Looking back, a week of November events at the American Academy in Rome

As the American Academy prepares for its Giorno del Ringraziamento (=Thanksgiving) festivities, there’s something to be said for taking stock—if only of events of the days leading up to the holiday.

Those events included two shop talks by current Fellows (filmmaker Abigail Child, typographer Russell Maret), a commemoration of the life of Roman historian Lily Ross Taylor (FAAR’18) by Mellon Professor Corey Brennan, a moonlit “walk and talk” for members of the Academy community along the Tiber (with contributions by Fellows Robert Hammond and Kiel Moe), a fireside chat by Rachel Donadio (Rome Bureau Chief for The New York Times),  a marathon of contemporary music at the Villa Aurelia under the auspices of the Nuova Consonanza artistic circle (with performances by Fellows Lisa Bielawa and Don Byron), and a visit by the newly appointed US Ambassador to the Italian Republic and San Marino, David H. Thorne. All that was over eight—not atypical—days in all. A few glimpses of that week can be found below…

Monday 23 November, at the AAR’s McKim, Mead & White building: reception for US Ambassador to Italy David H. Thorne. From left: Rose Thorne, Ambassador Thorne, AAR President Adele Chatfield-Taylor (FAAR’84), Christoph Riedweg (Director, Istituto Svizzero di Roma).

Saturday 21 November, at the AAR’s Villa Aurelia: the 46th Festival of Nuova Consonanza. Performing ‘Multipla’ by 2009 AAR McKim Medalist Ennio Moricone (from left), vocalists Sandra Del MaroPatrizia Rotonda, Monica Demuru.

Saturday 21 November, Nuova Consonanza festival: Gianni Trovalusci (left) and David Ryan rehearse for “Lucrezio—frammenti per audio e video”.

Friday 20 November, McKim, Mead & White building: fireside chat in the Academy salone with journalist Rachel Donadio, Rome Bureau Chief for The New York Times. Donadio discussed current developments in Italian politics and also the Vatican.

Thursday 19 November, Isola Tiberina: AAR group at the installation “Frontier” by American multimedia artist Doug Aitken.

Thursday 19 November, Isola Tiberina: current Fellow Kiel Moe presents to AAR group on the Ponte Fabricio—Rome’s oldest functioning bridge, built 62 BC.

Wednesday 18 November, AAR Lecture Room: AAR Mellon Professor Corey Brennan lectured on “Lily Ross Taylor’s Rome”, on the 40th anniversary of the historian’s death. Above: excerpt from Taylor’s April 1924 posting on news from Italy for Current History magazine. She posted 21 such reports—not noted in any bibliography— in the period 1923-1925.

Wednesday 18 November: contemporaneous with Lily Ross Taylor’s first term as Professor-in-Charge at the Academy (1934-1935) is this clip from December 1934 on the ‘Accademia Americana di Belle Arti a Roma’ (Giornale Luce B0593). Credit: Archivio Storico Istituto Luce.


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