Archive for October, 2009

Three Exhibitions and a Monograph for Richard Barnes FAAR’06

October 31, 2009

AnimalLogicFrom the cover of Richard Barnes’ new book (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009)

The work of New York-based photographer Richard Barnes, FAAR’06, is the subject of three exhibitions and a new monograph.

The University of Michigan Art Museum in Ann Arbor has just opened a Barnes solo show titled (Un)natural History: The Museum Unveiled. And an exhibition titled Past Perfect/Future Tense features all new work and is located at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan where Richard Barnes is the 2009 Sidman Fellow for the Arts. Included in this show is a full scale cast of a primitive whale species hung from the ceiling of the gallery.



At the AAR: Celebrating Nancy A. Winter, Honoring Antonio Martina

October 23, 2009

Symbols2On Tuesday 20 October 2009 the American Academy in Rome celebrated the publication of Symbols of Wealth and Power: Architectural Terracotta Decoration in Etruria and Central Italy, 640-510 B.C. by Nancy A. Winter. It is the latest installment, the 9th, in the Supplements to the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, published by the University of Michigan Press, and the most significant contribution to Etruscan architectural history in the last 70 years.

Nancy Winter presented on her new monumental book—some 728 pages—with Ingrid E.M. Edlund-Berry (FAAR’84) of the University of Texas at Austin as commentator. The audience included many of the leading ancient terracotta experts in the world, gathered in Rome for the conference Deliciae Fictiles IV at the Dutch Academy, as well as members of the AAR community.  (more…)

At the AAR Gallery, Meteor Stream: Recital in Four Dominions, by Terry Adkins After John Brown

October 17, 2009

Terry Adkins, Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, is the current Jesse Howard, Jr./Jacob H. Lazarus-Metropolitan Museum of Art Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts at the American Academy in Rome. On Friday 16 October 2009 his show Meteor Stream: Recital in Four Dominions opened in the Gallery of the American Academy, to a large and responsive audience from the AAR and the Roman public. Read a synopsis and interview with Adkins (in Italian, by Giovanna Sarno) here.

Meteor Stream is the latest incarnation of Terry Adkins’ ongoing cycle of site-inspired recitals on the abolitionist John Brown that began in 1999 at the John Brown House and sheep farm in Akron, Ohio. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of his Harper’s Ferry, Virginia campaign, the opening of Meteor Stream coincided with the inception of Brown’s 16 October 1859 raid on a U.S. armory to his execution by hanging on that December 2nd at Charles Town (West Virginia). (more…)

Book launch at the AAR: Oretta Zanini De Vita’s Encyclopedia of Pasta

October 15, 2009

966_AAR_PastyParty_003Credit: Annie Schlechter

An audience of more than one hundred packed the American Academy in Rome on Saturday morning 10 October 2009 for the launch of the English translation of Oretta Zanini De Vita’s Encyclopedia of Pasta (2009). The book is a carefully researched compendium of historical and geographical information on this staple of the Italian diet, and is the latest installment in the California Studies in Food and Culture series of the University of California Press.

Rachel Donadio in the 14 October 2009 New York Times profiled Zanini De Vita’s Encyclopedia, terming it “a social history disguised as a food book”.  The New York Times article also highlighted the warm reception Oretta Zanini De Vita has received at the Academy. “’I think of her as a kind of Julia Child,’ said Mona Talbott, the executive chef at the American Academy in Rome and coordinator of its Rome Sustainable Food Project, founded by Alice Waters. ‘Julia Child demystified French food. Oretta demystifies pasta.'” You can read eyewitness accounts of the 10 October AAR event by current Fellow Matthew Bronski here (“Week Five”) and by Fellow Traveler (and food expert) Amy Campion here. (more…)

From the town of Ciciliano in Lazio, a notable tribute to Lily Ross Taylor FAAR’18

October 12, 2009

CicLibLRTPortrait bust of Lily Ross Taylor in the AAR Library

This 18 November marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Lily Ross Taylor (1886-1969) FAAR’18, who is widely and justifiably regarded as one of the foremost Romanists that North America has produced. During her career at Vassar and (especially) Bryn Mawr, Taylor produced six books—each of unusual importance—some seventy articles and almost sixty reviews.  Taylor also was the first woman to hold a Rome Prize in the united American Academy in Rome, and served as Professor-in-Charge at the AAR during two pivotal eras (1934-1935, and 1951-1955).

In one of her essays that appeared in Memoirs of the American Academy of Rome, Taylor surveyed the vexed problem of the location of the ancient municipality of ancient Trebula Suffenas, before definitively placing its location in the territory of modern Ciciliano, 13 km east of Tivoli in Lazio. Here Taylor also traced the whole story of the town’s Plautii Silvani, a powerful family that formed part of the circle of the emperor Augustus and his wife Livia. This past weekend a cultural association from the town of Ciciliano “Committee Article 9” paid tribute to Lily Ross Taylor and her 1954 article “Trebula Suffenas and the Plautii Silvani” by naming a piazza and adjoining garden in her honor, complete with a memorial stele. (more…)

Celebrating art historian Stephanie Leone FAAR’00 at the Palazzo Pamphilj in Piazza Navona

October 9, 2009


The magnificent Galleria Cortona of the Brazilian Embassy in Rome’s Piazza Navona was the setting Thursday 8 October for a presentation and panel discussion of the recent book of Stephanie Leone FAAR’00, The Palazzo Pamphili in Piazza Navona:  Constructing Identity in Early Modern Rome (Harvey Miller/ Brepols, 2008).

Stephanie Leone, a 2001 Ph.D. in Art History from Rutgers University, is associate professor in the Fine Arts department of Boston College. Aurimar Jacobino de Barros Nunes, Primo Segretario at the Embassy of Brazil in Rome, organized the event in collaboration with Anne Coulson from the Programs Department of the American Academy in Rome. (more…)

A Cabaret for the Academy, Wednesday 2 December 09 in NYC

October 8, 2009


Get ready for a great party: the American Academy in Rome Cabaret, the evening of Wednesday 2 December 2009, in New York City.

Performers include Laurie Anderson, RAAR’06, Derek Bermel, FAAR’02, Molissa Fenley, FAAR’08…and more. The venue is hard to beat: the Angel Orensanz Foundation at 172 Norfolk Street, in New York’s Lower East Side.  It’s an ex-synagogue turned downtown event space. (more…)