Archive for April, 2011

Two Nights at the AAR for X LOCUS, A Collaborative Fellows’ Installation (28 and 29 April)

April 26, 2011

On Thursday 28 April 2011, a public of over 100 saw the cortile of the McKim, Mead and White Building at the American Academy in Rome transformed by a collaborative installation entitled X LOCUS. The installation, the creation of four current AAR Fellows, will also be on display from 8-10 PM on Friday 29 April.

X LOCUS features environmental media by Founders Rome Prize Fellows in Architecture Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, sound by Elliott Carter Rome Prize Fellow in Musical Composition Paul Rudy, and lyrics by Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies Jennifer Scappettone. (more…)

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Looking Back at Galileo’s Gianicolo Anniversary (1): The ‘Cabaret’ (14.04.11)

April 21, 2011

Installation in the Bass Garden by Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, “I Will Keep A Light Burning—Galileo”. Rome, 14 April 2011. Photo by current AAR Fellow Thomas J. Campanella

The American Academy’s Casa Rustica (in the present Bass Garden) occupies the precise site where, on Thursday 14 April 1611, Galileo made his first demonstration to a learned audience in Rome of his new invention, named on this occasion as the “telescope”. To mark the 400th anniversary of this historic achievement, the Academy decided to offer three events, from 7-15 April 2011. You can read a summary of those events, and see the list of sponsors, here.

Below is a photo essay in (more or less) 100 images, of the second and third of these events: an exhibition of historical astronomical instruments from the collection of the Vatican Observatory (Specola Vaticana); and a “Galileo Cabaret” that took place on the exact 400th anniversary (Thursday 14 April 2011) of the baptism of the telescope. The Cabaret and exhibition received worldwide press attention, thanks to AP coverage, that ranged from The Washington Post to The Times of India. (more…)

In Rome, A ‘Cabaret’ Celebrates the 400th Anniversary of Galileo’s Telescope on the Gianicolo

April 14, 2011

“Galileo’s Eyes”, video by Enzo Aronica projected on the AAR’s Casa Rustica

The American Academy’s Casa Rustica (in the present Bass Garden) occupies the precise site where, on Thursday 14 April 1611, Galileo made his first demonstration to a learned audience in Rome of his new invention, named on this occasion as the “telescope”. That evening represents the baptism of Galileo’s device as a true scientific instrument, as well as its inaugural presentation for scrutiny by members of the Church.

To mark the 400th anniversary of this historic achievement, the Academy decided to offer three events, starting on Thursday 7 April 2011, with an installment of the AAR’s “Conversations That Matter” series, a dialogue between AAR Director Christopher S. Celenza FAAR’94 and Vatican Astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ. (more…)

AAR 2011 Spring Trip Takes Fellows To Three Regions of Turkey

April 2, 2011

The American Academy in Rome has its fair share of traditions, but one of the most hallowed is its annual Spring Trip for Fellows. Each year, for seven to ten days, a substantial AAR contingent packs up for a didactic jaunt through a Mediterranean area of particular scholarly and artistic interest.

For last year’s Trip, AAR Fellows combined with Members of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens for an expansive journey through Sicily. This year the target was Turkey, with a particular focus on central Anatolia. (more…)