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PastForward Preview: Zenka, Artist and Futurist

Zenka is an artist and futurist. She is a thought leader in the field of augmented reality technology and exponential change. Her focus is creating meaningful conversations around what is possible in the future using emerging technology and crowd participation. Her work can be seen in the...

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The Art of Preservation at Chesterwood

By Valerie Balint Artists’ homes frequently represent a unique combination of a domestic environment and a laboratory for experimenting with new modes of artistic expression. At home, unfettered by the need to satisfy patrons, the artist is free to try their hand at architecture, landscape...

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When Does Historic Preservation Become Social Justice? Public Art and Cultural Heritage Preservation

Last week the Forum blog began a series that responds to the question: When does historic preservation become social justice? In this next post we talk to three artists about where preservation, place, and art intersect with this important question. Interested in starting a discussion about...

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Indiana in Connecticut: The Glass House Installs Robert Indiana’s One Through Zero

By Hilary Lewis When I came on board as chief curator and creative director at the Glass House in January 2017, I determined that we should make every effort to exhibit artists who had strong ties to Philip Johnson and David Whitney as part of our 10th anniversary as a National Trust for...

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The Heritage Film Set: A UK Perspective on Caring for Historic Filming Locations

By Clare Flynn Hogwarts, Winterfell, Downton Abbey, the First Jedi Temple—the images that spring to mind when one considers many of the iconic settings from recent films and television series are not of fictional or imaginary places, but rather of the real-life heritage sites that...

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Organizing Exhibitions at the Glass House

By Irene Shum Although some preservationists may question the relevance and suitability of art exhibitions at historic sites, the temporary art exhibition program is as important for the Glass House (located in New Canaan, Connecticut) as brick-and-mortar preservation. The program supports...

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preservationPLACES: A Reading List

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been providing our annual PastForward reading lists—curated selections of reports, articles, and videos to prep you for our annual conference. We hope that they’ll spark discussions come November 15–18, when PastForward arrives in Houston,...

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Restoration at the Glass House: Enhancing Performance, Maintaining Design Integrity

By Chelsea-Anne L. Harrington Completed in 1970, the Sculpture Gallery at The Glass House was built to display Philip Johnson’s sculpture collection, which includes works by prominent artists such as Frank Stella, Michael Heizer, and Robert Rauschenberg, to name only a few. The...

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Spring 2016 Forum Journal : Activating Historic Spaces

Activating historic spaces hinges on engaging audiences, existing and new, in the reimagination of a site. Successfully activating places requires connection on two levels. First of all, the activation of a place must credibly incorporate its past. As Jorge Otero-Pailos explains in this issue,...

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Getting It in Writing: Negotiating Agreements with Artists at Historic Sites

By Carrie Villar and Anne Nelson The powerful benefits of activating historic places with the arts have been outlined many times before .But once you’ve identified a potential artistic collaboration, what’snext? How do you convert the creative idea into a project that servesboth the site...

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