Sally Mann, A Reading from her Memoir Hold Still

About This Project


In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Cy Twombly, Photographer, celebrated American photographer Sally Mann will read from her acclaimed memoir, the New York Times bestseller Hold Still. Mann uses lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs to craft an original form of personal history. In this book’s groundbreaking interplay of narrative and image, Mann’s preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her dna by family history. In this reading, Mann explores her relationship with Cy Twombly and their shared romance with the American South, specifically their love for the landscapes of their hometown, Lexington, Virginia. A conversation with curator Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome, follows the reading. The event will be held in English. The exhibition Cy Twombly, Photographer will open the same evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the gallery of the American Academy in Rome.


American Academy in Rome