Modernism in Louisiana Symposium Schedule Announced

Modernism in Louisiana Symposium

Samuel G. and Marion Wiener House (1937), Shreveport, Louisiana (photo by Guy W. Carwile)

The LSU College of Art & Design presents, “Modernism in Louisiana,” a symposium at the LSU Hilltop Arboretum (11855 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810), 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, October 10, 2015. A complete schedule is provided below.

The symposium coincides with the opening of The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, a traveling photographic exhibition celebrating the life and career of one of the most important and influential modernist landscape architects of the 20th century, on view at the LSU Student Union Art Gallery October 9–December 16, 2015.

The symposium explores the modern movement of architecture and landscape architecture in Louisiana and includes presentations on the following topics:

  • European influences on early modernist architects in Louisiana (keynote presentation),
  • growing up in an iconic modern house in Hammond,
  • how “landscape modernism” came to LSU’s nascent program in landscape architecture,
  • special concerns on preserving modernist structures, and
  • the importance of modern architecture in a state that values its design heritage.

Participants include:

  • Keynote presentation by Karen Kingsley, PhD, professor emerita, Tulane University—coauthor of The Modernist Architecture of Samuel G. and William B. Wiener (forthcoming from LSU Press 2016) and author of Buildings of Louisiana (Oxford University Press, 2003);
  • Michael Desmond, PhD, professor, LSU School of Architecture—author of The Architecture of LSU (LSU Press, 2013);
  • Max Conrad, professor, LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture—author of Landscape Architecture and New Orleans: Room for Only One?;
  • Andrew Ferrell, chief of the Architecture and Engineering Program, National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Training and Technology, Natchitoches; and
  • John Stubbs, Favrot Senior Professor Practice and director of the Master of Preservation Studies program, Tulane University School of Architecture.

Read more about the symposium speakers.

Support for the exhibition and symposium is provided by contributions from Shelby and John Saer; Douglas P. Reed; Shaun S. Duncan; Keith P. LeBlanc; James D. Burnett; Tim J. Orlando; Jeffrey K. Carbo Landscape Architects; American Society of Landscape Architects, Louisiana Chapter; Parkside Foundation; Charles L. Whited Jr.; and the Martha Polk Douglas Living Trust.

“Modernism in Louisiana” is free and open to the public; however space is limited so registration is required. To register, fill out the online form here or call Lake Douglas at 225-578-9222. Professionals will sign-in to receive continuing education credits.

Register now.

Modernism in Louisiana Symposium Schedule

LSU College of Art & Design
Saturday, October 10, 2015

8:30–9 a.m.
Coffee/pastries, Design Building Atrium

9:15 a.m.
Welcome from LSU College of Art & Design Dean Alkis Tsolakis

9:20 a.m.
Introduction to symposium and The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley exhibition from Associate Dean and Associate Professor Lake Douglas

9:30-10 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Karen Kingsley
“Making it Modern: Louisiana”

10:05-10:35 a.m.
Michael Desmond
“Growing Up in a Modern Environment”

10:40-11:10 a.m.
Max Conrad
“Landscape Modernism Comes to LSU via Dr. Robert ‘Doc’ Reich”

11:15-11:45 a.m.
Andrew Ferrell
“Preserving Modernism”

11:50 a.m. -12:10 p.m.
John Stubbs
Response & Comments

12:15-12:30 p.m.
Lake Douglas

12:45-2 p.m.
Buffet lunch for speakers, sponsors, dean’s guests
LSU Design Building Commons, room 104