Recent Opportunities

  • Network Analysis + Digital Art History - A Getty Advanced Workshop

    Dates: 19 Jun – 15 Oct, 2018

    Call for Participation

    Workshop Schedule
    One-week convening, July 29–August 2, 2019
    Monthly virtual convenings, Fall–Spring 2019–2020
    Two-week convening, June 22–July 3, 2020

    The NA+DAH Workshop is a Getty Foundation-supported event that will bring together art historians, network scientists, and digital humanists to advance research at the intersection of these fields.

    Directed by Alison Langmead (University of Pittsburgh), Anne Helmreich (Texas Christian University), and Scott B. Weingart (Carnegie Mellon University)—all scholars engaged with digital art history and network analysis—the Network Analysis + Digital Art History Workshop will unfold over a full year and will be framed by two face-to-face convenings held at the University of Pittsburgh, a schedule that will allow participants to learn advanced digital methods and project management skills while fostering a close-knit interdisciplinary community. By the end of the Workshop, participants will have the expertise and support structure needed to conduct sophisticated research and build advanced projects at the intersection of network analysis and art history.

    The NA+DAH workshop will welcome up to eight project teams (representing art historical, technical, and analytic expertise) for a series of in-person and video convenings, with the expectation that teams will also be working and collaborating outside the convening framework to develop and advance their research projects. It is expected that this Getty Advanced Topics in Digital Art History Workshop will lead to a significant body of research and we anticipate a potential edited volume or online repository to share its results.

    Event Descriptions
    Convening 1: The week-long “Digital Art History + Network Science Institute” will take place from Monday, July 29–Friday, August 2, 2019. During this Institute, participating teams will engage with the grand challenges in digital art history and network analysis, and propose and structure a year-long research agenda (guided by expert facilitators) that uses network analysis to advance art historical inquiry. Potential research topics include museum provenance, exhibition histories, stylistic similarities, and the history of the art market. Teams should begin working on their data and approaches in advance of the event, as the convening will focus on aligning data with project research agendas. Up to three members per team will be supported to attend this convening.

    Between Summer 2019 and Summer 2020, the teams will continue to advance their research agendas. Each project team will participate in monthly meetings, convened virtually, to check in on progress and identify further resources as needed. These virtual meetings and related support will be facilitated by a research assistant and augmented by the expertise of the leadership team.

    Convening 2: The two-week-long “Co-Working Institute in Art History + Network Science” will take place from Monday June 22–Friday, July 3, 2020. This event will include a rigorous daily agenda consisting of continued training opportunities focused on the exact needs of the teams and current problems in the field, ample project work time, and daily keynote lectures by interdisciplinary experts that offer a larger, field-wide picture. Up to four members per team will be supported to attend this convening.

    To Apply
    We encourage scholars to apply who are either already engaged in digital art history and wish to work with network analytic approaches in more depth, or who are engaged in network science and seek to understand better how their expertise might be applied to art historical problems. Early, mid, and later-career academic scholars are all welcome to apply, as are teams that include art museum professionals, librarians, advanced graduate students, and others. Teams of at least three that are already formed will receive priority consideration, particularly those demonstrating a pre-existing breadth of technical and art historical expertise. Individual scholars with a project in mind, but who are not yet affiliated with a team, are encouraged to contact the workshop organizers ( early to seek assistance in finding potential collaborators with whom they can apply.

    Members of the project teams (up to three participants for the 2019 Institute and four for the 2020 Co-Working Institute) will receive funding for travel to Pittsburgh, lodging, and a per diem rate for food. Additional team members may attend if self-funded.

    To apply, send a 500-word project proposal, including a statement of the goals for the project, with citations as appropriate (word count is exclusive of citations), as well as a brief description of the project team (no more than 300 words per person), their expertise(s), and a CV for each team member (including links to relevant previous or current digital projects) to Applications are due October 15, 2018 and should be sent in PDF format only.

    Once all the applications are reviewed, those teams advancing for final consideration will be interviewed over video conferencing between November 5–16, 2018. Acceptances will be sent by December 14, 2018.
  • CFP: Southern Studies Conference (Montgomery, AL, Feb. 1-2, 2019)

    Montgomery | Dates: 15 Jun – 22 Oct, 2018
    CFP: Southern Studies Conference, Auburn University at Montgomery, AL, February 1-2, 2019
    Now in its eleventh year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference, hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery, explores themes related to the American South across a wide array of disciplines and methodologies. Registrants to the two-day conference enjoy a variety of peer-reviewed panels, two distinguished keynote speakers and a visiting artist, who gives a talk and mounts a gallery exhibition.

    The 2019 Conference Committee invites proposals for twenty-minute academic papers or creative presentations on any aspect of Southern Studies (broadly defined), including those relating to the fields of anthropology, geography, art history, history, literature, theater, music, communications, political science, and sociology. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to this theme are welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
    • --Southern food studies
    • --Pedagogy and the teaching of Southern topics
    • --Canonicity and the South
    • --Slavery and the American South
    • --Civil War narratives
    • --Southern archives, museums, and collections
    • --Civil Rights narratives
    • --Southern Geographies
    • --Explorations of race and conflict in the South
    • --Religion in the South
    • --Southern literature
    • --History of science or medicine in the South
    • --Southern arts (in any medium or genre)
    • --Southern architecture
    • --Explorations of the Southern worker
    • --Southern politics
    • --Anthropological studies of the South
    • --Sociological studies of the South
    • --Southern music
    • --Cross-cultural exchanges between the South and other geographic areas
    • --Native American topics of the South
    • --Stories of immigration/migration and border-crossings
    • --Contemporary re/mis-conceptions of "The South"
    • --Presentations by artists/performers/writers working in the South/making work about the South
    Proposals can be emailed to and should include a 250-word abstract and a 2-page CV. The deadline for submission is October 22, 2018. Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend, if accepted. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by November 2018. For more information, please visit the conference website, or contact Naomi Slipp, Conference Director and Assistant Professor of Art History, Auburn University at Montgomery:
  • CFP: Investigating Mid-Atlantic Plantations: Slavery, Economies, and Space

    Philadelphia | Dates: 14 Jun – 15 Sep, 2018
    CALL FOR PAPERS: Stenton Museum, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Cliveden of the National Trust, and the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania invite your participation in a two-and-a half-day conference exploring the creation and development of plantations in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century mid-Atlantic region.

    A real-world challenge to Thomas Jefferson’s vision of an agrarian republic of (white) smallholders, plantations were sites of concentrated wealth and exploitation. More familiar in a Southern context, mid-Atlantic plantations had their own forms, meanings, and relationships. In the mid-Atlantic – where fertile farmland and deep-water ports provided complementary economic engines – plantations grew in close proximity to urban centers, Northern and Southern interests co-mingled, and boundaries frequently blurred.

    This conference seeks to understand the unique qualities of plantation complexes in the middle colonies (states) while also comparing these regional phenomena with better-known Southern institutions and situating them within the larger contexts of British North America and the United States. This conference is intentionally interdisciplinary. We seek participants from diverse fields including economic, social, and cultural history; African American studies; geography, archeology, and material culture; and museum studies, cultural resource management, and historic preservation. Paper proposals might address economic, familial, and religious networks; enslavement, indenture, and “free” labor; land ownership and land development; agricultural and horticultural practices; architecture, circulation, and spatial relationships; physical and cognitive maps; foodways and music; industry and commerce; and the construction of gendered or racial categories. We look forward to seeing even more ways that applicants might illuminate these mid-Atlantic geographies of privilege, slavery, and forced labor; manifold local and far-reaching economies; and spaces both rural and urban.

    Conference organizers will consider both individual papers and panel submissions. Papers for many of the panels will be pre-circulated. PowerPoint presentations, especially those relating to visual and material culture, may also be pre-circulated. Non-traditional panels and presentations (such as tours, workshops, brief papers, or demonstrations) will be considered.

    If you wish to propose a paper or presentation, please submit an abstract (250 words) and a short curriculum vitae to Proposals for panels should include these materials for each participant, as well as a brief description of the overarching concerns of the panel.

    The deadline for submissions is 15 September 2018. Applicants can expect to hear back from the conference committee by November 2018. Formal papers will be pre-circulated by September 2019. Some funding is available to offset the costs of travel and lodging for conference participants. Details about this support will be available after submissions are reviewed.
  • The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin

    Dallas | Dates: 14 Jun – 26 Aug, 2018

    The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprina traveling photographic exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009), will be on view in Dallas, Texas, at NorthPark Center from February 28 through August 26, 2018. Created in 2016 during the centennial anniversary of Halprin’s birth, the exhibition features 56 newly commissioned photographs by leading landscape photographers of dozens of Halprin’s major works, including recently rediscovered residential projects created early in his career in the 1950s; the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.; capstone projects such as the Yosemite Falls approach and Stern Grove in San Francisco; the Los Angeles Open Space Network; and Plaza Las Fuentes in Pasadena.

    Halprin was, without doubt, among the foremost landscape architects of the twentieth century. His prolific career spanned more than six decades, with highlights that also include Freeway Park (in Seattle, Washington), and the Portland Open Space Sequence (in Portland, Oregon). His firm was a seedbed for many talented designers now celebrated in their own right, and the innovative techniques he pioneered changed the field forever. While the traveling exhibition will honor Halprin and his career, it will also call attention to the need for the informed and effective stewardship of his irreplaceable legacy. Like much of the work of prominent landscape architects in the post-War period, many of Halprin’s designs are now in a diminished state, while some face an uncertain future.

  • The World of Charles and Ray Eames

    Dearborn | Dates: 14 Jun – 03 Sep, 2018
    Get inside the minds and the workspace of Charles and Ray Eames, two of the 20th century’s most influential designers. At The World of Charles and Ray Eames — making its U.S. premiere at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation — hundreds of the couple’s most enduringly influential works, including architecture, furniture, films and more, come together to form an inspiring visual adventure full of color and ideas. Take a trip through the innovators’ careers, and explore the output of the Eames Office, where many of the team’s groundbreaking ideas were realized.

    This exhibit provides a comprehensive timeline of postwar modernism through the lens of two of its most talented practitioners. Surround yourself with the tirelessly curious thinking that shaped the movement, and learn what’s possible when you break free from creative boundaries.
  • "Building the Stories of Architects" with Daniel Andries, WTTW

    Chicago | Dates: 11 Oct, 2018

    Public television producer Daniel Andries will talk about the choices he makes in bringing the work and stories of architects and urban planners to TV audiences.  Using excerpts from work including the PBS show “10 Towns That Changed America,” the  multiple Emmy-award winning documentary “Architect Michael Graves:  A Grand Tour” and others, including programs about Chicago-based architects Tom Beeby and Jeanne Gang and European architects doing contemporary work in urban planning, he will explore how as a storyteller he manages the balance between art, personality, history and the power of current societal thinking about work, the environment, social equity and urban space.  He will also talk about his ongoing collaboration with WTTW’s award-winning writer/host/producer and architecture fan Geoffrey Baer.

    Daniel Andries is a Senior Producer at WTTW.  In the past decade, his documentary work has focused on architects, the built environment and urban planning.  In shows about architects including Jeanne Gang, Michael Graves and Tom Beeby, and the PBS special “10 Towns That Changed America” Andries has examined the relationship between the designer, the times and the needs of society.  He has won six Emmys, a number of awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and honors at film and television festivals around the country, including the Architecture and Design Film Festival.

    The program is presented by the Chicago Chapter of SAH in partnership with the Society of Architectural Historians.

    October 11, 2018
    6:00 pm
    Cliff Dwellers
    200 S Michigan, 22nd floor
    Cash bar reception at 5:00 pm precedes the talk
    Free event; for reservations, RSVP to Judy Freeman at or at 773-929-0329

  • ATR Special Issue: 'Architecture and Crowds'

    Dates: 13 Jun – 01 Oct, 2018

    In 1961, Elias Canetti publishedCrowds and Power. In this book, Canetti suggests that in essence there are two categories of crowds: the open and the closed crowd. The “open” crowd is a natural crowd: it gathers spontaneously, it exists as long as it grows, and it disintegrates as soon as it stops growing. On the other side of the spectrum is the “closed” crowd. This type renounces growth and emphasizes permanence. It has a boundary and creates a space for itself, which it fills. Canetti writes: “The building is waiting for them [the crowd]; it exists for their sake and, so long as it is there, they will be able to meet in the same manner. The space is theirs, even during the ebb, and in its emptiness it reminds them of the flood.”

    Although crowd historiography experienced a heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, concomitant research in architectural history, theory, urban planning and urban design remained largely absent. This is surprising given that the concept of the crowd is intricately bound to these disciplines. The organisation of space can both shape and obstruct the formation of crowds. The most celebrated examples of planning in the grand manner—think of Haussmann’s Paris—are often interpreted as projections of state or imperial power, designed to suppress or control crowd formation. Yet architecture and urban design is not always utilised in the service of state power and some public projects have a radical or democratic intent. Lina Bo Bardi’s MASP in São Paolo, for instance, is suspended from two massive portal frames, deliberately creating a large open area at street level to facilitate crowd formation along the Avenida Paulista, a longstanding site of protest.

    Certain building types are specifically designed for the assembly of “closed” crowds. Their design not only determines the size and organisation of the crowd, as well as its flows and rhythms, but their spaces often also reveal (intangible) aspects of the organisation of society. Mapped over time, these building types can express evolving concepts of community and citizenship; they can offer insight into changing customs and mores, and they can reveal structures of inclusion and exclusion. The Roman amphitheatres, for instance, were a central staple of the ancient world; in the Middle Ages, cathedrals were the site and scene of great assemblies of people; and in recent times shopping centres, sport stadia and concert halls have accommodated modern crowds—from political rallies and riots, to sporting events, flash mobs and raves.

    Yet beyond a few emblematic twentieth century projects, such as Albert Speer’s Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg and Mies van der Rohe’s unbuilt Chicago Convention Centre, scholars of the built environment have only rarely touched upon the subject of architecture and the crowd. For this special issue of ATR, we invite submissions that investigate the relationship between architecture, urban design and the formation of crowds in two main ways: 1) through realised projects; and 2) by considering the way in which crowds have been depicted in architecture through various modes and media, including photomontage, drawings, computer generated imagery, etc.

    Submissions may address one or more of the following themes: crowds, architecture and urban identity; crowds, architecture and security; representation of crowds, citizenship and social identity in architecture and urban design; social exclusion and inclusion in the architecture of mass gatherings, especially the racialised and gendered visions of the collective; atmosphere and environment in crowded buildings and places; architecture and its relationship to collective effervescence, intersubjectivity and collective memory; architecture, urban design and mechanisms of crowd dispersal.

    Instructions for Authors
    Full papers may be submitted to the ATR Manuscript Central site by October 1, 2018:
    This issue of ATR (23, no. 2) will be published in August 2019.

    Editorial information
    Guest editor: Cameron Logan, The University of Sydney (
    Guest editor: Janina Gosseye, The University of Queensland (

  • Announcement: CFP for NCSA 2019 Conference

    Dates: 07 Jun – 30 Sep, 2018
    CFP:  40th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, March 7-9, 2019  Kansas City, Missouri: EXPLORATIONS 
    The NCSA conference committee invites proposals that examine the theme of explorations in the history, literature, art, music and popular culture of the nineteenth century. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to this theme are welcome from North American, British, European, Asian, African and worldwide perspectives.

    From the early nineteenth century, when Lewis and Clark paddled through the Kansas City area on their way up the Missouri River to explore the North American continent, through the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, the building of factories and railroads, the mechanization of agriculture, and the advent of mass-produced cultural artifacts, the American Midwest became a crossroads for explorers and inventors, hucksters and entrepreneurs, artists and musicians, poets and dreamers who pursued their discoveries toward destinations made possible by the wide-open spaces of the Great Plains. In this way, the Kansas City region is emblematic of a larger set of trends in the global evolution of culture that radically altered the fundamental conditions of human existence during the nineteenth century. 

    — How does the discovery of new geographical knowledge change the perception of human possibility?
    — How do innovations in science and technology affect the development of literature, music and art?
    — How does the recovery of previously unheard voices – of women, of workers, of ethnic minorities and people of color – influence the understanding of social history in America and the wider world?
    — Topics for investigation include encounters between Western explorers and indigenous people; the impact of steamships and railways upon changing perceptions of time and space; resistance and accommodation between traditional folkways and mass-produced culture; and the development of new idioms in literature, art and music to express the broader horizons of nineteenth-century self-awareness.

    Proposals are due by September 30, 2018. Send 300-word abstracts (as an email attachment in MS Word format) along with a one-page CV to


    Call for Roundtable Proposals:  Roundtable discussions provide conference attendees the opportunity to engage in spirited conversation and collaborative exchange of information and resources. The format of roundtable discussions will be lively, interactive discourse among presenters and conference participants, not lecture or panel-style delivery. Roundtable sessions will be 80 minutes long. Presenters should regard themselves primarily as facilitators and should limit their own prepared remarks to five minutes or less. Extensive collaboration among the presenters before the conference is encouraged, since the goal is to foster extensive, diverse, and cogent perspectives on interdisciplinary research topics of general interest to NCSA members. Roundtables should be pre-organized by a group of 4-8 presenters. To propose a roundtable topic, please send a single 300-word abstract describing the general topic of the roundtable (as an email attachment in MS Word format) to

    Your abstract should include the proposed session title and the full name of each presenter, with their email and phone contacts, job title and affiliation. Indicate which presenter has agreed to serve as discussion moderator. Please be sure to confirm the participation of all presenters before submitting your abstract.  Roundtable proposals are due by September 30, 2018.

    Conference Venue: The conference will be held at the newly renovated Marriott Country Club Plaza in midtown Kansas City, adjacent to the open-air shops and restaurants of the Country Club Plaza and in easy walking distance of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  Conference Registration will open in December 2018. AV requirements are due January 1, early registration closes on January 20, and registration ends on February 20.  Conference website:
  • Preserving the Recent Past 3 conference - March 13-16, 2019 - Los Angeles

    Los Angeles | Dates: 13 – 16 Mar, 2019

    The Historic Preservation Education Foundation, the University of Southern California School of Architecture, and the National Park Service are pleased to announce a three-day conference dedicated to identifying and preserving post-World War II historic resources, to take place March 13-16, 2019 at University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture in Los Angeles. Following pre-conference tours on Wednesday March 13, the main paper sessions in concurrent tracks will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 14–15. A closing panel and reception will be held Friday evening. Additional tours and workshops will be held throughout the Los Angeles area on Saturday, March 16.

    Building upon the groundbreaking 1995 Preserving the Recent Past, and the 2000 Preserving the Recent Past 2, this third conference will provide a new forum to share the latest strategies for identifying, protecting, and conserving significant structures and sites from the post-World War II era. Public and private stakeholders are invited from across the spectrum of preservation, non- profit and development organizations, specialists in architectural conservation, owners and site managers, design and construction professionals, planners, government officials, educators, students, and fans of postwar cultural resources.

    In the almost two decades since the last Preserving the Recent Past conference, a variety of new resource types and styles, from post-Modernism to Brutalism, have reached fifty years of age; innovation continues in the treatment of postwar materials and assemblies; new surveying techniques for large suburban and urban landscapes have emerged; and ongoing efforts seek to expand the ways preservation can help tell the stories of postwar culture and social movements.

    PRP3 will feature:Multiple paper sessions over two days covering historic rehabilitation and advocacy strategies and technical conservation issues and solutions for recent past resources; special seminars and workshops on targeted topics; tours of recent past sites throughout the Los Angeles area; AIA Continuing Education Learning Units for all paper sessions, workshops, and tours; complimentary space for affinity organization meetings; onsite book sales

    Potential topics include: rehabilitation and reuse strategies for recent past buildings and sites; conservation issues, sustainability and solutions for post-World War II resources; techniques for surveying recent past neighborhoods and commercial districts; advocacy challenges and opportunities for the recent past; thematic frameworks and trends related to recent past buildings, sites, and landscapes; significant Post-war era sites of underserved communities; new digital approaches to documenting and interpreting recent past sites; Post-war modernism, Brutalism, Postmodernism and questions on identifying resources

    For more information, visit or email 

  • Bruno Zevi Prize 2018

    Dates: 06 Jun – 10 Sep, 2018

    With a view to developing and disseminating the teaching of Bruno Zevi and his method of critical and historical inquiry, The Bruno Zevi Foundation is holding an international competition to award a prize for a historical-critical essay offering an original analysis of an architectural work or theme or an architect of the past or present. The competition is open to PhD researchers with experience in these fields:

    –­  the key role of space in architecture;

    –­  the ancient sources of the modern language;

    –­  history as methodology of architectural practice;

    –­  the modern language of architecture;

    –­  landscape and the zero-degree language of architecture.

    Essays published previously are not eligible. The languages admitted are Italian, English and French. The prize consists of the publication of the essay and in the invitation to give a lecture on the occasion of the award.

    In this twelfth edition the member of the jury are: Roberto Dulio, Marzia Marandola, Lucy Maulsby, David Rifkind, Elena Tinacci.

    Those wishing to enter for the competition are required to provide the Bruno Zevi Foundation with all the documents required by no later than September, 10, 2018 (as attested by postmark).

  • Investigating Where We Live

    Washington | Dates: 11 Aug, 2018 – 31 Dec, 2018
    How do the arts and culture impact Washington, D.C.? Participants in the Investigating Where We Live program this summer are exploring the city, meeting artists and residents, and making connections to their own communities to answer this question. Visit their curated exhibition to learn about local teens’ views of Washington, D.C. through photographs, writing, and artwork.

    Investigating Where We Live, awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2013, is a five week summer program at the Museum for teens from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Participants use digital cameras, creative writing, interviews, and their own observations to explore, document, and interpret the built environment in D.C. neighborhoods. They use their findings to design and install an exhibition in the Museum.

  • Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture

    Montreal | Dates: 06 Jun – 02 Sep, 2018

    Today, after many decades of questioning science’s capacity to provide answers to architecture’s social mandate, architects and designers are once again enchanted with the concept of the laboratory. Originally conceived as the physical space for the practice of alchemy and crystalized in its modern form during the Enlightenment, the laboratory has become an omnipresent term in architectural education, practice and theory. Architecture schools, corporate firms and governmental think tanks are once again saturated with “design labs,” all of which promise to provide objective and precise solutions to contemporary design challenges. In its ubiquity as metaphor, physical space, and visual aesthetic, the laboratory has become an unquestioned dogma. At a moment when science and the production of scientific knowledge are once again undergoing an attack, architecture’s reinvigorated faith in the infallibility of science paradoxically resembles the blind devotion of a religious cult.

    Instead of reinforcing any preconceived hierarchies between these two fields, Lab Cult explores a more symmetrical narrative. Through an eclectic juxtaposition of case studies from science and architecture, this exhibition suggests a history of close-knit relationships and mutual exchanges. Architects are often accused of borrowing, transforming or even misappropriating scientific ideas, tools and working protocols in their attempt to systematize the intuitive aspects of the creative process. At the same time, though, scientists strongly rely on architectural concepts, representations and material means to stage and communicate sophisticated set-ups of rigorous investigation.

    The exhibition is organized under six themes: “Designing Instruments, “Measuring Movement,” “Visualizing Forces,” “Testing Animals,” “Building Models,” and “Observing Behaviour.” Each of these themes is presented by pairing one historical case study from science with one from architecture. Ranging from the late 19th century to the early 1980s, these case studies identify the ways in which working concepts, methods and protocols have been exchanged across different time periods between scientists and architects of diverse disciplinary backgrounds, such as architecture, psychology, engineering, physiology, mathematics, industrial design, computer science and others.

    Curator: Evangelos Kotsioris, 2016–2017 Emerging Curator
    Graphic design: Louise Paradis, Montreal
    Drawings: New Affiliates, New York

  • Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America

    Chicago | Dates: 27 Oct, 2018 – 02 Dec, 2019

    Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America reveals how Chicago brought cutting-edge modern design to the American marketplace on a scale unmatched by any other city. The exhibition focuses on 1930s–50s, a critical period in American history. It presents issues of design and aesthetics within the larger social, economic and cultural context of the time and explores how the city’s hosting of the 1933-34 World’s Fair, its industries, advertising firms and mail order companies advanced modern design on local, regional and national levels. Innovative designs coupled with the might of Chicago’s manufacturing and distribution infrastructure led to the mass production of affordable state-of-the-art products featuring a new urban-inspired aesthetic that furnished public and private spaces across the country.

    The exhibition includes more than 200 objects, photographs and documents, many on view for the first time. The works of many celebrated designers, such as Alfonso Iannelli, Otis Shephard and Wolfgang Hoffmann will be featured.

    Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America is curated by Olivia Mahoney, senior curator at the Chicago History Museum.

  • Treasures from the White City: Chicago World's Fair of 1893

    Chicago | Dates: 08 Sep, 2018 – 06 Jan, 2019

    The Richard H. Driehaus Museum presents Treasures from the White City: Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, displaying original objects and memorabilia designed for and exhibited at the fair on the occasion of its 125th anniversary.

    The objects are drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, as well as the Richard H. Driehaus private collection, and are exhibited in two galleries in the Nickerson Mansion, a building that not only stood during the World’s Fair in 1893 but also hosted a large reception to celebrate the event.

    Treasures from the White City is divided into three main sections: Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Byzantine chapel and ecclesiastical designs, a selection of substantial silver pieces designed by Gorham Manufacturing Company and Tiffany Studios, and two-dimensional objects from the fair such as photographs, prints, and memorabilia.

    Two of the most remarkable works on view are a large leaded-glass window and a bronze candelabrum. Both objects were designed and created by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company in 1892-93—the candelabrum was displayed in a gallery adjacent to the Byzantine-style chapel, which was included to demonstrate the virtuosity of the Tiffany firm in ecclesiastical designs. The leaded-glass window was modeled after the lectern frontal, or antependium, in the chapel—Tiffany was known to celebrate preferred designs by reproducing them and often transforming them into alternate materials, and he created this ecclesiastical window the same year as the fair.

    Silver production was an established design industry in Chicago by 1893. Tiffany & Company and Gorham Manufacturing Company recognized this by showcasing a multitude of silver objects in their respective pavilions at the fair. Silver pieces featured in the exhibition include a Tiffany Roman punch-bowl purchased by William Randolph Hearst at the Columbian Exposition, as well as a silver jardinière from the Rose Dinner Service. For the jardinière alone, it required 120 hours for the silversmith to form the object, and then more than 270 hours to chase the decoration.

    Tiffany’s celebrated chapel at the World’s Fair lead to important commissions for the firm throughout Chicago which have become iconic part of the City’s architectural and design legacy. Tiffany & Company shared their pavilion at the World’s Fair with Gorham Manufacturing Company who put on a truly spectacular display of silver. This significant showing of silver lead to further growth of Chicago’s already established silver industry. The trends in silver making and design that were established by Tiffany and Gorham at the World’s Fair had a lasting influence on the silver business for decades to come both in Chicago and around the world.


    Chicago | Dates: 18 – 20 Oct, 2018

    Each year 600+ minority architects, urban designers, community activists and design students from across the country come together in fellowship and support for the annual NOMA conference.  This year the 46th annual NOMA Conference, NOMA UNBOUNDED – The Convergence of a Legacy, will be held in Chicago, IL. at the historic Palmer House Hotel, October 17th – 20th.  With the convenient location we’re exploring a new and exciting “conference without walls” concept which will leverage 2/3 of our standard conference programs outside the confines of the hotel, and utilize nearby firms, organizations, and venues. 

     I-NOMA welcomes all of our beloved NOMA family and friends to expand, explore and enjoy our beautiful city for the 46th Annual NOMA Conference in Chicago!

  • SAH Field Seminar to Cuba

    Cuba | Dates: 01 – 14 Dec, 2018
    SAH Cuba Field Seminar
    December 1–14, 2018
    Registration will open at 3 pm CDT on June 12, 2018

    Tour Leader: Belmont Freeman, FAIA
    Double occupancy: $6795 | Single occupancy: $7495
    Limited to 25 participants
    Deadline for Reservations: August 3, 2018
    Deadline for Fellowship Applications: August 3, 2018

    The Society of Architectural Historians’ 2018 Cuba Field Seminar is an ambitious immersion in the architecture, urbanism, and landscape of Cuba, covering territory from Havana in the west to Guantánamo, Cuba's eastern-most province. The first five days will concentrate on the capital and its environs, examining the colonial architecture of the old city, early and mid-century modernism, and the radical avant-garde of the post-revolution period. The second week will take us on an overland journey through a string of historic cities—and beautiful countryside—ending in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s #2 city and very Caribbean counterpart to cosmopolitan Havana. Travel to Cuba, and to Havana in particular, has in recent years become easier for Americans. This tour, therefore, is designed to take SAH members away from tourist centers and to places that they would be unlikely to visit on their own.

    See website for full itinerary and details.
  • The Church Monuments Essay Prize

    Dates: 31 May, 2018 – 31 Dec, 2018

    Deadline: Dec 31, 2018

    The Council of the Church Monuments Society offers a biennial prize of ?250 called the Church Monuments Essay Prize, to be awarded with a certificate for the best essay submitted in the relevant year. The aim of the competition is to stimulate people, particularly those who may be writing on church monuments for the first time, to submit material for the peer-reviewed international annual CMS journal Church Monuments. Therefore, the competition is open only to those who have not previously published an article in Church Monuments.

    The subject of the essay must be an aspect of church monuments of any period in Britain or abroad. The length (including endnotes) shall not exceed 10,000 words and a maximum of 10 illustrations, preferably in colour. The prize will only be awarded if the essay is considered by the judges to be of sufficiently high standard to merit publication in Church Monuments. The closing date for new entries is 31 December 2018. For a copy of the rules and for the guidelines to contributors please see the Society?s website, or contact the Hon. Journal Editor for more details and/or advice on the suitability of a particular topic.

    Address for details and for submission of articles (deadline 31 December 2018):

    Dr Jonathan Trigg, Editor


  • Travel Grant to Docomomo US National Symposium in Columbus, IN | Sept. 26-29, 2018

    Columbus | Dates: 26 – 29 Sep, 2018

    Docomomo US/NOCA Travel Grant for Students & Emerging Professionals

    The Docomomo US Northern California (NOCA) Chapter is pleased to offer a travel grant for one student or emerging professional to attend and participate in the Docomomo US National Symposium 2018 in Columbus, Indiana, from September 26-29, 2018.

    The Docomomo NOCA Travel Grant provides financial support for students and emerging professionals committed to the documentation and conservation of Modern buildings and landscapes. The intention of the scholarship is enable one individual to participate in the Docomomo US 2018 National Symposium.

    Please find information about eligibility and application requirements at:

    Applications will close on June 30, 2018 at 11:59PM PST. The grant recipient will be notified early July 2018.


    About the 2018 Docomomo US National Symposium

    The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for professionals to discuss and share efforts to preserve Modern architecture and meet leading practitioners and industry professionals. Held annually, this multi-day conference seeks to engage local participants in cities across the United States, offering participants the ability to interact with and explore a wide variety of significant modern architecture and sites.

    The US Modern Movement in architecture is broadly defined as the period from 1930-1970s. Buildings or sites of the period often looked to the future without overt references to historical precedent; expressed functional, technical or spatial properties; and were conscious of being modern, expressing the principles of modern design. The architecture produced during this period took on many forms and represented a range of complex ideology. 

    The 2018 National Symposium: Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation will feature four days of engaging programming, exclusive tours, and keynote conversations with visionary leaders. The theme of this year’s symposium will explore how investing in the value of good design can make communities better and how new approaches to preservation are positively incorporating our modern heritage into the future of cities.

    To learn more about the 2018 National Symposium, visit: e-preservation.
  • History Lessons: Everyday Objects from Chicago Public Housing

    Chicago | Dates: 30 May – 31 Aug, 2018

    The National Public Housing Museum is pleased to announce the opening reception for our newest exhibition, History Lessons: Everyday Objects from Chicago Public Housing on May 30th.

    The exhibition, which features ordinary objects from public housing residents that share with us amazing stories of personal endeavors, as well as commemorating those that were most important in shaping their lives. The objects are described by the residents themselves, giving visitors a first-hand account of how these items played a part in their lives. The labels were created during writing workshops with Audrey Petty and Nate Marshall or during interviews with Rich Cahan.

    The opening will take place on May 30th at the NPHM offices, which are located at 625 N Kingsbury St, from 5:30-7:30 PM. Refreshments and drinks will be served.

    This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring Sign-Language Interpreters, Real-time captioners, or other accommodations should contact Mark Jaeschke at (773) 245-1621 or at least one week in advance of the event.

  • Designing Waste: Strategies for a Zero Waste City

    New York | Dates: 14 Jun – 01 Sep, 2018
    June 14, 2018 - September 1, 2018

    Designing Waste: Strategies for a Zero Waste City explores how architects, designers, and building professionals can help NYC achieve its goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030. The exhibition focuses on a particular segment of the waste stream: the brief period between when we discard something and it rolls away on the back of a truck.

    Curator: Andrew Blum
    Designer: Wkshps


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