January 2018


The Alexandria Quartet

  • Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 6:30pm
Museum of Arts & Design
New York City

Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

Please join us in New York City as André Aciman, Craig Dykers, Elaine Molinar, and Joseph Viscomi discuss their shared connections to the city of Alexandria, Egypt. In his memoir Out of Egypt(1995), André Aciman described the now lost Alexandria of his youth. (Aciman is also the author of Call Me by Your Name, recently adapted into a hit film now in theaters.) Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar’s architecture firm, Snøhetta, designed the Bibliotheca Alexandria in 2002, and the building was movingly defended by citizens of Alexandria during the upheavals of early 2011. And Joseph Viscomi’s first manuscript, tentatively entitled “Out of Time: History, Presence, and the Departure of the Italians of Egypt, 1933–Present,” details how the Italians of Egypt—a population that numbered around 55,000 on the eve of WWII—anticipated, experienced and remembered their departures from Egypt.

Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York (2015 Resident)

Partner, Snøhetta (2015 Resident)

Partner, Snøhetta (2015 Visiting Artist)

Faculty Fellow, Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, New York University (2015 Fellow)

This event is free to the public, however RSVPs are required:


For additional information, please contact Shawn Miller at or 212-751-7200 x344.


Modern Italian Studies Seminar - Leslie Cozzi - Drawing/Diaphragm: The Art of Marisa and Mario Merz

  • Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Installation view of Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 4 – August 20, 2017. Photograph: Brian Forrest.

In 2016, the British School at Rome and the École française de Rome launched the Modern Italian Studies Seminar in Rome. To be hosted by the various foreign academies, the seminar’s aims are to bring together visiting and resident Italianists; to develop a network of scholars in Rome; and to further awareness of newly published material and current research in Italy.

The American Academy in Rome will host Leslie Cozzi, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies at the American Academy in Rome and associate curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, with a presentation entitled Drawing/Diaphragm: The Art of Marisa and Mario Merz.

The presentation will be held in English.

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.