective is to break down the barriers that exist between different artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theater, painting, and sculpture, and uniting these to construct powerful visual narratives. Concerned with the experiential and the complex layering of ideas, Julien reveals his artistic and research processes to the audience; the ways in which these works very much lead on from one another and form a certain conceptual trajectory.

Julien’s upcoming work on the seminal figure Lina Bo Bardi builds on and extrapolates from his concerns about individuals deeply affected by the crisis and the global flow of capital. A three-part project, Stones Against Diamonds, the first of which premiered during this year’s Venice Biennale and Art Basel as unique site-specific installations, Julien gives a platform to the breadth of Bo Bardi’s creative impulse and egalitarian beauty of her work.

Julien is the Mary Miss Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the fall 2015. The event will be held in English.

David Stone & Patrizia Cavazzini – Preparing the Artist: Guercino’s Drawings as Experience and Experiment

Tuesday, April 19, 2016–6:00 PM
Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italy
David Stone with Patrizia Cavazzini - Preparing the Artist: Guercino’s Drawings as Experience and Experiment

This event is part of the New Work in the Arts and Humanities: Bodies of Knowledge series.

David Stone, a leading authority on Guercino and Caravaggio, discusses problems of function, technique, mode, narrative and spirituality in the preparatory drawings of Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Il Guercino (1591–1666). How does Guercino’s open-ended design process compare with the rigid pricing system he used for selling his painted works? In conversation with Patrizia Cavazzini, an expert on the economics of baroque art, Stone will try to assess Guercino’s artistic personality, comparing his values and marketing strategies to those of contemporaries such as Guido Reni.

Stone is the James S. Ackerman Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in spring 2016 and professor of art history at the University of Delaware.

The lecture will be held in English.

Adrian Forty – Concrete and Culture

Thursday, April 28, 2016–6:30 PM
AAR Lecture Room
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy
Adrian Forty - Concrete and Culture

Concrete is second only to water as the world’s most ubiquitous and abundant product—around three tons are produced every year for every man woman and child on the planet. The universal medium of construction, it is often blamed for making everywhere the same, erasing nature, and obliterating local differences. Yet as well as being one of the basics of modern life, it is also a medium of culture, through which all kinds of desires and differences are inflected, sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Adrian Forty’s interest has been in how to make sense of this generic substance, which often seems to be taken to stand for matter itself.

The lecture will look at some of the ways in which concrete has operated as a cultural medium, and at how it has affected our perceptions of ourselves and of our relationships to others in the world. Usually regarded as the material of fixity and stability, it turns out, on the contrary, to be one of the most labile substances around.

Forty is the Louis Kahn Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in the spring 2016 and emeritus professor of the history of architecture for the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London.

The lecture will be held in English. You can watch this event live at https://livestream.com/aarome/events/5289442.

David I. Kertzer & Mauro Canali – New Perspectives on the Fascist Ventennio: What the Archives Reveal

Tuesday, February 23, 2016–6:00 PM
Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italy
Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library Lecture - David I. Kertzer and Mauro Canali

This event is part of the New Work in the Arts & Humanities: Bodies of Knowledge series.

Italy has gone through a variety of phases over the past seventy years in trying to come to terms with its Fascist past. Yet this history still remains a painful one. All too often myth and wishful thinking take the place of dispassionate analysis and the facing of uncomfortable truths. In trying to reconstruct this history, deep archival research is essential. Two of the scholars who have published influential archivally based recent work that casts new light on the Fascist period engage in a conversation about how their findings from the archives have brought dominant narratives about this history into question. They discuss what they have found to be the most valuable sources in both the civil and ecclesiastical archives for shedding new light on this history, and they discuss the question of whether all relevant documents have been made available to scholars.

David Kertzer is professor of social science, anthropology, and Italian studies at Brown University (2000 Resident), and Mauro Canali is professor of contemporary history at the University of Camerino.

The event will be held in English and Italian with simultaneous translation available.

With the support of the United States of America Embassy to Italy.

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