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Jewett Symposium

Jewett Arts Center architectural rendering merges into current photo


The Jewett Arts Center: The Modern Campus at Mid-Century & Today

Friday Oct. 21 - Saturday Oct. 22
Jewett Arts Center, Wellesley College
106 Central St, Wellesley MA 02481


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Funded by a grant from the Getty Foundation "Keeping it Modern" Program and the Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos '79 Fund of Wellesley College



Schedule of Events

Friday, Oct. 21
Jewett Auditorium, Wellesley College
5:30 pm     Keynote
     Paula A. Johnson, President, Wellesley College
      Alice Friedman, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art, Wellesley College
"Somewhere between History and Current Events: Conserving Modern Heritage"
      Susan Macdonald, Head of Field Projects and Director, Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, CA
7:00 pm     Reception
Saturday, Oct. 22
Collins Cinema, Wellesley College
9:00 - 11:00 am     Session 1: Jewett in the Context of Conserving Modern Architecture
Chair - David Fixler, FAIA, LEED AP, EYP Architecture and Engineering, Boston, MA
"Conserving the Legacy of Two Modern Masters: Mies and Wright"
      T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA, Harboe Architects, Chicago, IL
"Reworking an Adversarial Architecture: Sert and Rudolph"
      Henry Moss, AIA, LEED AP, Bruner/Cott Architects, Boston, MA
"Updating the Jewett Vision: The Arts Reintegrated at Wellesley"
      Steve Kieran, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Kieran Timberlake, Philadelphia, PA
"Guiding Change: A Conservation Plan for Jewett"
      Priya Jain, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, EYP Architecture and Engineering, Boston, MA
11:00 - 11:15 am     Break
11:15 - 1:00 pm     Session 2: Cultural Context: A Synthesis of the Arts
Chair - Martin Brody, Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music, Wellesley College
"'Architecture is...' or Kahn meets Anni and Josef Albers"
      Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT
"Artistic synthesis in Latin America: the case of the campus of the Ciudad Universitaria, Caracas, Venezuela"
      Valerie Fraser, Professor, Art History Department, University of Essex
"Gesamtkunstwerk Redefined: Ono in Opera, 1961"
      Brigid Cohen, Assistant Professor of Music, New York University, NY
1:00 - 2:15 pm     Lunch (on your own)
2:15 - 4:30 pm     Session 3: The Mid-Century Campus
Chair - Timothy Rohan, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Beyond the Red Trilogy: James Stirling and the Mid-Century Campus"
      Amanda Reeser Lawrence, Associate Professor, Northeastern School of Architecture, Boston
"Dorms on the Rise: Residence Halls and the Modernist College Campus"
      Carla Yanni, Professor, Department of Art History, Rutgers University
"Roche and Dinkeloo's Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University: Classical, Vernacular, and Modernist Architecture in the 1960s"
      Joseph Siry, Kenan Professor of the Humanities, Department of Art & Art History, Wesleyan University
"The Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst: Kevin Roche's 'Sun Machine'"
      Meg Vickery, Lecturer, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
For a printable schedule, and more information about the symposium, please see this PDF.