SAH Newsletter

August Newsletter 2013

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August 2013 Volume LVII, No. 8 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter  

  SAH Establishes New Film and Video Award
The SAH Award for Film and Video has been established to recognize annually the most distinguished international work of film or video on the history of the built environment. The work will be judged on its contribution to the understanding of the built environment (defined either as deepening that understanding or as bringing that understanding to new audiences), a high standard of research and analysis, and excellence in design and production. The award will be presented during the SAH Annual Conference Awards Ceremony and announced in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), the SAH Newsletter and on the SAH website. The winning film or video will become part of the Society’s permanent archive, housed in the library at its headquarters, Charnley-Persky House, in Chicago. Applications open September 1, 2013 and will close December 1, 2013.
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  October 4: Study Day in Columbus, Indiana
In 1991, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) ranked Columbus the sixth most architecturally important city in the U.S. Join us and learn how this thriving Midwestern town became the architectural mecca that it is. Tour sites will include the recently restored Irwin Union Bank by Eero Saarinen and Miller House and Garden, which combines the design genius of Eero Saarinen, Dan Kiley, and Alexander Girard. Also included are works by world-renowned architects I. M. Pei, Eliel Saarinen, Gunnar Birkerts, Myron Goldsmith, Edward Bassett, Ralph Johnson, Kevin Roche, and Fred Koetter, as well as landscape designs by Dan Kiley, Jack Curtis, and Michael Van Valkenburgh. Organized by former SAH Treasurer and Miller House docent Henry Kuehn. Registration for the study day will open Tuesday, August 27, at 3 p.m. CST. 
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  SAH Study Day Los Angeles Report
By Study Tour Fellow Alex Tulinsky, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington
On July 19th a group of 10 SAH members explored two museum exhibitions on postwar architecture in Los Angeles. The exhibitions were among a series of events this spring and summer associated with Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., an initiative of the Getty Foundation. The morning was spent at the Getty, where Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990, a survey of the period, was on display. The tour was co-led by the curators, Wim de Wit, head of architecture and contemporary art, the Getty Research Institute and Christopher Alexander, assistant curator of architecture and contemporary art, the Getty Research Institute. The afternoon was spent at the Hammer Museum exhibit A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living, curated by Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, head of department and associate curator of architecture and design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with the tour by Ellen Donnelly, curatorial fellow. 
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  Architectural History: College Prep 2013
SAH Blog Post by Kostis Kourelis
Can architectural history empower? John Ruskin answered affirmatively with pragmatic initiatives that challenged the obvious associations of architectural capital and hegemony. Ruskin made his students at Oxford strip to their waists and build roads, he published letters to working class readers (Fors Clavigera), established utopian NGOs (Guild of Saint George), and developed curricula for technical schools. As Dolores Hayden has shown, the "power of place" and social justice have been an integral component of architectural discourse in the U.S. In the spirit of Ruskin's, however, architectural history's engagement with the community needs constant reaffirmation, especially recently, when educational resources for the arts and humanities have been dwindling in secondary education.
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  Race, Space, and Trayvon Martin
SAH Blog Post by Dianne Harris
In a few weeks, I’ll once again begin teaching my fall semester graduate seminar on “Race and Space” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I hold a faculty position. The seminar examines the relationship between the social construction of race and the construction of the built environment (architecture, urban space, landscapes), focusing primarily on the United States. It also examines the relationships that exist among property ownership, race, class, citizenship, justice and notions of belonging. The events of the past week have demonstrated, tragically and again, that race and space are linked, and that they are matters of life and death.
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Patricia Morton Named JSAH Editor Designate
Patricia Morton has been named editor designate of JSAH and will take over as editor on September 1, 2014. Morton is chair of the Art History Department and associate professor of architectural history at the University of California, Riverside. In 2000, MIT Press published her book, Hybrid Modernities: Architecture and Representation at the 1931 International Colonial Exposition in Paris, which has been translated into Japanese. Her work has appeared in such journals as Art Bulletin, Journal of Architecture, Casabella, Journal of Architectural Education, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and in numerous edited volumes. Her current research includes projects on popular culture and postmodern architecture and on human geography and French colonial architecture. She is a book review editor of JSAH, an advisory board member of the European Architectural Historians Network journal, Architectural Histories, and chair of the UC Riverside Faculty Association.
    New JSAH Book Review Editors
Four scholars have been named review editors designate for JSAH and are now accepting books and announcements about exhibitions for review. They include: Joanna Merwood-Salisbury of The New School, for books on North and South America; John Senseney of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for books on pre-1750 Europe, Africa and Asia; Steven Nelson of UCLA, for books on post-1750 Europe, Africa and Asia; and Leslie Topp of University of London, for exhibitions on the history of architecture, landscapes and urbanism.
Click here for JSAH editor contact information.

  Staff Changes at SAH
Former Media and Communications Editor Kara Elliott-Ortega and SAHARA Editorial Assistant Alexandra Markiewicz have left SAH to pursue graduate studies. Kara will begin a master's program in city planning at MIT, and Alexandra will pursue a master's in urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan. 

Helena Karabatsos joins SAH as the new media and communications editor. She previously worked in the Office of Communications and Marketing at New College of Florida and holds a M.A. in art history. 

Jenny Gavacs is the new SAH Archipedia project editor, a position that is funded through a grant from the NEH. Prior to joining SAH, Jenny was assistant acquisitions editor in the reference division of the University of Chicago Press. Previous to her five years of experience in scholarly publishing, Jenny wrote for Condé Nast’s House & Garden magazine. 

Rachel Sweeney continues as SAH Archipedia media editor, a position also funded by the NEH grant. Rachel specializes in archival and image research as well as photo editing and has worked across digital, video and print platforms.

(Pictured from top: Helena Karabatsos, Jenny Gavacs and Rachel Sweeney)     

    49% Cut to NEH Stalled in the House
By acting now, you can help to ensure that this devastating cut doesn't move beyond the committee room. On July 31st, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee considered a 49 percent ($71 million) cut to the National Endowment for the Humanities. After a lengthy debate, the committee adjourned for the August recess without acting on the proposal but with the intent to take it up again in September. We must use this recess to make our voices heard in order prevent these devastating cuts from being enacted. Please send messages to your elected officials today by clicking this link.
Partner News
The Italian Art Society is sponsoring three joint sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 8-11, 2014, on Medieval Art and Architecture in Southern Italy (organized by Nino Zchomelidse & Nicola Camerlenghi). Click here for call for papers.
Current SAH Opportunities 
Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Fellowship: Provides support for travel related to research on Spanish, Portuguese or Ibero-American architecture. Deadline September 6.

SAH Membership Grant for Emerging Professionals: Provides a one-year membership in SAH to emerging scholars to bridge the gap between the Society's subsidized student memberships and the full-cost SAH memberships. Deadline September 14.

SAH / Mellon Author Awards: Provides financial relief to early-career scholars who are paying image rights and permissions for use in publications. Deadline September 15.

H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship: $50,000 award to cover one year of travel for a recent graduate or emerging scholar. Deadline October 1.

HABS-SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship: A joint program of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the National Park Service's Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), this fellowship permits an architectural historian to work on a 12-week HABS project during the summer of 2014. Deadline December 31.
Members in the News
Vince Michael: Lecture on The Architecture of Barry Byrne
Waverly Lowell: Exhibition: Unbuilt San Francisco
Max Hirsh: Essay on Techno-Pastoral Fantasies at Hong Kong International
Barry Bergdoll: Stepping Down at MoMA, Returning to Columbia
Stanley Tigerman, FAIA: 2013 AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award
Obituary: Barbara Wriston, SAH Fellow

SAH August Booklist
Read the August Booklist of recently published architecture books and related works. The booklist and exhibition catalog list are selected by Barbara Opar, architecture librarian, Syracuse University Library.

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