This two-day symposium funded by a grant from the Getty Foundation “Keeping it Modern and the Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos Fund, will explore the history and preservation of mid-century modern buildings. With a focus on Wellesley’s Jewett Arts Center, internationally known experts in architectural history, historic preservation, music, and landscape history will examine the cultural contexts, design strategies, and future uses of historic modern buildings on American college and university campuses.
Susan Macdonald, head of field projects and director of the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative at the Getty Conservation Institute, will deliver the keynote address. Her talk, entitled “Somewhere Between History and Current Events: Conserving Modern Heritage” will discuss the conservation issues and challenges presented by modern architecture and the Getty’s activities to develop best practices in the conservation of twentieth-century heritage.
Saturday’s panels will lead the conversation into the Jewett Arts Center, from its architectural history and conversation to its mission to break down physical and intellectual barriers bring art history, studio art, music, theater, and an art museum in a single building. Saturday’s talks conclude with a broader discussion of mid-century modern planning and practices on university and college campuses.
For information and registration, please visit wellesley.edu/about/collegehistory/jewett