Jules Feiffer will present his new graphic novel Kill My Mother (W.W. Norton, August 2014) that reaches back to his first obsessions as a child of the Great Depression. Playing with his past, Jules Feiffer says that Kill My Mother launches him into a form of graphic expression he was unable to find until the age of 80. Happy in his later years, Feiffer asserts that he can finally return to what he really wanted to do in the first place.
Frank G. Wisner, who has been the US ambassador to Egypt, Philippines, Zambia, and India, was a close friend of the late Richard Holbrooke. They met in 1964 and their families eventually became close. “That Holbrooke” is how Wisner’s mother referred to her son’s friend. Wisner visited Holbrooke when he was the US Ambassador to Germany, in 1993-1994, and heard then of Holbrooke’s idea to leave a presence in the Berlin as the US military was departing, after four decades of watching over the Western part of the divided city. »
Russian annexation of Crimea has dramatized the continuing tensions between President Putin and the West over the sovereignty of nations that emerged from the former Soviet Union. In their April 8 discussion, former US ambassador to Germany John Kornblum and the legendary Newsweek bureau chief and journalist Andrew Nagorski discussed Russia’s second occupation of the territory of a neighboring state in six years, which they argue has brought these differences to a full-fledged crisis -- and it could have a lasting effect on the future of Europe. »
"When the Metropolitan Museum was incorporated, in 1870," said Thomas Campbell, the current director of the storied American institution, "it did not own a single work of art." The Met was rather an inspired aspiration, Campbell said, based on European models. The story of the Met, in fact, is a story that begins in Paris almost 150 years ago, in 1866, the year after the end of the American Civil War. A group of Americans came together in Paris for a Fourth of July celebration. »
At her crowded April 1 lecture, “The Vibratory Cultures of Modern Art,” art historian Linda Henderson, an Ellen Maria Gorrissen fellow at the Academy this spring, proffered a novel history of modern art and its relation to early twentieth-century science. »
This spring saw the noted photographer Dominque Nabokov return to the American Academy as a Dirk Ippen Berlin Prize Fellow, to work on her project “Berlin Living Rooms,” the third in her trilogy of interiors usually occupied by wealthy cosmpolitans. (Nabokov was the Marina Kellen French Distinguished Visitor in fall 2012). In 2002 she published Paris Living Rooms (Assouline) and, in 1998, New York Living Rooms (Overlook Press), both to great fanfare. »