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Paul R. Williams-Designed Mosaic Realized at UCLA 60 Years Later

By Lois Lee Pioneering Black architect Paul Revere Williams, FAIA (1894-1980), is finally receiving well-deserved, national recognition 40 years after his death. Williams’ extensive portfolio transcends the racial boundaries of the architecture profession during his time , and his story...

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Los Angeles Has a River? Art as an Agent of Conservation and Change

By Tracy Stone It may surprise you to hear that Los Angeles has a river that traverses 51 miles of the city and county and is, in fact, the reason that the city exists where it does. Once a source of sustenance for the region, the Los Angeles River is best known as a concrete flood control...

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7 Preservation Resolutions for 2021

Editor's Note: For a look back at 2020 check out last week's post Looking Back on 2020: Where Do We Go From Here? and make sure to share your preservation resolutions on Forum Connect. 2020 was a rough year. For thousands of non-profit organizations across the country in small towns and...

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Here, Now: Contemporary Art at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

By Kate Menconeri Imagine visiting Thomas Cole at his house in 1840 and standing eye-to-eye with one of his original paintings such as “The Architect's Dream . ” Cole, who spent years exploring the Catskill landscapes that inspired his art, hung his own paintings, still wet from the studio, on...

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Art or Awful: The Conservation of Graffiti

By Stephanie M. Hoagland Cities such as Los Angeles are spending almost $7 million a year on graffiti removal. At the same time, graffiti artist Banksy’s piece, “Keeping it Spotless,” sold at Sotheby's for almost $1.9 million. In London walking tours showcase the city’s graffiti, and...

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Using Music to Lift Cliveden’s “Liberty To Go To See”

Filmed and produced by Shannon Lawrence In 2014 David Young, then the executive director of Cliveden , wrote about a new play that explored the life of the enslaved and free people that had once lived at this Germantown Avenue home in Philadelphia. Developed by the staff of the ...

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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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