Archive for August, 2010

AAR Announces Schedule for its 1960 Rome Olympics Conference (30 Sep-2 Oct 2010)

August 25, 2010

Uniform for Rome 1960 Italian Olympic team worn by swimmer Luciana Marcellini Hercolani-Gaddi, who competed at age 12–the youngest woman ever for the Summer Games

The 25th of August 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Rome Summer Olympics. The Eternal City commemorated this milestone with a reenactment of the final kilometers of the 1960 torch relay, followed by 17 additional days of celebrations of the XVII Olympiad up through 11 September, the anniversary of the Games’ closing. And starting 30 September the American Academy in Rome will reflect on this anniversary, with a three day conference (Thursday 30 Sep.-Saturday 2 Oct.) and one day exhibition (Friday 1 Oct.) that examines the Rome Games as a cultural turning point.

Invited speakers for the AAR conference include Pulitzer Prize winning writer David Maraniss (author of Rome 1960: The Summer Olympics That Stirred the World), 1960 Olympic gold medallists Lucinda Williams Adams and Rafer Johnson, and a dozen cultural and architectural historians from the US, UK and Italy. An extensive exhibition of Rome 1960 artifacts, curated by sports author Marco Impiglia with the collaboration of Rome Olympian Luciana Marcellini Hercolani-Gaddi, will be on view from 9 AM-6 PM at the AAR on Friday 1 October. Plus there will be an open-air evening screening at the AAR of the new Cinecittà Luce documentary “Sul Filo di Lana”, on the planning and politics of the XVII Olympiad.

You can read more about The 1960 Rome Olympics Conference here, and see both a general and detailed final schedule below (updated 26 September). Preregistration (free) is strongly encouraged; email conference organizer and AAR Mellon Professor Corey Brennan FAAR’88.

OUTLINE SCHEDULE: The 1960 Rome Olympic Games Conference

THURSDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2010 Centro di Studi Americani

Afternoon session keynote paper by David Maraniss + discussion

FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER 2010 American Academy in Rome

All day L’Olimpiade dal volto umano. Artifacts of Rome 1960 from the Collections of Marco Impiglia and Luciana Marcellini Hercolani-Gaddi. Exhibition curated by Marco Impiglia

Morning session 4 papers  + discussion

Afternoon session 4 papers + discussion

Evening session outdoor screening of documentary Sul Filo di Lana

SATURDAY 2 OCTOBER 2010 Walking tour + Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano

Morning session site visit to Palazzetto dello Sport, Villaggio Olimpico, and Foro Italico

Afternoon session at CONI, athletes’ narratives (with presentations by Lucinda Williams Adams and Rafer Johnson); then 2 papers followed by discussion on Roma 1960 and 2020

MONDAY 4 OCTOBER 2010 (associated event, with patrocinio of American Academy in Rome) Reale Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo

Evening Book presentation of David Maraniss, Roma 1960. Le Olimpiadi che cambiarono il mondo (Rizzoli 2010)

DETAILED SCHEDULE: The 1960 Rome Olympic Games Conference

Presented by the American Academy in Rome

30 September—2 October 2010

Organizer: Corey Brennan (American Academy in Rome)

Collaborating institutions:

British School at Rome, Centro Studi Americani, Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano, Embassy of the United States of America, Cinecittà Luce, Reale Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo, Università degli Studi di Roma “Foro Italico”

Thursday 30 September: Centro Studi Americani (via Michelangelo Caetani 32)

4.30 PM Giuliano Amato (President, Centro Studi Americani) and Corey Brennan (AAR) Welcome

5.00 PM Mario Pescante (Vice President, International Olympic Commission) presiding

DAVID MARANISS (The Washington Post) Rome 1960: The Summer Olympics that Stirred the World

Friday 1 October: American Academy in Rome (Via Angelo Masina 5), Lecture Room

9.30 AM Bruno De Lisi (Reale Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo) presiding

CHRISTOPHER S. CELENZA FAAR’94 (Director, American Academy in Rome) Welcome

ANN KEEN (Rutgers University) Definitely Not Lost in Translation: Nervi’s Olympic Architecture in the Global Media

MARZIA MARANDOLA (Università degli Studi di Roma ‘Tor Vergata’) Pier Luigi Nervi e Riccardo Morandi: I migliori ingegneri italiani costruiscono la Roma delle Olimpiadi del 1960

11.00-11.15 AM break

11.15 AM Maria Grazia D’Amelio (Università degli Studi di Roma ‘Tor Vergata’) presiding

MARIDA TALAMONA (Università degli Studi Roma Tre) Il Villaggio olimpico (1958-1960)

ALICIA IMPERIALE (Temple University) The Olympic Village, Rome 1960—2010

1.00-2.30 PM break

2.30 PM Simona Salvo (Università degli Studi di Camerino) presiding

SUSAN SCHAFER (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) The Need for a New Monumentality: Marcello Piacentini, L’EUR and Architectural Planning for the 1960 Rome Olympic Games

MANUEL CRESCIANI (Northumbria University) Roma 1960, Pier Luigi Nervi’s Collaborations: Myths and Truths

4.00-4.15 PM break

4.15 PM Fabio Pigozzi (Università degli Studi di Roma ‘Foro Italico’) presiding

NADIA ZONIS (City University of New York) The Next Rome: How the 1960 Olympics Made the Modern City

RITA LIBERTI (California State University, East Bay) & MAUREEN SMITH (California State University, Sacramento) Running with a Story: The US Media and the Construction of Wilma Rudolph as a Cold War Icon

9.00 PM World premiere screening of Sul Filo di Lana: Roma e la sua Olimpiade, new (2010) Cinecittà Luce documentary on 1960 Rome Olympic Games. Directed by LEONARD TIBERI

Saturday 2 October: Flaminio area + Foro Italico

9.30 AM PAOLO PEDINELLI (Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano) and COREY BRENNAN (AAR) Walking tour for pre-registered participants including Palazzetto dello Sport, Villaggio Olimpico and Foro Italico

1.00-2.30 PM break

Afternoon session at Salone D’Onore del CONI = Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano, Palazzo H (Largo Lauro De Bosis, 15)

2.30 PM Luciana Marcellini Hercolani-Gaddi (Rome; 1960 Olympian for Italy) presiding.

Athletes’ experiences of the XVII Olympiad, with two featured speakers

LUCINDA WILLIAMS ADAMS (Dayton Ohio; 1960 Olympic gold medalist in 4X100m relay) The 1960 Rome Olympics: The Close-up, Personal Memories of an Athlete

RAFER JOHNSON (Los Angeles California; 1960 gold medalist in decathlon; 1956 Olympic silver medalist in decathlon) Remembering Rome 1960: The Days and the Moments that will be in my Heart Forever

4.00-4.15 PM break

4.15 PM Christopher S. Celenza (Director, American Academy in Rome) presiding

From Roma 1960—to Roma 2020?

SIMON MARTIN (University of Hertfordshire / British School at Rome) Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World…but not Italy

JUDITH GRANT LONG (Harvard University, Graduate School of Design) A Survey of Approaches to Planning for the Olympic Games

6:00 PM Fausto Milano (Reale Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo) moderating

Imagining a Sustainable Olympics for the Eternal City: A Moderated Discussion


Monday 4 October (evening): Reale Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo (Lungotevere in Augusta, 28)

Book presentation of DAVID MARANISS, Roma 1960. Le Olimpiadi che cambiarono il mondo (Rizzoli 2010). With the patrocinio of the American Academy in Rome. Email Corey Brennan for details.

For more information:

Anne Coulson Tel. +39 06 584 6431, email here

Milena Sales Tel. +1 212 751 7200 ext. 36, email here

To preregister for the conference (free), email here


Photographic Project by Academy Alumni for a New Museum in Tuscany

August 23, 2010

Roccalbegna (1296), a Sienese-founded town on the slopes of the Monte Amiata. Credit: Alex MacLean

Alex MacLean (FAAR’04 in Landscape Architecture) and David Friedman (FAAR’89 in History of Art, RAAR’04) met at the Academy in 2004. Alex is an architect, pilot, and aerial photographer and David an architectural historian. They discovered a mutual interest in planned towns and led a number of van trips around Lazio that year.  Oriolo Romano, San Martino al Cimino, S. Gregorio da Sassola, Zagarolo, Pratica, and Sabaudia were some of their destinations.

In 2009 and 2010 MacLean and Friedman have been collaborating on a photographic campaign for the Comune of San Giovanni for a museum about medieval founded towns, of which San Giovanni is a particularly fine example. The new Museum is being installed in the fourteenth century building that stands in the middle of the town’s main square. Built as the residence of the Florentine official that oversaw the town for the city from its foundation in 1299, it has been the seat of government in San Giovanni until a few years ago when the mayor and the administration moved to more modern quarters at the edge of town. A comprehensive restoration by the architectural firm of Guicciardini and Magni (who also designed the recently reopened Museum of Science in Florence) has adapted the building to its new function. (more…)

AAR Announces The 1960 Rome Olympic Games Conference, 30 Sep-2 Oct 2010

August 9, 2010

Leonardo Tiberi’s documentary on the 1960 Games Sul Filo di Lana will be screened at the Academy on the evening of Friday 1 October

The American Academy in Rome is proud to present The 1960 Rome Olympic Games Conference, a comprehensive forum commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics.  The multi-disciplinary three-day conference on the Olympics that changed Rome, revived Italy and captivated the world will take place in Rome across several institutions from Thursday 30 September until Saturday 2 October 2010.  In addition to scholarly presentations, site visits will be held in Rome’s Villaggio Olimpico and Foro Italico the morning of 2 October. (more…)

Looking Back at the 2010 AAR Summer Program in Roman Pottery

August 7, 2010

Kristina Neumann is a PhD candidate in the Classics Department of University of Cincinnati; her current focus is on imperial Roman history with an emphasis on the social interaction between empire and frontier. She offered to the SOF Weblog the following reflections on her experiences in June and July as a member of the Academy’s Howard Comfort FAAR’29 Summer Program in Roman Pottery.

“The person who chooses to study ancient ceramics enters a world that is narrow, frustrating and truly like none other.  These individuals—otherwise known as ‘sherd nerds’—enjoy putting together puzzles where half the pieces are guaranteed missing.  They have the patience to contemplate a single curve of a lonely fragment and to wonder for hours if a rim is ‘hooked’ or ‘beaded’.  Their hearts warm to an equal degree whether their fingers trace the delicate molded pattern on a serving dish or the sandpapery surface of a charred cooking pot.” (more…)