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 → 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 →

  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:   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 →