Monday, April 28, 2014, 07:30 pm | Arts and Culture

Criticism in the Expanded Field: Roberta Smith in Conversation with Isabelle Graw

In this public talk, acclaimed art critics Roberta Smith, the co-chief art critic at the New York Times, and Isabelle Graw, founding editor or Texte zur Kunst and a professor of art theory and art history at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, will discuss the ways in which the rise of the internet and the subsequent expansion of online forms of art criticism, such as blogging and tweeting, have changed art criticism in the past decade. They will discuss their own experience writing “print criticism,” as well as the expansion of the art world and the kinds of art being produced. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 07:30 pm | Foreign Policy
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Making Sense of Security in the Cyber Age

While modern societies typically assign security to their governments, Jane Holl Lute claims that there have been no clear or consistent assignments given to authorities for Internet security. Administrations everywhere struggle to define and assert their own proper role in cyberspace, and so it is important to consider what is happening in the virtual world, especially when considering how reliant modern societies might become on the Internet. In this lecture, Ms. Lute will examine the social effects of this connectivity and determine what it means to speak today of personal privacy or personally identifiable information. This includes defining the political implications of the “cyber awakening” at the key intersection of technology, power, and wealth, and how nation-states, international institutions, and major multinational corporations are coping with these developments. What lessons can we draw from the postwar decades of institution building and economic development? Which ones endure and which remain mired in the twentieth century? Drawing on her experience in international, national, and homeland security, Ms. Lute will offer a policy perspective on security in the cyber age.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 07:30 pm | Arts and Culture

An Evening with Philip-Lorca diCorcia

The American Academy in Berlin and Sprüth Magers Berlin London are proud to host an evening with Philip-Lorca diCorcia, one of the most influential and innovative photographers working today. DiCorcia is known for creating images that are poised between documentary and theatrically staged photography. His practice takes everyday occurrences beyond the realm of banality, infusing what would otherwise appear to be insignificant gestures with psychology and emotion. DiCorcia employs photography as a fictive medium capable of creating uncanny, complex realities out of seemingly straightforward compositions.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1951. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Yale University, where he holds a professorship. He was awarded the Artist Fellowship of the National Endowment for the Arts three times, as well as the Infinity Award for Applied Photography by the International Center of Photography and the Eisenstaedt Award by Life Magazine. His solo exhibitions include the Hepworth Wakefield (2014), Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, and Museum de Pont, Tilburg (both 2013), the LACMA, Los Angeles (2008), the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2007), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (1997), and MoMA, New York (1993). His series "A Storybook Life" was exhibited at Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, before travelling to the Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Magazin 3, Stockholm Konsthall, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, and the Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra, Portugal, in 2003/2004. 

Ulf Erdmann Ziegler, born in 1959, is a fiction writer and art critic. His most recent novel, Nichts Weisses (Suhrkamp Verlag, 2012) was shortlisted for the German Book Prize. As a critic, his main interest lies in photography. In June 2003, his interview with Bernd and Hilla Becher was featured as the cover story of Art in America. In 2006 he contributed the lead article for More Than Meets the Eye - Photographic Art from the Deutsche Bank Collection. Ziegler lives in Frankfurt am Main.

From May 2 to June 28, 2014, Sprüth Magers Berlin will be showing photographs from diCorcia’s series "Hustlers (1990-1992)".

In cooperation with Sprüth Magers Berlin

Monday, May 05, 2014, 07:30 pm | Arts and Culture
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Comparing International Differences in Producing Opera


Donald Runnicles and Pamela Rosenberg worked together at the San Francisco Opera, where she was general director and he was music director. She was previously a co-intendant of the Stuttgart Opera and had held leading positions at the Netherlands Opera and the Frankfurt Opera. Donald Runnicles was Erste Kapellmeister at the Nationaloper Mannheim and the Staatsoper Hannover prior to becoming GMD of the Freiburg Oper and to his appointments in San Francisco and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Their dual opera careers have long straddled the Atlantic, lending a truly unique perspective on the international differences in approaches to opera productions and audience perceptions. This promises to be a lively dialogue comparing opera DNA on either side of the Atlantic.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014, 07:30 pm | Humanities
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Secular Individualism and Religious Communities

In this lecture, George Rupp, the former president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, will examine the tension between traditional religious conviction and modern secular individualism. He claims that despite the aspiration of secular liberals to keep the passions of religious devotees out of the public realm, there is evidence all over the world that this stance is not a viable option. Rupp argues instead that the global challenge is to find a way for passionate conviction not to preclude inclusive communities. 


Wednesday, May 07, 2014, 08:00 pm | Arts and Culture

Imagined Legacies: Ein Gespräch zwischen Jonathan Lethem und Ronald Suny

In seinem neuen Roman „Der Garten der Dissidenten“ betrachtet Jonathan Lethem die Geschichte der amerikanischen linken Gegenkultur im 20. Jahrhundert aus der Perspektive mehrerer Einzelschicksale und zeichnet damit ein intimes Portrait individueller Verluste, Fantasien und Bedürfnisse seiner Protagonisten. Gemeinsam mit dem Historiker Ronald Suny diskutiert er den Moment, in welchem politischer Idealismus mit persönlichen Träumen und Enttäuschungen kollidiert und inwiefern Individuen in diesem Spannungsfeld dazu in der Lage sind, ihren Traum von einer besseren Welt zu realisieren. 

Accompanied by a reading from Jonathan Lethem’s „Der Garten der Dissidenten“ by Helmut Mooshammer, Actor, Deutsches Theater Berlin

Moderated by Pamela Rosenberg, Dean of Fellows, American Academy in Berlin

Location: Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Breitscheidstraße 4, 70174 Stuttgart


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In cooperation with the Literaturhaus Stuttgart

Generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung 

Thursday, May 08, 2014, 07:30 pm | Media
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The Art of Narrative Journalism

A discussion with New Yorker staff writer George Packer, winner of the 2013 National Book Award in Nonfiction, about the art and craft of his compelling storytelling profession.


Sunday, May 11, 2014 | Law

My Beloved World

In this presentation of her memoir, My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayor talks about her journey from social housing in the Bronx to the bench of the United States Supreme Court. Her story begins with a precarious childhood: an alcoholic father, a devoted but overburdened mother, and a diagnosis of juvenile diabetes at age eight. The young Sotomayor soon determined she could only depend on herself—and then imagined a path to a different life. With only television characters as professional role models and a scant understanding of the work involved in becoming a lawyer, the determined Sotomayor pursued a dream that would sustain and elevate her from valedictorian of her high school class to an appointment on a federal district court before the age of forty. Her new book, My Beloved World, “hums with hope and exhilaration,” writes NPR Books, detailing her struggle and determination—envisioning anew America’s infinite possibilities.

Moderated by Jutta Limbach, Former President, Federal Constitutional Court of Germany

In cooperation with C.H. Beck and Rechtskulturen

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Monday, May 12, 2014, 07:00 pm | Humanities

Beautiful Minds. Grand Ideas. Great Stories.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 07:30 pm | Humanities
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The Ruins Lesson

“These speaking ruins have filled my spirit with images,” declared the Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi, in the early 1740s. At the end of that same century, the French historian and travel writer Comte de Volney likewise urged, “If your heart be capable... interrogate these ruins! Read the lessons which they present to you!” Why and how have so many Western writers and visual artists been compelled to represent, in complete works, the ruin’s incomplete processes of decay and destruction? And what do these artworks tell us about the place and value of human making within the natural world? In this lecture, Susan Stewart will survey these and related questions through examples gleaned from British and European poetry and visual art.