Track 3: Conservation of modern and post-modern heritage
Too often, buildings are demolished in the name of progress and efficiency. Unfortunately, significant artworks housed within and on those buildings are lost in the process. Three of the four presentations in this session focus on saving, conserving, and preserving murals and mosaics dating from post-World War II. The first presentation by Kelly Ciociola and Christina Varvi will use case studies to demonstrate successful solutions for the dismantling, removal, and relocation of mid-century modern murals from buildings slated for demolition. John Fidler will present his work on the preservation and conservation of the stone and gold-glass mosaic facades of the Saban Building at the Academy of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, which cost half the proposed budget for demolition and recladding. The third presentation by Viviana Dominguez and Hilda Abreu Ultermohlen will focus on the salvage, reinstallation, and conservation of the 1974 fresco, “Haitian Massacre, 1937” by Dominican artists Jose Ramirez Conde and Roberto Flores.
The fourth presentation by Justin Lynch is a study on predicting the performance and vulnerability of two types of brick typical to New Orleans.