A Sense of Proportion Architect-Designed Objects
Rienzi, the house museum for European decorative arts of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents the biennial symposium, A Sense of Proportion: ArchitectDesigned Objects, 1650–1950, on September 23–24, 2016, focusing on objects that are the embodiments or extensions of an architect’s ideas or aesthetic. For the symposium, scholars are asked to discuss objects made for particular spaces, objects used to explore new design sources, and objects intended to be part of an integrated space.
In short, why do objects designed by architects look the way they do? An example is a recent acquisition, the elegant, nine-footlong Dundas Sofa, designed by Robert Adam (1728–1792), renowned neoclassical architect of the 18th century, and made by Thomas Chippendale (1718–1779), the celebrated English furniture maker. It is from the only suite of furniture known to be a collaboration between these two masters and is on view at Rienzi.
Call for Papers
“A Sense of Proportion: Architect-Designed Objects, 1650–1950”
Graduate and doctoral students as well as entry-level and mid-career professionals are invited to submit a 400-word abstract outlining a 20-minute presentation, along with a CV. Selected participants are offered a $600 stipend for travel and lodging.
Themes of investigation may include, but are not limited to: Architecture, Costume, Design, Dining, Economics, Etiquette, Gender, Interiors, Leisure Activities, Privacy, Technology, and Travel.
Call for papers & symposium information
Send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Deadline to submit: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
• Notification for selected participants: On or before July 15, 2016
• Presentation: Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston