Updating the Academy: the Latest Number of the SOF News

SOF News cover from “Valentino a Roma: 45 Years of Style,” a show at Rome’s Ara Pacis

“This issue of the SOF News”, writes newsletter Editor James L. Bodnar (FAAR’80), “has, in the tradition of Janus, a group of articles that look to both the past and the future.” Members of the Academy’s Society of Fellows will already have received the fall 2009 issue in their mailboxes; and everyone can download a digital copy of this semiannual publication here.

In this number of the SOF News, the article Soft Infrastructure, by Guy J. P. Nordenson (RAAR’09) and Catherine Seavitt Nordenson (FAAR’98), “looks at the historic role of flooding in Rome and the potential for future flood control in New York”. Richard Meier’s Ara Pacis—A Drive-By Recollection, by Michael Gruber (FAAR’96) “recalls the initial design process for the Ara Pacis Museum and considers the reactions to the completed building.” James Bodnar interviews AAR Andrew Heiskell Arts Director Martin Brody (RAAR’02), and poet Sarah Arvio (FAAR’04) in Master and Torso offers recent work that arose out of her Lectureship at Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

Michael Gruber, “Field measurements of the Ara Pacis in the manner of Robert Mangurian and M.A. Ray”

There’s more. Eileen Gardiner and Ronald G. Musto (FAAR’79) in The ACLS History E-Book Project: 10 Years Later: A Tribute to John D’Arms [RAAR’72, 84], examine “a 10-year effort to digitally publish a large collection of monographs and investigates how new technologies might shift publishing and research methods, thanks to the vision of a past AAR director.” AAR VP for Development, Elizabeth Gray Kogen, describes how “a tradition of sharing the fellowship year with Italian artists and scholars has been restored thanks to the McKim Medal Gala in Rome.” And lots of updates on alumni/ae publications, exhibitions, and awards, as well as remembrances.

James L. Bodnar (FAAR’80) edits the SOF News. Serving as Co-Editors are Joanne Spurza (FAAR’89) and Catherine Seavitt Nordenson (FAAR’98). Joel Katz (FAAR’03) designs the News, with help from Ari Winkleman. Copyediting is by Jane Barry.

McKim Meade & White building, watercolor by William Turnbull (FAAR’80)

From the AAR Commencement ceremony, McKim Meade & White cortile, Spring 2009

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