Archive for September, 2010

‘A Question of Time’: AAR Photographic Archive Exhibition Pairs the Contemporary and Historical

September 25, 2010

Tim Davis FAAR’08, Aqueduct Golf (The New Antiquity) (2009)

On Friday evening 24 September 2010 the American Academy Gallery hosted more than 250 visitors at the opening of an ambitious photographic exhibition, A Question of Time. The show, which runs through 15 October 2010, is part of the ninth edition of FotoGrafia: Festival Internazionale di Roma (24 September-24 October 2010). See here for a slide show of selected works on view at the AAR.

The Question of Time exhibition is the culmination of a two-year project directed by Alessandra Capodiferro (Curator of the AAR Photographic Archive), Marco Delogu (Director of the Rome International FotoGrafia Festival), and Lavinia Ciuffa (Curatorial Assistant of the AAR Photographic Archive). In all, the project comprised two workshops, two exhibitions (the first was staged in June 2009), and a catalogue. Throughout, work focused on the Aurelian walls and the city outside the walls—the famous Campagna Romana. (more…)

In Rome, 2010/11 Programming for Fellows Kicks Off with Forum Walk, Gallery Visit

September 18, 2010

Forum from upper story of Atrium of Vestals, a site of current AAR excavations

One of the most prized traditions of the American Academy in Rome is its series of walks and talks, a collaborative enterprise where Fellows explore the city or (often) points further afield under expert direction by one or more group leaders. On a given occasion the leadership might come from a member of the Rome staff, a current Fellow, a Resident, an Academy Trustee, an authority from beyond the walls of the Academy, or any combination of the above.

On the afternoon of Thursday 16 September, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Corey Brennan FAAR’88 kicked off the 2011/11 series of walks and talks with an introduction to the Forum in its modern context. Over 40 members of the community—including Fellows’ children—took in a dozen or so high points of the civic center of ancient Rome. The special focus was on 19th and 20th century reconstruction efforts, plus the history of Academy excavations in the Forum (most recently, those of former Mellon Professor Russell T. Scott FAAR’64, RAAR’79 in the Atrium of the Vestal Virgins), all as a springboard for future visits. (more…)