Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | Arts and Culture

Noir et Moi, or Finally Getting It Right

A cartoon legend on his humble Bronx beginnings and Manhattan-size aspirations

"I came from the Bronx during the 1930s, during the Great Depression," recounted the venable Jules Feiffer in front of packed house at his Academy lecture on Tuesday, April 15. "And I despised every second of it. I have no nostalgia for that period. For as long as I can remember being conscious, I remember thinking, I have to break out of this jail. I wanted out. I...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | Foreign Policy

The Arab Awakening in Its Fourth Year: Where is the Middle East Headed?

A veteran diplomat casts an analytical glance at the region's continuing turmoil

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...

Friday, April 11, 2014 | Foreign Policy

Russia and the West After Ukraine: A New Narrative?

Two longtime observers of Russian behavior discuss the nation's latest encroachments

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...

Monday, April 07, 2014 | Arts and Culture

Audience, Technology, and the Power of Museums

The incredible story and enduring mission of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

"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...

Thursday, April 03, 2014 | Humanities

The Vibratory Cultures of Modern Art

Making the invisible visible at the tail end of Victorian physics

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. In looking at notions of the “ether” and “fourth dimension” and placing them into historical context,...

Wednesday, April 02, 2014 | Arts and Culture

New York, Paris, and Berlin Living Rooms

Capturing the intimacy of unguarded living spaces in the capitals of culture

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...

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 | The Berlin Prize

Pamela Rosenberg To Step Down as Dean of Fellows

After three glorious years, the Academy's celebrated dean of fellows is set to depart in June 2014

The Academy's dean of fellows, Pamela Rosenberg, will step down from her position on June 30, 2014, after three amazing years at the American Academy in Berlin and three impressive decades of success in the field of performing arts management. Rosenberg brought her expertise to the American Academy in September 2010 and has enhanced the Academy’s program by fostering transatlantic...

Friday, March 28, 2014 | The Berlin Prize

The Spring 2014 Program

The Academy's program from April through June is now available, featuring an engaging selection of lectures, readings, and concerts

Spring has arrived at the Wannsee, and the American Academy looks forward to another engaging semester of evening lectures, artist talks, readings, and discussions. This semester sees a range of topics on the docket: the future of Russian and the West after the events in Ukraine, and the Arab awakening in its fourth year; artist talks with Jules Feiffer and Philip-Lorca diCorcia, and art...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | Foreign Policy

Is Self-Restraint Enough? The Future of US Policy in the Middle East

The director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy and the head of the program of the EU-Middle East Forum at the German Council on Foreign Relations discuss US policy in the Middle East

Gathered at the German Council on Foreign Relations, moderator Heinrich Kreft from the Federal Foreign Office was joined by the Brookings Institution’s Tamara Cofman Wittes and the German Council on Foreign Relations’ Dina Fakoussa. The panel discussion began with introductory remarks by Heinrich Kreft and then jumped right into a deep conversation about the future of US foreign...

Friday, March 21, 2014 | Arts and Culture

Reembodied Sound: A Musical Portrait of Composer Matthew Goodheart

On the evening of March 20, MaerzMusik 2014 featured a portrait concert by Academy composer-in-residence Matthew Goodheart in Berlin's cult club Berghain.

Late into the cool spring evening of March 20, Berlin's cult club Berghain -- located in the Friedrichshain district of Berlin and often dubbed the world capital of techno music -- was the scene for composer Matthew Goodheart sound-breaking Academy concert, which saw roughly 120 guests in its Sonic Arts Lounge, surrounded by a state-of-the-art audio system and a configuration of ordinate gongs...