Track 4: This New World: Preservation technology and emerging issues within our historic buildings and built landscapes

General Abstract

4 - 'Reversible Monuments: Historic Environment as Contemporary Medium'

Wednesday, September 26
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: HYATT-Regency

"Reversible Monuments: Historic Environment as Contemporary Medium," will provide an overview of the project which has focused on the increasing phenomenon of contemporary artists using historic architecture, features, infrastructure, and streetscapes as the primary artistic medium of their work, as opposed to solely places of art installation or exhibition.

By their nature, "Reversible Monuments" have a strong conservation and historic preservation component, as the works are designed to be temporary, reversible and designed in such a way that no materials, or means and methods- will leave a lasting impact - and all inevitably highlight the historic resource's most enduring and significant features.

The resulting works to date have been powerful in challenging the public by expanding familiar and pre-conceived ideas about a historic building or site, and prompting the viewer to reconsider and reframe the site's history and narrative. At the same time, in utilizing site-specific historic resources as a medium, they have inevitably highlighted the most relevant issues of historic preservation, including conservation, sustainability, curatorial management, economic impact and advocacy.

Select case studies include: Olafur Eliasson Studio's "The New York City Waterfalls" (2008); Tatzu Nishi's "Discovering Columbus" (2012); JR's "Unframed" (2014); Fujiko Nakaya's "Veil" (2014); Waldemart Klyuzko's "Home East" (2015); and Melissa McGill's "Constellation" (2015); Amanda Browder's "Spectral Locus" (2016); Yayoi Kusama's "Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope" (2016) and Ai Wei Wei's "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" (2017). All of these select case studies were installed at protected and designated monuments and sites, including local landmarks, National Register and National Landmark sites.

Contemporary artists' interaction with historic resources via these temporary, reversible, site-specific installations offers the professional historic preservation community an untapped, unprecedented opportunity for innovative collaboration in utilizing the resources themselves, while leaving no lasting impact by means of careful material and means and methods selection.

The project "Reversible Monuments" was funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Project objectives include: 1.) Research, documentation, and cataloguing contemporary art installations using historic resources; 2.) Compilation of reversible means and methods for use in temporary work from an architectural conservation and preservation context, i.e., lighting, projections, window installations, paste-ups, fabric scrims, birds, etc. and 3.) interviews with artists, curators and commissioning contemporary arts organizations and historic site stewards.

Learning Objectives:

Mary Kay Judy

Mary Kay Judy- Architectural & Cultural Heritage Conservation

Mary Kay Judy is an award winning architectural conservator and cultural heritage consultant with two decades of national and international experience. Her practice focuses on architectural conservation advisory and technical services for current and future landmarks.

Ms Judy has served as conservation consultant on several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States, Europe, and India. Ms. Judy also has a specialization in the conservation of Modern architecture and has worked on several significant National Historic Landmark Modern properties.

Ms. Judy has a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a B.A. in Architectural History from the University of Cincinnati.


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Lonnie Hovey

Lonnie Hovey, AIA, FAPT is an award-winning architect with over 30 years of experience on preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation projects across the country for many federal, state, municipal, and city clients. Federal clients include the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Architect of the Capitol, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Navy, Executive Office of the President, and General Services Administration. Projects include banks, churches, courthouses, cultural landscapes, libraries, master plans, monuments, museums, private and federal office buildings, pump houses, and university buildings. He served as the federal preservation officer and Director of Preservation for the Executive Office of the President overseeing projects in the 22 buildings used by the Executive Branch, the biggest project being the modernization of the EEOB.

Lonnie is an Associate and Sr. Preservation Architect with Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP (WRA). Founded in 1915, WRA is headquarted in Baltimore, Maryland, with 19 regional offices. Lonnie works out of WRA's Philadelphia office.

Lonnie is an active APT member having joined in 1988. Service includes national and regional involvement with symposia, training programs, and annual conferences. Service also includes positions on the APT Board of Directors, and the Chapters, Outreach, Student Scholarship, and Training & Education Committees. Inducted into APT's College of Fellows (COF) in 2007, he is currently involved with the APT and COF Archives, the APT Legacy Program, and writes the 'From the Archives' column for Communiqué.


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