SAH-HIG-The Historic Interiors Affiliate Group, invites its members and scholars of medieval art and architecture to submit proposals for its second HIG-organized session at the Society of Architectural Historians in Montreal in April 2023.  Its focus, on material culture and medieval church interiors, expands our group’s consideration of the history of the interior beyond the modern period. The deadline for the submission of proposals is June 7, 2022. https://www.sah.org/2023/call-for-papers Material Religion Through the Sacred Interior Following the Protestant Reformation, clerics and church officials stripped the interior spaces of many western medieval churches of their polychromy, textiles, choir screens, side altars, and sculptures, fundamentally changing theRead More →

SAH 2022 April 27-May 1st in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania HIG Business Meeting and By-Laws Vote, UPDATED TIME: Thursday 4/28/2022 1:30 – 2:30 PM ET Zoom link for those who wish to join virtually: Paula Lupkin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.Topic: SAH-HIG Spring Business Meeting Time: Apr 28, 2022 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting https://unt.zoom.us/j/81630233694Meeting ID: 816 3023 3694 One tap mobile +13462487799,,81630233694# US (Houston) +12532158782,,81630233694# US (Tacoma)Dial by your location         +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)         +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)         +1 669 900 6833 USRead More →

Monday, March 28, 2pm EST (11 am PST, 12 pm MST, 1 pm CST, 7:00 GMT) New Approaches to Interiors in New Books Organized by the SAH Historic Interiors Group (HIG), this online event concerns methods and approaches to race, gender, sexuality and politics in two new books which can help in understanding historic interiors. Kristina Wilson, Mid-Century Modernism and the American Body: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Power in Design (Princeton U. Press, 2021) Examining advice manuals, advertisements in Life and Ebony, furniture, art, and more, Wilson offers a powerful new look at how codes of race, gender, and identity influenced—and were influenced by—Modern design and shaped its presentationRead More →

Call for SAH Historic Interiors Affiliate Group-Organized session proposal for SAH 2023 The SAH Historic Interiors Affiliate Group invites session proposals on the theme of historic interiors for SAH 2023. Members and non-members of HIG are invited to submit proposals for an in-person session that would be of interest to the SAH membership as a whole for the SAH conference to be held in Montreal, April 12–16, 2023. HIG welcomes proposals that introduce new scholarship, methods and approaches that reflect the diversity of interiors. The benefits of a session organized by HIG include the likelihood of an audience of HIG members for the panel atRead More →

https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2021/afrofuturist-period-room The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Hannah Beachler and Michelle Commander reimagine the period room through the lens of Afrofuturism. This “period room” project is a milestone in the decolonization of the museum and the history of interiors The Met’s description: “Seneca Village—a vibrant nineteenth-century community of predominantly Black landowners and tenants—flourished in an area just west of The Met, in what is now Central Park. By the 1850s, the village comprised some fifty homes, three churches, multiple cemeteries, a school, and many gardens. It represented both an escape from the crowded and dangerous confines of lower Manhattan and a site of opportunity, ownership, freedom,Read More →

The Historic Interiors Affiliate Group of the Society of Architectural Historians is proud to announce its first sponsored session at the SAH 2022 Meeting in Pittsburgh, “Electric Interiors” chaired by Timothy Rohan. Please circulate the call to those who might be interested. The deadline for paper submissions for this and other sessions that engage with interiors and their histories (listed below)  is June 2.   Electric Interiors from the Nineteenth Century to the Present How did the introduction of electricity and subsequent development of electronics transform the design, use and experience of interiors? Science has investigated electricity since antiquity, but its transformative potential for interiorsRead More →

“‘Joy every day’: New Yorkers reveal their fabulous apartments – in pictures” The Guardian has published a series of photographs of New Yorkers in their homes by Sally Davies.  It is a visual delight and another example of what I think of as “home portraits.”  In thinking about the archive/s of historic interiors, how they are preserved and remembered, this genre is a valuable one for us to interrogate and consider.    Read More →