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Moon Medicin

Transfiguration of the commonplace

On the evening of February 24, interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers delivered the spring 2015 Guna S. Mundheim artist talk, “Moon Medicin,” at the American Academy in Berlin. Guests were greeted by Trustee-in-Residence Christine I. Wallich, followed by the editor of the art magazine Weltkunst, Lisa Zeitz, who spoke of Biggers’ abilities to masterfully combine concepts, signs, and metaphors of spirituality, hip-hop, 1970s TV, maps, mandalas, African-American ethnography, and jazz, in a manner than leads to new and uneasy constellations. »

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In 27 Pieces

Composer-in-Residence Elliot Sharp on contributing to a Grammy win

The Fifty-Seventh Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles. Among the winners was violinist Hilary Hahn, who received the award in the Best Chamber Music category, for her In 27 Pieces album of encores, recorded with pianist Cory Smythe. The album features 26 works (and one audition-winning work) commissioned by Hahn from contemporary composers -- among them the piece "Storm of the Eye," by Elliot Sharp, the spring 2015 Inga Maren Otto Music Composition Fellow at the American Academy. »

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Remembering Founding Chairman Thomas L. Farmer (1923-2015)

A remarkable German-American life in law and public service

The American Academy mourns the death of founding chairman Thomas L. Farmer, who passed away in Washington, DC, on Thursday, February 5, at age 91. "We are greatly saddened by Tom Farmer's passing," said the Academy's Acting Chairman, Gahl Hodges Burt. "It is fair to say that without Tom there would be no American Academy in Berlin. He was instrumental not only in garnering support for the Academy, but in creating real enthusiasm for our institution in both Germany and the US. He will be greatly missed." »

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Remembering Richard von Weizsäcker (1920-2015)

The passing of a cherished founding chairman of the American Academy in Berlin

The American Academy in Berlin mourns the death of Bundespräsident Richard von Weizsäcker. "Richard von Weizsäcker was one of the great political leaders of our period," Henry A. Kissinger said today, "beyond politics, and an inspiration beyond the nation." Along with Henry Kissinger, Richard Holbrooke, and Thomas Farmer, Richard von Weizsäcker was one of the founders of the American Academy in Berlin, and he was a persistent champion of the German-American friendship. »