Archive for May, 2011

From 25-28 May, the AAR Presents the Fellows’ Annual Events in the Arts: Open Studios, Reading, and Concert

May 17, 2011

Three days in late May—Wednesday the 25th, Friday the 27th, and Saturday the 28th—see one of the Academy’s oldest and most consistently rewarding traditions, the annual presentation of work by current Rome Prize Fellows in the AAR’s School of Fine Arts.

On Wednesday 25 May (6-9 PM) the Academy’s Open Studios in the McKim, Mead & White building offer the public an opportunity to see the studios of the current Rome Prize Fellows in the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, and Visual Arts. On Friday 27 May (6 PM) the Academy’s Villa Aurelia provides a spectacular setting for a Reading by the two Rome Prize Fellows in Literature. And on Saturday 28 May (this time at 9 PM), the Villa Aurelia again is the setting for a Concert with music composed by the two Rome Prize Fellows in Musical Composition. Reservations for these events are requested; please click here to RSVP for one or for all of these May evenings. (more…)


In Rome on 24 May, Trustee John R. Clarke RAAR’95 Delivers the 2011 Friends of the Library Annual Lecture

May 12, 2011

One of the undisputed highlights of the Academy’s year in Rome is the 

Patricia H. Labalme Friends of the Library (FOL) Lecture. This year the lecture is dedicated to the memory of Christina Huemer, Drue Heinz Librarian Emerita, who served as a spirited leader of the AAR’s Arthur and Janet C. Ross Library for fifteen years (1993-2007), retiring just a few years before her untimely death on 12 November 2010. The thousands of artists and scholars touched by Chris Huemer’s learning, creativity and curiosity will remember her forever; a memorial service was held in in New York City on 3 February 2011.

The date of this year’s FOL lecture is Christina Huemer’s birthday, 24 May. Honoring Chris’ memory will be Professor John R. Clarke, RAAR’95, AAR Trustee and Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor in The University of Texas at Austin. His topic? “The Story of the Villa ‘of Poppaea’ at Oplontis (50 B.C.-A.D. 79) and its Archives: Daybooks, Photographs, and Plaster Fragments.” Clarke’s lecture takes place Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 6pm 
at the Academy’s Villa Aurelia (Largo di Porta San Pancrazio, 1). 

Reservations are necessary by Friday 20 May; you can register here. On the evening of the event, please present your e-mail confirmation and a document of identification at the entrance of the Villa Aurelia. (more…)

Looking Back at Galileo’s Gianicolo Anniversary (2): ‘Conversations That Matter’ (07.04.11)

May 10, 2011

On Thursday 7 April 2011 the American Academy in Rome hosted a public program on “Science and Faith” in its Conversations That Matter series. Academy Director Christopher S. Celenza (FAAR’94. pictured above at left) discussed the interrelationship between scientific and religious inquiry with bestselling author Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, astronomer at the Vatican Observatory (Specola Vaticana). You can view the entire Conversation here; see also below.

The Conversation was followed by the opening of the exhibition Historical Instruments from the Collection of the Specola Vaticana in the Academy’s Gallery. The exhibition featured one of the world’s finest collections of historical instruments for observing the sky and identifying stars and celestial bodies. Contributing to the exhibition was Florence’s Museo Galileo, which loaned to the Academy a replica of a 1610 Galileo telescope, one that traveled in 2009 on the space shuttle Atlantis. The AAR warmly thanks Finmeccanica for its generous support which made this anniversary commemoration possible.

Fellows Explore Aqueducts at Vicovaro, and (with AIAC) under the American Academy

May 3, 2011

The Anio gorge at Vicovaro. Photo: current Fellow Casey L. Brown

It may well become an annual ritual. On 30 April, archaeologist Gianni Ponti—veteran Advisor to the American Academy in Rome and a dean at Rome’s IESonce again brought a somewhat incredulous group of AAR Fellows to the Roman aqueducts near Vicovaro (45 km northeast of the city).

The mission at hand? To explore the interiors of the rock-cut aqueducts of the Aquae Marcia and Claudia near the ex-monastery of S. Cosimato at Vicovaro. Saint Benedict himself founded that community in the 6th century AD, on a spectacular site high on the banks of the Anio river gorge.