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Symposium on Museums in Historic Buildings

From: Paul Himmelstein <aandh>
Date: Monday, April 16, 2001
Fourth APT/AIC Symposium on Museums in Historic Buildings.
Twentieth-Century Museum Buildings:  Conservation and Collections

To be held immediately following the AIC Annual Meeting in Dallas,

For information on registration, please call AIC at 202-452-9545 or
go to the AIC web site  <URL:>. For specific
additional information about the program,  please email Paul
Himmelstein <aandh [at] mindspring__com> or Thomas Taylor, Jr.
<ttaylor [at] cwf__org>.


Keynote Address and Public Lecture
"Beauty and the Beast: Some Thoughts about Art in Architecture"
Michael Graves
Sunday, June 3
7 p.m.

    Mr. Graves received the 2001 AIA Gold Medal. World-renowned for
    his designs in architecture, furniture, furnishings, and
    artifacts, Mr. Graves will open the symposium with a free public

Symposium Overview

    In 1990, AIC and the Association for Preservation Technology
    International (APT) organized the first symposium on museums in
    historic buildings. The event resulted in a draft charter with a
    series of principles for balancing the often conflicting
    conservation requirements of historic structures and artifacts.
    This draft charter was further developed and refined the
    following year in New Orleans. The result of the two
    conferences' work was the APT/AIC New Orleans Charter for the
    Joint Preservation of Historic Structures and Artifacts.

    This symposium will address the challenges of 20th-century
    museum buildings and additions. To what extent is modification
    of the original architectural fabric acceptable? How should
    earlier interventions, perhaps carried out in less sensitive
    times, be dealt with? Should original interiors and modes of
    presentation be sacrificed in response to more recent
    requirements and styles? How can changing public expectations be
    accommodated while respecting the heritage significance of the
    original buildings and exhibitions? How can contemporary
    standards and technologies for lighting and environmental
    conditions be applied without compromising the original design?

    The New Orleans Charter addresses several fundamental concerns
    for implementing change in museum buildings or collections,
    while respecting the importance of preserving unique or
    interesting exhibitions, spaces, etc., as culturally significant
    "objects" in their own right.  Participants will take part in
    drafting a set of guidelines that suggest appropriate approaches
    for the consideration of changes or improvements to 20th-century
    museum buildings in response to new exhibit designs, increased
    visitor expectations, environmental concerns, etc. Cost: $200

Welcome and Introductions
Thomas H. Taylor, Jr.

Session I: 20th-Century Museum Design and Construction

    Lecture Title TBA: Paul Himmelstein

Session II: Museum Envelope and Physical Plant: Accommodating
Evolving Requirements

    "A Survey of Recent Renovation Projects for 20th-Century Museums"
    William Lull

    "Renovations at the Detroit Institute of Art"
    Barbara Heller

Session III: Museum Exhibition Design: Changing Public and
Professional Expectations

    "So Great, Yet so Close to Obsolete"
    David B. Greenbaum

    "The Installation of 18th-Century French Rooms at the Getty
    Joseph Godla

Session IV: New Building Additions/New Museum Functions

    "Art and Architecture in Fair Park, Dallas"
    Nancy T. McCoy

    "Salas Nacionales de Cultura; Palais de Glace, from Ice Skating
    Rink, to a Tango Salon, to the National Exhibition Gallery"
    Viviana Dominguez and Estela Court

Session V: Preservation of Unique or Interesting Exhibitions,
Spaces, etc., as Culturally Significant "Objects"

    "Recover or Replace? Reworking the Top-Lit Galleries of the
    Frick Collection"
    Stephen Cannon-Brookes

    "Preserving the Great Halls of  the Natural History Museums"
    John Russick

Session VI: Discussion Groups

Session VII: Preparation of a Draft Set of Guidelines

Closing Remarks
Thomas H. Taylor, Jr.

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