Latrobe Chapter Symposium: Art in Architecture, Architecture in Art

posted Feb 3, 2015, 7:28 AM by Bill Marzella   [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 2:42 PM ]
G. Byron Peck, Duke Ellington, mural at 1200 U St. NW Washington DC, 1997/2010; removed for repairs in 2012 

Organized by the Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians, in collaboration with the DC Preservation League and the Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning.  
The 11th Biennial Symposium explores the relationship between architecture and art as it pertains to the built environment of greater Washington, DC.

Saturday, March 21
Twelve scholars will present their research proposing diverse approaches to understanding how architecture interacts with other artistic media, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, posters, film, or performance.

Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning, Crough Center for Architectural Studies

9:00    Continental Breakfast

9:30    Welcome and Introduction
Elizabeth Milnarik, President, Latrobe Chapter
John Sandor, President, DC Preservation League

10:00    Murals and Public Artworks
Chair: Lauren Oswalt McHale, The L’Enfant Trust

A Perfect Partnership: Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and His Mural Painter Hildreth Meière
Catherine Coleman Brawer, Independent Scholar and Curator

The “cream of the whole building”: The Grand Stair of the Interior Building, 1937-1948
Sara A. Butler, Roger Williams University

Image, Space, and the Shaping of Historical Memory in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda
Debra Hanson, Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar

Humanizing the Jet Age: Harry Bertoia’s Bronze Mural for Dulles Airport
Sydney Skelton Simon, Stanford University

12:00    Lunch

1:00    Architectural Representations
Chair: Susanneh Bieber, American University

Reconstructing Washington’s Washington in Eliza Greatorex’s Souvenir of 1876
Katherine Manthorne, City University of New York

The National Gallery that never was: Franklin Webster Smith and the Cultural Politics of the Mall in 1900
Phil Jacks, George Washington University

WPA Posters, New Deal Reform, and the Visual Rhetoric of Modern Planning
Cory Pillen, Fort Lewis College

Surrender Dorothy! The D.C. Mormon Temple and The Wizard of Oz
Margaret M. Grubiak, Villanova University

2:45    Coffee Break

3:15    Architectural Objects and Structures
Chair: Christine Henry, University of Maryland

Swedish Modernism comes to Northern Virginia: Shaping an American Cemetery
Karin Alexis, Independent Scholar

Concrete in Camelot: Brutalist Government Architecture as Political Art
Brian M. Sirman, Boston University College

Paintings as Walls: Peter Blake, Jackson Pollock, and the Myth of Unframed Space
Helen A. Harrison, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

Coexisting Harmoniously: The Architectural Themes of the Philip Johnson-designed Kreeger Residence/Museum and the Spirited Art Collection of David and Carmen Kreeger
Karol R. Williams, Independent Scholar

Sunday, March 22
Participants will take a bus tour to visit murals and other local sites related to the symposium theme.

Tour departs from and returns to Catholic University, School of Architecture and Planning

1:00 - 4:00 pm
Some might say that Washington is a city of murals: Many grace the interiors of our most prominent buildings and memorials, and even more are installed on the exteriors of both public and private structures.

In the 1910s Jules Guerin collaborated with architect Henry Bacon to create the murals “Emancipation” and “Unity” for the interior of the Lincoln Memorial. Guerin scholar Dr. Stephanie Rufino will speak to us on site about the history of the murals, their controversial themes, and their relationship to the architectural program of the memorial.

We will also visit several outdoor murals that demonstrate a range of approaches and relationships to the built environment. Some murals adopt the architectural surrounding as an integral part of their aesthetic, others respond to the built environment in light, even whimsical ways, while still others move beyond their architectural context. We will hear directly from artists, activists, and organizers who have been involved with the creation and preservation of these public works of art.

The tour is organized in collaboration with DC Murals: Spectacle and Story, which is providing artists, commentary, and a brochure for the event. DC Murals has documented and interpreted the public murals of Washington since 1997.

Register deadline March 8, 2015. Seating is limited.

Follow this link to register online!

Or, complete and mail the attached registration form and payment.

Co-chaired by Susanneh Bieber, American University, email: (symposium); and Susan West Montgomery, National Trust for Historic Preservation, email: (tour).
Bill Marzella,
Feb 3, 2015, 7:44 AM