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May 2018

SHOPTALKS

Allen Frame – Asylum, Community, and Taboo

  • Wednesday, 2 May 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Allen Frame will discuss new work, including three pieces incorporating found photographs, drawings, and texts. The projects focus on: a young Russian high school teacher of history is fired in Moscow for posting on Facebook that he’s gay; a Polish émigré artist and an American psychoanalyst create their own family and acceptance among their circle of gay friends in New York; and a connection is made between a brother, sister, and lover in 1860s Mississippi and a similar threesome in Fascist wartime Italy.

Allen Frame is the Abigail Cohen Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts at the American Academy in Rome and an adjunct professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute.

The event will be held in English.

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

SHOPTALKS

Abigail DeVille – Only When It’s Dark Enough Can you See the Stars

  • Thursday, 3 May 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

Abigail DeVille will discuss the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Mountaintop Speech” as a point of direct inspiration, visual cues, and time travel through space and time into the interior of black holes.

Abigail DeVille is the Chuck Close/Henry W. and Marian T. Mitchell Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts at the American Academy in Rome. She lives and works in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

The event will be held in English. You can watch it livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome.

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

SHOPTALKS

Sanford Biggers – Spolia and Future Ethnographies

  • Monday, 7 May 2018 - 6:30pm
Studio 404
Rome

Sanford Biggers will discuss the politics of materials, process, and display through new works, including a series of bronze and marble sculptures, mixed-media paintings, public installation, set design, and performance.

Sanford Biggers is the Harold M. English Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts at the American Academy in Rome. He lives and works in New York.

The event will be held in English.

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

Exhibition Opening

Yto Barrada, The Dye Garden

  • Thursday, 10 May 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
AAR Gallery
Rome
Yto Barrada, still from Tree Identification for Beginners, 2017, 16mm, digital video, color, sound, 36 minutes. A Performa 17 commission for Afroglossa, curated by Adrienne Edwards (artwork © Yto Barrada)

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.

This exhibition features new work by the acclaimed Franco-Moroccan artist Yto Barrada, who is at the forefront of international artists reconfiguring the models established by the Orientalist tradition and its echoes in modern art. She explores the landscape and culture of North Africa as it was understood and trafficked in the colonial and postcolonial eras. Her work in various media riffs on modernist works by American or European artists who have traveled in or represented Morocco, reinterpreting their canonical abstract motifs through the lens of decorative traditions characteristic of the Maghreb. Playfully subversive, Barrada often approaches serious issues through the self-conscious fake or the medium of children's toys, the means through which insidious ideas were reinforced. In doing so, she undermines both the ideological foundations of the EastWest divide and the mechanisms used to perpetuate it.

Barrada studied history and political science at the Sorbonne and photography in New York. She is the founding director of Cinémathèque de Tanger, dedicated to the circulation and preservation of film in Morocco. Barrada’s work in photography, film, sculpture, prints, and installation began by exploring the peculiar situation of her hometown, Tangier. Her work has been exhibited at Tate Modern (London), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Renaissance Society (Chicago), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Haus der Kunst (Munich), the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Whitechapel Gallery (London), and the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennale. She was the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year for 2011. A comprehensive monograph of her work was published by JRP | Ringier in 2013. She is a recipient of the 2013 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University and was awarded the 2015 Abraaj Group Prize for Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian artists.

Her exhibition Agadir is on view at the Barbican in London through 20 May 2018. Pace Gallery in New York has staged a survey of her work, titled How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself, that is open until 5 May.

Yto Barrada is the Roy Lichtenstein Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. The Dye Garden is curated by Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome. This exhibition is made possible by the Roy Lichtenstein Artist in Residence Fund and the Embassy of the United States of America to Italy. 

COLLATERAL EVENTS

Keynote Lecture
Avinoam Shalem
Through the Backdoor: The Histories of 'Islamic' Art and Architecture in Italy
17 May 2018
6:30pm, Lecture Room

Conference
Islamic Art and Architecture in Italy: Between Tradition and Innovation
18 May 2018
10:00am–6:00pm, Lecture Room

GALLERY HOURS

Thursday–Saturday, 4:00–7:00pm
10 May–8 July 2018

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

Tour

Open House Roma

  • Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
McKim, Mead & White Building
Rome

The American Academy in Rome will be participating in the seventh edition of Open House Roma and will offer guided tours in Italian of the McKim, Mead & White Building, including the Cortile, Arthur and Janet C. Ross Library, and Bass Garden.

Tours are free of charge and registration is required. The registration site will open on April 30, 2018.

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

Keynote Lecture

Avinoam Shalem – Through the Backdoor: The Histories of 'Islamic' Art and Architecture in Italy

  • Thursday, 17 May 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
The Great Synagogue in Florence. Viewed from a side door street. Photo: Avinoam Shalem (January 2018).

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.

Introducing the main themes of the symposium, Islamic Art and Architecture in Italy: Between Tradition and Innovation, taking place at the American Academy in Rome on 18 May, Avinoam Shalem sets the methodological and historiographic stage for the proceedings.

Mainly discussed as part of European popular culture and being categorized and, to some extent, underestimated as exotica, the oriental carnival of 1886 organized within the neighborhood of the ancient Jewish Ghetto in Florence, located to the south of the present Piazza della Repubblica, serves as the starting point for this lecture. Reconstructed as the “City of Baghdad,” this carnival created a tableau vivant (living picture) of the Orient in the quotidian life of Florence. Its timing, namely shortly after the modern planning of this area as the main open public space at the time that Florence was the capital of the Italian State (between 1865 and 1871) and just before the Ghetto’s demolition, underscores the rapidly falling dusk of “Orientalism” in favor of historicism and national modernism. But it also hints at the long tradition of blurring the borders between Islam and Judaism in the Italian-speaking zone, either deliberately or innocuously. In this lecture the specific choices and cases of linking Judaism and Islam will be discussed in order to suggest a long durèe of alternative “Backdoor History” for understanding the reception of Islamic art and architecture in Italy and for the making of its Image.

Avinoam Shalem is the Riggio Professor of the arts of Islam at the Columbia University. His main field of interest is in medieval artistic interactions in the Mediterranean basin, medieval aesthetic and the historiography of the field of art history. Among his recent publications: Reconstructing the Image of the Prophet in Europe (2013); The Image of the Prophet between Ideal and Ideology: A Scholarly Investigation (with Christiane J. Gruber, 2014); Gazing Otherwise: Modalities of Seeing In and Beyond the Lands of Islam (with Olga Bush, 2015); and The Chasuble of Thomas Beck: A Biography (2017). He cocurated the exhibition The Future of Tradition: The Tradition of Future at the Haus der Kunst, Munich (2010) and is currently directing the research projects When Nature Becomes Ideology: Palestine after 1947. Shalem was a Resident at the American Academy in Rome in 2016.

The event will be held in English. You can watch it livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome.

This lecture is made possible in part by the Embassy of the United States of America to Italy. 

COLLATERAL EVENTS

Conference
Islamic Art and Architecture in Italy: Between Tradition and Innovation
18 May 2018
10:00am–6:00pm, Lecture Room

Exhibition
Yto Barrada, The Dye Garden
Thursday–Saturday, 4:00–7:00pm
10 May–8 July 2018

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

Conference

Islamic Art and Architecture in Italy: Between Tradition and Innovation

  • Friday, 18 May 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Partita a Scacchi, Cappella Palatina, Palermo

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.

Gli Arabi in Italia, edited by Francesco Gabrieli and Umberto Scerrato and published in 1979, remains an inescapable, richly illustrated compendium for those interested in the wide variety of objects and monuments linked to Islamic culture in Italy. This conference critically investigates the origins of this influential volume, and the scholarly approaches and assumptions that shaped it, in order to contextualize more recent avenues of inquiry in the field.

Much has changed in the past forty years as scholarship about the Islamic presence in Italy and its legacy has been conditioned by a renewed attention to material culture, on the one hand, and a widespread interest in the Islamic world, on the other. Focusing on the latest methodologies used to analyze the categories of objects documented by Gabrieli, Scerrato and their collaborators—including ceramics, rock crystal, metalwork, and architecture—we can track the ongoing transformation and most up to date findings of this dynamic and multifaceted field. Featuring leading scholars from Italy, the United States and Europe, the conference aims to create a meaningful dialogue between the historiographical tradition culminating in the volume Gli Arabi in Italia and the innovative methods that have emerged since its publication.

The keynote address on May 17 at 6:30pm will be delivered by Avinoam Shalem, the Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam at Columbia University.

The conference is organized by Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome, and Silvia Armando, Italian Fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 2017. It is made possible in part by the Embassy of the United States of America to Italy.

The event will be held in English and Italian. Most of the presentations will be livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome.

COLLATERAL EVENTS

Keynote Lecture
Avinoam Shalem
Through the Backdoor: The Histories of 'Islamic' Art and Architecture in Italy
17 May 2018
6:30pm, Lecture Room

Exhibition
Yto Barrada, The Dye Garden
Thursday–Saturday, 4:00–7:00pm
10 May–8 July 2018

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

Conference

Digital Humanities for Academic and Curatorial Practice

  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Thursday, 24 May 2018 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Biblioteca Angelica and AAR
Rome

The digital humanities have challenged all disciplines of art history to engage with new interdisciplinary methodologies, learn new tools, and reevaluate their roles within academia. As a consequence, art historians occupy a new position in relation to the object of study. Museums have been equally transformed. The possibility of creating virtual realities for lost or inaccessible monuments poses a new relationship between viewer and object in gallery spaces. Digital-humanities interventions in museums even allow us to preserve the memory of endangered global-heritage sites which cease to exist or are inaccessible (such as the lost Great Arch of Palmyra, reconstructed at monumental scale with a 3D printer). Digital Humanities for Academic and Curatorial Practice is a public conference presented by the Rome Art History Network that will take place May 23–24, 2018, at the Biblioteca Angelica di Roma and the American Academy in Rome. The conference aims to investigate the role of digital humanities by promoting a dialogue about the protection of cultural-heritage sites, museology, the history of art, and the digitalization of Big Data. In particular, the speakers will consider whether the role of digital humanities is to “reveal” evidence through empirical display or to “reconstruct” the original experience of the object to engage viewers? Can we propose a reconciliation between these two “poles”? Keynote speakers will include Caroline Bruzelius (Professor of Art History, Duke University), Valeria Vitale (Research Fellow, University of London), Bissera Pentcheva (Professor of Medieval Art, Stanford University, and 2018 Rome Prize Fellow), and Allison Levy (Digital Scholarship Editor, Brown University).

The conference is organized by Angelica Federici (University of Cambridge and RAHN) and Joseph Williams (Duke University and 2018 Rome Prize Fellow) and coordinated by Matteo Piccioni (Sapienza - Università di Roma and RAHN).

23 May 2018
2:00–6:00pm
Biblioteca Angelica
Piazza S. Agostino, 8
Rome

24 May 2018
2:00–6:00pm
American Academy in Rome
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome

The event will be held in English and Italian. On May 24, you can watch it livestreamed at the Academy https://livestream.com/aarome.

This conference is made possible in part by the Fellows’ Project Fund of the American Academy in Rome.

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

Seminar

The Living Art of the Past – Tanja Michalsky

  • Friday, 25 May 2018 - 5:00pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome

This series of seminars presents the work of established and young scholars of medieval art in Italy, fostering conversations about the new research directions in the field and exploring the ways in which this art of the past lives and has resonance in the present. The seminars also aim to cultivate relationships between the AAR fellows and scholars from across the national academies and universities in Rome. Each session will feature a talk, Q&A and a discussion of a short precirculated paper.

The seminars are organized by AAR Fellows Bissera V. Pentcheva, Anna Majeski, and Joseph Williams. Please email amajeski23@gmail.com to RSVP and for the distribution of short readings.

All seminars take place at 5:00pm in the AAR lecture room. The seminars will be held in English.

April 6
Professor Valentino Pace, emeritus, Università degli Studi di Udine
Issues in the Art Historical Research of Medieval Southern Italy

May 25
Professor Tanja Michalsky, Executive Director of the Biblioteca Hertziana
Mapping Italy – from Paolino Minorita to Flavio Biondo

June 22
Professor Beat Brenk, emeritus, Universität Basel and La Sapienza
The Cappella Palatina in Palermo

This project is made possible by the Fellows Project Fund of the American Academy in Rome.

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

Lecture

Teresita Fernández – Wayfinding: Bamboo Cinema, Blind Landscape, Fata Morgana

  • Tuesday, 29 May 2018 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room
Rome
Fata Morgana, 2015. Design: Teresita Fernandez in collaboration with Situ Studios. Fabrication: Adirondack Studios.

The artist Teresita Fernández will discuss her experiential works, which rethink the meaning of landscape and place, inspired, too, by diverse historical and cultural references. Her large-scale works play with scale, site, and material to explore how we construct and navigate places visually, physically, socially, and culturally. The idea of wayfinding—moving from place to place or even getting lost—is critical to understanding Fernández’s approach, which incorporates unconventional materials, such as graphite, pyrite, gold, and malachite, to explore how we look at and process our surroundings, from the celestial to the subterranean, the intimate to the immense, along the way pointing to erased historical narratives, as well as the potentially democratic aspects of public art. The lecture will trace Fernández’s works as a constellation of site-specific installations and historical references that inform and explore the psychology of looking in her immersive art.

Fernández is a 2005 MacArthur Foundation fellow and the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Artist’s Grant, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she is the first Latina to serve on the US Commission of Fine Arts. Her works are included in many prominent collections and have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California; and Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy, among others. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Teresita Fernández is the Deenie Yudell Resident in the Visual Arts in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

The event will be held in English. You can watch this event livestreamed at https://livestream.com/aarome.

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