Archive for July, 2010

27 July Livestream: AAR and NPR Discuss Future of News in the Digital World

July 24, 2010

On Tuesday 27 July 2010 the American Academy in Rome and NPR (National Public Radio) co-hosted a public program on “The Future of News in the Digital World.” Academy Director Christopher Celenza (FAAR’94) moderated a discussion between Vivian Schiller, President and CEO of NPR, and Sylvia Poggioli, NPR Senior European Correspondent.

The event was live streamed Tuesday 27 July at 6 PM Rome time, with an email forum for questions, that allowed for participation from audiences globally. Above you can view a recording of the program, which runs for approximately 72 minutes.  (more…)


In Rome, AAR Collaborates with Acqua Paola Theater Group for N[ever]land Digital Arts Event

July 19, 2010

At the Fontanone, the flow of water stops only for performances

The American Academy, in collaboration with its (very near) neighbors at the Giardino della Mostra dell’Acqua Paola, was a sponsor of the 7th edition 
of the multimedia event “n[ever]land: percorsi al digitale“. It took place on five consecutive nights, from Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 July, in one of the most dramatic 
performance spaces in Rome: the theater space inside the Acqua Paola structure.

N[ever]land founder and Acqua Paola artistic director Enzo Aronica curated the program, that alternated screenings, projections, interviews, and live musical and dramatic performances, all in a monumental Baroque setting that towers over the city from the Gianicolo. Highlights included a spoken voice performance of a text from Claudio Magris by Valeria Ciangottini (whose acting credits start with Fellini’s 1960 La Dolce Vita); a discussion with video artist Jacopo Rondinelli featuring pre-screenings of his latest work; and a mesmerizing interactive set by Canecane electronic artists Fabio Recchia and Lele Tomasi, who mystified the audience by making good on their promise to “play the air”. You can see the full 2010 n[ever]land program here. (more…)

In Rome, an Open Studio Event by Flavio Favelli, AAR Italian Fellow in the Arts

July 13, 2010

Flavio Favelli in his AAR studio

Born in Florence in 1967, artist Flavio Favelli lives and works in Savigno, near Bologna. Since April, Favelli has been in residence at the American Academy in Rome as an Italian Fellow in the Arts. On Monday evening 12 July, more than 300 artists, gallerists and collectors joined the Academy community at an informal open studio where Favelli showed some of his current work. The focus in his pavillion studio was on a series of imposing yet radiant furniture-like constructions—entitled Mobilia—each bathed in neon light that grew ever stronger as dusk gave way to nightfall.

Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, a curator at MAXXI, characterized Favelli’s work for this show as a “sober and secular Baroque” and observed that in the show’s placement in the AAR pavillion, here “the artist has constructed a series of works that…interact with the architecture and in their totality constitute an environment.” (more…)

In Rome, Taking Stock of a Fast-paced June at the Academy

July 1, 2010

Before dinner in the AAR Cortile, Wednesday 30 June

Today—the first of July—formally starts the term of the new Director of the American Academy in Rome, Christopher Celenza (FAAR’94), as well as the new Andrew Heiskell Arts Director Karl Kirchwey (FAAR’95). Each arrives at the AAR early next week. In the short interval, it seems worth reflecting on the busy last month of Carmela Vircillo Franklin (FAAR’85, RAAR’02), who directed the Academy from 2005-2010; of her husband, R. William Franklin, Associate Director for External Affairs during that same period; and of Martin Brody, Heiskell Arts Director (January 2008—June 2010).

For June, events at the Academy included a high-level public dialogue on improvisation, a visit by Fellows to the magnificent villa that housed the AAR for twelve of its first years, a reading by noted writer Jamaica Kincaid, a presentation on exploring the subterranean Eternal City, and an international conference on Sigmund Freud and Rome. Plus this short month saw the opening of four separate summer programs at the Academy, an end of year reception for the Friends of the Academy in Italy, and farewells to the departing leadership by the staff of the AAR.