Colloque : « Art in Architecture, Architecture in Art » (Washington, 21-22 mars 2015)

RUE01-600x400Art in Architecture, Architecture in Art (Washington, 
21-22 Mar 15)

Washington DC
Registration deadline: Mar 8, 2015

11th Biennial Symposium of the Historic Development of Metropolitan 
Washington DC

Organized by the Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural 
Historians, in collaboration with the DC Preservation League and the 
Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning

The symposium explores the relationship between architecture and art as 
it pertains to the built environment of greater Washington DC. On 
Saturday, March 21, twelve scholars will present their research 
proposing diverse approaches to understanding how architecture 
interacts with other artistic media, such as painting, sculpture, 
drawing, posters, film, and performance. On Sunday, March 22, 
participants will take a bus tour to visit murals and other local sites 
related to the symposium theme.


Saturday, March 21

Location: Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and 
Planning, Crough Center for Architectural Studies

9.00  Continental Breakfast

9.30  Welcome and Introduction
Elizabeth Milnarik (President, Latrobe Chapter)
John Sandor (President, DC Preservation League)

10.00  Murals and Public Artworks 
Chair: Lauren Oswalt McHale (The L’Enfant Trust)

Catherine Coleman Brawer (Independent Scholar and Curator)
»A Perfect Partnership: Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue and His 
Mural Painter Hildreth Meière«

Sara A. Butler (Roger Williams University)
»The “cream of the whole building”: The Grand Stair of the Interior 
Building, 1937-1948«

Debra Hanson (Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar)
»Image, Space, and the Shaping of Historical Memory in the U.S. Capitol 

Sydney Skelton Simon (Stanford University)
»Humanizing the Jet Age: Harry Bertoia’s Bronze Mural for Dulles 

12.00  Lunch

1.00  Architectural Representations
Chair: Susanneh Bieber (American University)

Katherine Manthorne (City University of New York)
»Reconstructing Washington’s Washington in Eliza Greatorex’s Souvenir 
of 1876«

Phil Jacks (George Washington University)
»The National Gallery that never was: Franklin Webster Smith and the 
Cultural Politics of the Mall in 1900«

Cory Pillen (Fort Lewis College)
»WPA Posters, New Deal Reform, and the Visual Rhetoric of Modern 

Margaret M. Grubiak (Villanova University)
»Surrender Dorothy! The D.C. Mormon Temple and The Wizard of Oz«

2.45  Coffee Break

3.15  Architectural Objects and Structures 
Chair: Christine Henry (University of Maryland)

Karin Alexis (Independent Scholar)
»Swedish Modernism comes to Northern Virginia: Shaping an American 

Brian M. Sirman (Boston University College)
»Concrete in Camelot: Brutalist Government Architecture as Political 

Helen A. Harrison (Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center)
»Paintings as Walls: Peter Blake, Jackson Pollock, and the Myth of 
Unframed Space«

Karol R. Williams (Independent Scholar)
»Coexisting Harmoniously: The Architectural Themes of the Philip 
Johnson-designed Kreeger Residence/Museum and the Spirited Art 
Collection of David and Carmen Kreeger«

Sunday, March 22
1:00-4:00 pm   Bus and Walking Tour

Tour departs from and returns to Catholic University, School of 
Architecture and Planning

For additional information and registration visit

Susanneh Bieber, American University; email:
Susan West Montgomery, National Trust for Historic Preservation; email:

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