The American Academy in Berlin proudly extends its congratulations to 2012 Allianz Distinguished Visitor (and 2009 Guest Speaker) Robert J. Shiller, who was awarded the 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science, together with Eugene F. Fama and Lars Peter Hansen, for their work in trendspotting in asset markets.
New publications: The Unspeakable Girl: The Myth and Mystery of Kore (Seagull Books) by Giorgio Agamben, Leland de la Durantaye (transl.); and The Hotel Oneira (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by August Kleinzahler; Amy Sillman's "One Lump or Two" is on show at the ICA, Boston (Oct. 7 - Jan. 5); Kerry Tribe is among the 2014 Artadia Awards Los Angeles finalists. You can find her recent work at the Aspen Art Museum (Nov. 15 - Feb. 2), Kunsthalle Wien (Sept. 6 - Jan. 12), and the MOMA, New York (Sept. 7 - Mar. 2); and Dominique Nabokov's "The World of The New York Review of Books" is on show at La Maison Française at New York University (Nov. 6 - Dec. 1).
Two alumni have been awarded 2013 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowships. Writer Karen Russell, who was in residence at the Academy in spring 2012 and writer Donald Antrim, who was in residence at the Academy in spring 2009.
New publications: To Be a Friend Is Fatal - The Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind (Scribner, 2013) by Kirk Johnson; Institutional Choice and Global Commerce (Cambridge UP) by Joseph Jupille, Walter Mattli, and Duncan Snidal; Forty Days in the Calypso Saloon and Frescoes with Graffiti (Sheep Meadow) by Christopher Middleton; The "Melt to Earth" exhibition of fourteen sculptures by Aaron Curry will be on view at Lincoln Center, New York, October 7 through January 6; A group exhibition of video works, including works by Paul Pfeiffer, will be on view at Regen Projects, Los Angeles, through October 26; Leslie Hewitt's first solo show with Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is on view through October 5; Juliet Floyd has been named philosopher of the month September by the American Philosophical Association; and Esra Özyürek returns to Berlin as Visiting Research Fellow at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Ambassador Martin Indyk, an Academy Distinguished Visitor, has been named US Special Envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations; Katherine Boo received the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction for Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Random House); Rivka Galchen and Karen Russell will read at the German-American writers and translator meeting in New York organized by the Goethe Institut and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, 9/26 through 9/28; New publications: Sinan Antoon, The Corpse Washer: The Margellos World Republic of Letters (Yale University Press); Martin K. Dimitrov, Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Asia and Europe (Cambridge University Press); Pierre Joris, Meditations on the Stations of Mansur Al-Hallaj (Chax Press); David Warren Sabean, Jason Philip Coy, Benjamin Marschke (Eds.), The Holy Roman Empire, Reconsidered (Berghahn Books); Barbara Schmitter Heisler, From German Prisoner of War to American Citizen. A Social History with 35 Interviews (McFarland); Anson Rabinbach, Sander L. Gilman (Eds.), The Third Reich Sourcebook (University of California Press); Gene Coleman's piece "The Crossing," written at the Academy, was world premiered at "The Gulf (between you and me)" festival in Philadelphia.
Recent Publications: George Packer's The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013); Rick Atkinson's The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (Henry Holt and Co, 2013); Annie Goesfield's piece "Long Waves and Random Pulses" for violin and jammed radio signals, written during her stay at the Academy, saw its US premiere at the Monica Germino Austrian Cultural Forum, New York City on June 13; support the kickstarter campaign (until July 1) to finance the recording of a work by composer Andrew Norman and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project; and Congratulations go to artist Reynold Reynolds and composer Dan Visconti, who are Rome Prize Recipients for 2013-2014.
March - April 2013
New publications: Pilgrimage and Pogrom: Violence, Memory, and Visual Culture at the Host-Miracle Shrines of Germany and Austria (University of Chicago Press, 2013) by Mitchell B. Merback; Greek Mythologies: Antiquity and Surrealism (Harvard University Press, 2013) by Dimitrios Yatromanolakis; German publications: William T. Vollmann's Europe Central now out with Suhrkamp Verlag; Amy Waldman's The Submission (Der Amerikanische Architek) published by Shöffling & Co; Aris Fioretos's Die halbe Sonne. Ein Buch über einen Vater published by Carl Hanser Verlag; and Francisco Goldman's Say Her Name (Sag ihren Namen) published by Rowohlt Verlag; Congratulations to Nathan Englander for being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (Alfred A. Knopf).
New publications: Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images (University Of Chicago Press, 2013) by Edward Dimendberg; Red doc (Knopf, 2013) by Anne Carson; New York Arbor (Steidl, 2013) by Mitch Epstein; The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013) by Joel Harrington; Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories (Pantheon, 2013) by Ben Katchor; April 5 brings the world premiere of composer Dan Visconti's commissioned Glitchscape (2013), a multimedia work created in collaboration with experimental video artist Simon Tarr, at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall; and composer Annie Gosfield's A Luminous Reflection of Metallic Direction will see its US premiere by Frances-Marie Uitti for cello and tape, also on April 5 in New York followed by a series of performances across the US.
"Untitled (Structures)," a new film installation by Leslie Hewitt in collaboration with cinematographer Bradford Young is on show at The Menil Collection, Houston, January 25 through May 5; Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House), is among the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle book awards for 2012; publications: Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman--from World War to Cold War(Knopf) by Michael Dobbs, an account of the pivotal period spanning the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War; and the German translation of Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany by Atina Grossmann is published by Wallstein Verlag - a Germany book tour is scheduled for March.
Kenneth Gross shares (with Jonathan Kalb of Hunter College) the 2012 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for his book Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life; photographer Camilo Jose Vergara launches a comprehensive new website of his life's work (camilojosevergara.com), and his MLK exhibition opens January 17 at the New York Historical Society; Benjamin Barber delivers the inaugural lecture at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at CUNY on January 29; Elizabeth Povinelli delivers a keynote address entitled "Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism" at the opening of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt's Anthropocene Project on Janauary 11 at 7pm, and, on the same day, Michael Taussig delivers a lecture performance called "The Berlin Sun Theater." David Mayers releases his new book, FDR's Ambassadors and the Diplomacy of Crisis, with Cambridge University Press; and Peter Wortsman prepares for the release of his 400-page compendium of translated German fables, Tales of the German Imagination from the Brothers Grimm to Ingeborg Bachmann (Penguin Classics).
Project Z: The Final Global Event, a documentary film by James Der Derian and Philip Gara premiered at DOK Leipzig on November 1, 2012; new release: the latest recording Almost Truths and Open Deceptions (Tzadik) by composer Annie Gosfield; Henri Cole was awarded the sixth Annual Jackson Poetry Prize by Poets and Writers, Inc.; Calvin Trillin was awarded the 2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his book Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff (Random House); Anne Applebaum and Katherine Boo are 2012 National Book Awards finalists in the nonfiction category. Publications: Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 (Doubleday, October 2012 / Penguin Books, November 2012) by Anne Applebaum; Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diaspora (Cambridge University Press, October 2012) by Brigid Cohen; and an interview with Jeffrey Eugenides on his recent work and a selection of his recommended books in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.