Archive for February, 2011

Princeton’s Leonard Barkan (RAAR’10) is the 2011 Jerome Lecturer

February 25, 2011

The Jerome Lectures are one of the premier international venues for presenting important work in Roman history and culture and its subsequent reception. In the course of five presentations from 9 through 16 March 2011, Leonard Barkan, the 40th speaker in the series, will explore connections in the Renaissance between what is called “high culture”—poems, paintings, musical composition—and the world of eating and drinking. Leonard Barkan (RAAR’10) is the Class of 1943 Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University and Director, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

Thomas Spencer Jerome (1864-1914) was a socially prominent American lawyer and afficionado of Roman history who lived on Capri from 1899 until his death. In his will he endowed a series of lectures to be jointly administered by the University of Michigan and the American Academy in Rome, and delivered at both institutions. First delivered in 1929/1930 and then not again not until 1947/1948, the Jerome Lectures then rapidly emerged as one of the most prestigious international venues for presenting important work in Roman history and culture, as well as on topics in historiography and the philosophy of history. The University of Michigan Press has long published the revised proceedings. (more…)


For Royal Dutch Institute Affiliated Fellow Maura Biava, a Solo Show in Milan

February 23, 2011

Visual artist Maura Biava, 2010/2011 AAR Royal Dutch Institute Affiliated Fellow

In addition to the Rome Prize Fellows (FAARs), Residents (RAARs) and Visiting Artists and Scholars, the American Academy is host to recipients of other fellowships and awards offered by almost thirty educational and cultural organizations from around the world. These Affiliated Fellows reside at the Academy for periods from four weeks to eleven months and add to the diversity of the Academy artistic and scholarly community. The various international Affiliated Fellowships in particular are one of the attributes that make the AAR quite distinctive among the many foreign academies in Rome.

From September 2010 through January 2011, visual artist Maura Biava resided at the AAR as this year’s Royal Dutch Institute Affiliated Fellow. Born in Reggio Emilia, and educated at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, Biava receibed a master’s degree at Amsterdam’s Rijksakademie. She lives and works in Amsterdam, and (since 2005) has taught at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art) in The Hague. Her first solo show in Italy, “Trinity” at Milan’s Galleria Alessandro De March, opened 19 January and runs through Tuesday 15 March 2011. The exhibition recently received extensive coverage in Abitare. (more…)

In Rome, a Morning Walk to Explore the Churches of the Forum

February 20, 2011

The church of SS Luca e Martina. Photo: Michael J. Waters

“They have in effect been written out of the Forum’s history.” So writes David Watkin of the churches of the Roman Forum. Difficult of access to various degrees, but sharing many threads of the same historical narrative, the Forum’s churches seemed like a natural subject for an American Academy Fellows’ walk on a brilliant Friday morning in mid- February.

Many churches in the Forum area are no longer extant, including two destroyed in just the last century: S. Maria Liberatrice, demolished and finally dynamited in 1900-1902, to allow investigation of the remains of S. Maria Antiqua; and S. Adriano, built into the Senate House, but eradicated after its deconsecration in 1935. (more…)

Anniversary of an Experiment: Celebrating a Consolidated Academy, 1911-2011

February 14, 2011

Planning for the present site on the Janiculum of the American Academy, 1911

In 2011 the American Academy in Rome celebrates the 100th anniversary of the decisions of the Managing Committee of American School of Classical Studies in Rome (11 February 1911) and the Trustees of the American Academy in Rome (14 February 1911) to unite so they could together more effectively advance the study, investigation and practice of the arts and humanities. Henceforth the two institutions were to be consolidated under the title of the American Academy in Rome, with a School of Fine Arts and a School of Classical Studies. This is the arrangement that remains through the present day.

In order to permit unification with the Classical School, the 1905 act of Congress incorporating the Academy had to be amended. This amendment, sponsored by Senator Elihu Root, was passed on 6 June 1912; Root received the Nobel Peace Prize that same year (though not for this!). The consolidation agreement was finally ratified by the AAR on 11 February 1913. In 1914 the two Schools took up their new home on the Janiculum, designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, and largely paid for by J. Pierpont Morgan. It was a daring merger which, at the time, came under the scrutiny of  the educated public across the United States.


ACCADEMIA STANZE PERSONE in the Making, Part II: Giovanna Latis

February 2, 2011

Designer Giovanna Latis at work in the AAR Salone for the current Italian Affiliated Fellows exhibition. Photo: Davide Franceschini/Altrospazio

Giovanna Latis (born in Como, lives and works in Milan) graduated with honors in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano with a degree in Industrial Design. Her works include  interior designs for the Groningen Museum, the Neues Museum Berlin, the Auditorium at the headquarters of Enel in Rome, the renovation of the Teatro Franco Parenti (Milan), and much more—including the highly effective lighting for the blockbuster Caravaggio show on exhibit at Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale in 2010 and “Le Arti di Piranesi” at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice (2010/11). In the months May through July 2011 Latis will be in residence at the American Academy, as recipient of the first annual Elsa Peretti Italian Affiliated Fellowship in Design.

Giovanna Latis—with fourteen other current and former Italian Affiliated Fellows—is featured in the show ACCADEMIA °  STANZE ° PERSONE, co-curated by Luca Massimo Barbero (MACRO) and Lexi Eberspacher (AAR). The exhibition runs at the Academy until Thursday 3 March 2011. Below is a behind-the-scenes look at the installation of Latis’ Lampada Brancusi 1 and Lampada Brancusi 2 (each 2010). (more…)