Archive for July, 2011

A December 2011 Conference on Roman Architecture in Memory of William L. MacDonald, FAAR’56 (1921-2010)

July 11, 2011

Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli. Credit: Gjon Mili (LIFE/Google)

It was on 12 July 1921—precisely 90 years ago today—that noted architectural historian William L. MacDonald (FAAR’56) was born in Putnam, Connecticut. His death in March 2010 deeply touched his numerous friends, colleagues, and former students, many of them linked by their connections with the American Academy in Rome. Three distinguished scholars from this group—Diane Favro (California, Los Angeles), Fikret Yegül RAAR’98 (California, Santa Barbara), and Trustee John Pinto FAAR’75, RAAR’06 (Princeton)—have aimed to celebrate his achievements by organizing an international conference on Roman architecture.

The American Academy in Rome will host the conference on 6-7 December 2011 in its Villa Aurelia. Entitled “Paradigm and Progeny: Roman Imperial Architecture and Its Legacy”, scheduled presenters include Corey Brennan (FAAR’88), Diane Favro, Elizabeth Fentress, Sandra Gatti, Pierre Gros, Lothar Haselberger, Tom Howe, Guy Metraux, Eugenio La Rocca, Tom Morton, Luisa Musso, James Packer (FAAR’64), John Pinto, Gianni Ponti, Marcello Spanù, Mark Wilson-Jones, and Fikret Yegül. Panels are projected on “Rome Builds: Construction and Design”, “Urban Armatures: The City Shaped”, “Hadrian, the Empire, and Beyond”, “The Nature and Legacy of Classicism”, and more. Further details to follow in the months to come. (more…)


Remembering AAR Trustee Cy Twombly (1928-2011)

July 7, 2011

Artist Cy Twombly, as the 2006 recipient of the AAR’s McKim Medal, which he himself had earlier designed

Rome resident and beloved American Academy Trustee artist Cy Twombly died 5 July 2011 aged 83. Many obituaries worldwide have appeared, including that of Randy Kennedy inThe New York Times (in its full version here). Remembers AAR President Adele Chatfield-Taylor (FAAR’84):

“Cy has been involved in the American Academy in many ways over the years. In the 1950s when he moved to Rome, he was part of a wave of artists who came through after the war, albeit the iconoclast, but the Academy saw all the comings and goings in those days. In the 1990s, we had an absolutely perfect exhibition in our galleries, of a small number of Twombly sculptures, about eight, as I recall, curated by Martha Boyden, our arts liaison at the time. They were so beautifully placed, and scaled, and ghostly white, that the space seemed to have been made for the show. They still haunt the space. I will never forget this show.” (more…)