HIG member and panel participant William Littmann has recently published two pieces in the online journal Platform on the issue of pedagogy and its challenges in a time of Covid and Decolonization.  Pedagogy is an area of central interest to us as an organization, and I encourage you to read and comment on his ideas. William Littman, “How to Travel the Pandemic” Platform, September 14, 2020 William Littman, “How I Found the Courage to Decolonize My Syllabus” Platform, March 1, 2021Read More →

Artist Talk: Dana Levy St. Louis Art Museum Monday, March 8 | 7–8 pm CST | Free register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N38zhCh7Sk6aMXQmrL6jvw   Dana Levy, Campbell House Project, 2021 The Saint Louis Art Museum is currently exhibiting the work of Dana Levy, whose video, sculpture, and print installations “considers how historic architecture and sites embody lived experiences and change context over time. She often begins her projects with specific buildings, local people, and archives to create works that delve into unique cultural histories and connect to overarching themes of place.”   Join curator Hannah Klemm for a conversation with Israeli-born, New York–based artist Dana Levy. Levy is the recipient ofRead More →

The fourth annual Interior Provocations symposium, Memory, held via Zoom Webinar on February 27, 2021 and co-hosted by Ryerson University and Pratt Institute, includes  papers addressing the broad cultural, historical, and theoretical implications of memory with regard to the practice and scholarship of interior design. Memories, both individual and collective, conspire to give the interior its central place in our collective and individual experiences. Interior memories can be somatic, semantic, and can be measured; they are spun from scents, sounds, textures, traces, and visual cues as well as from more structured, text-based knowledge. As such, interiors offer a unique entry point in grappling with, as well asRead More →

In keeping with the definitional nature of our first webinar, “What is an Historic Interior? the Design History Society’s Student Forum is hosting an event “What is a Design Historian?” with Andrea Foffa, Denise Lai, and Alex Todd. TOMMOROW EVENING 7pm GMT https://www.designhistorysociety.org/events  Read More →

HIG Members!  I am chairing a search for a colleague at the University of North Texas.  While another interiors specialist probably isn’t in the cards, we are searching broadly in the field of design history and material culture.  Please post and circulate this announcement. Best, Paula Lupkin The College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Art History, with a specialization in Design History and Material Culture. Applications are welcome from candidates with specializations from any time period or geography, complementing existing departmental faculty and college specializations in globalRead More →

In the era of Covid, we are occupying, and thinking about, interiors in new ways. HIG member Annmarie Adams reflects on the impact of Covid on interest in the field and concept of interiors in a recently published blog essay “This is Where We Live” on Parlour. Her review ranges from a recent article by Jill Lepore in the New Yorker, popular reactions like the “Room Rater” twitter posts on the interiors of media personalities, architectural criticism, responses by design firms, and events including the “wildly successful” inaugural HIG-SAH Connects webinar of last month. HIG is an important forum for our work as our areaRead More →

Congratulations to P.J. Carlino on an intriguing new article in the Journal of Interior Design: Tied to the Desk: The Somatic Experience of Office Work, 1870–1920 Between 1870 and 1920, American manufacturers designed furniture that re‐shaped the sensorial experience of office work. To help businesses inculcate efficient practice, furniture re‐shaped the posture of employees, programmed their actions, and determined sight lines, soundscapes, and circulation patterns. In the catalogs, textbooks, and trade journals they published, manufacturers gendered and racialized furniture and occupations. By 1920, White‐owned businesses adopted methods built upon standard mass‐produced furniture that affixed White male clerks to their desks and transferred the responsibility forRead More →

  Call for Papers Webinar: Interiors in the era of Covid19 March 2021 (date to be confirmed) Modern Interiors Research Centre, Kingston School of Art, Kingston University (UK) Submission Dates: 06 Nov – 12 Dec, 2020 Location: LONDON, United Kingdom Contact: Patricia Lara-Betancourt Email: p.lara-betancourt@kingston.ac.uk Phone: 07875201114 The Covid19 pandemic has caused people, worldwide, to be confined to their homes for extended periods of time. In addition to their traditional roles as places of refuge and nurturing, homes have had to accommodate the additional roles of schools, gymnasia, restaurants, cinemas, offices, making spaces and more. Above all, the home has been looked to as a site to support andRead More →

On October 21st HIG organized its first event, a Zoom webinar, “What is a Historic Interior?” We are so pleased to share the recording of the webinar, especially for those who were not able to join us on the 21st.  More events are in the works, and we look forward to bringing people together again soon.  https://vimeo.com/473072100 SAH Historic Interiors Affiliate Group (HIG) Roundtable: What is a Historic Interior? Program Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 This webinar, an SAH CONNECTS event sponsored by the newly organized SAH Historic Interiors Affiliate Group (HIG), brings together panelists from diverse fields of academia and practice to discuss a fundamental question:Read More →

RACAR, the journal of the Universities Art Association of Canada, has just released a special issue:  “Approaching Home: New Perspectives on the Domestic Interior.” Guest edited by Erin J. Campbell and Olivier Vallerand, it includes articles and book reviews across a broad chronology and global geographical scale.  Along with an introduction, it has three sections: Community, Nation-Building, and Curated Domesticities. https://www.racar-racar.com/ Congratulations to the editors, and to the authors Linda Stone-Ferrier, Angela Andersen and Can Gündüz, Francesco Freddolini, Magdalena Milosz, Marie-Ève Marchand, Mitchell B. Frank, Katherine Dennis , Katherine Lapierre, Eve Baboula, Menno Hubregtse, Marie-Paule Macdonald, John Potvin, and Colin Ripley. This is a greatRead More →