New Book | Synagogues In Hungary, 1782–1918

Posted in books by Editor on September 19, 2017

Klein’s magnum opus was first published in Hungarian in 2011. It’s recently been translated into English. From the Central European Press:

Rudolf Klein, Synagogues In Hungary, 1782–1918 (Budapest: Terc Press, 2017), 800 pages, ISBN: 978 615544 5088, $120 / €106 / £92.

This is the first comprehensive study that systematically covers all synagogues in Hungary from the Edict of Tolerance by Joseph II to the end of World War I. Unlike prior attempts, dealing only with post-World-War-II Hungary, the geographical range of this study includes historic Hungary, including the Austro-Hungarian successor states. The study presents the architecture of Hungarian synagogues chronologically, giving special attention to the boom of synagogue architecture and art from 1867 to 1918, a time also called ‘the modern Jewish Renaissance’. The greatest contribution of this book is the innovative matrix method, which the author applies to determine the basic types of synagogues by using eight basic criteria. The book also deals with the problem of urban context, the position of the synagogue in the city and its immediate environment. There are two detailed case studies addressing how communities built their synagogues and how these were received by the general public. A theoretical summary tries to determine the role of post-emancipation period synagogues in general architectural history.

Rudolf Klein is Professor of modern architectural history, Szent István University, Miklós Ybl Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Budapest.





Symposium | The Room Where It Happens

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on September 19, 2017

From Harvard Art Museums:

The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 13–14 October 2017

Stephen Sewall, Copy of Inscription on Dighton Rock (detail), 1768, black ink on paper (Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 967-28-10/45474, digital file 99270006).

This symposium explores the spaces of artistic, artisanal, and intellectual production. From the artist’s studio to the alchemist’s lab, from the stateroom to the secret chamber, from the brick and mortar hall to the winding corridors of cyberspace, rooms and their contents have long impacted history, and transformed their inhabitants. Held in conjunction with the Museums’ special exhibition The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, this symposium brings together artists, architects, and historians to consider the spaces where objects and ideas are generated.

This project is supported in part by major grants from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Henry Luce Foundation. The exhibition and catalogue were also supported in part by the following endowed funds: the Bolton Fund for American Art, Gift of the Payne Fund; the Henry Luce Foundation Fund for the American Art Department; the William Amory Fund; and the Andrew W. Mellon Publication Funds, including the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund.

All events will take place at Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. All symposium events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For details on the programs, including how to register, visit the Harvard Art Museums website.

F R I D A Y ,  1 3  O C T O B E R  2 0 1 7

6:00pm  Keynote Lecture

• Making Room: Cartography, Collecting, and the Construction of Empire, Louis Nelson (Professor of Architectural History and the Associate Dean, School of Architecture, University of Virginia)

S A T U R D A Y ,  1 4  O C T O B E R  2 0 1 7

10:00  Rooms for Looking: Parlor / Museum / Studio

• ‘No One Could Prevent Us Making Good Use of Our Eyes’: Enslaved Spectators and Southern Plantation Spaces, Jennifer Van Horn (Assistant Professor of Art History and History, University of Delaware)

• The Room of Broken Bodies: Civil War Wounds, the Army Medical Museum, and Perceiving Re-Unification, Julia B. Rosenbaum (Associate Professor and Chair, Art History, Bard College; Director of Research and Publications, The Olana Partnership, Olana State Historic Site)

• The Symposium on Habitability: Robert Irwin, NASA, and the Case of the Artist as a Meta-Scholar, Boris Oicherman (Cindy and Jay Ihlenfeld Curator for Creative Collaborations, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota)

11:30  Rooms for Making: Library / Laboratory / Model

• ‘A Scene in a Library’: Inventing and Destroying Enlightenment Photography at Soho House, Matthew Hunter (Associate Professor, Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University)

• Connected Interiors: Learning Architecture and Observation in Meiji Japan, Matthew Mullane (Ph.D. candidate, School of Architecture, Princeton University)

• Interior as Microcosm: The Production of Epistemologies, Ethics, and Identities at Biosphere 2, 1991–94, Meredith Sattler (Assistant Professor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)

2:00  Virtual Rooms: Theater / Period Room / Cockpit

• A Machine of Visibility: Paul Nelson’s Surgical Theater at the Cité Hospitalière de Lille, Nicholas Robbins (Ph.D. candidate, Department of the History of Art, Yale University)

• Visiting Mrs. M.—–‘s Cabinet: Period Room as Pedagogy, Sarah Anne Carter (Curator and Director of Research, The Chipstone Foundation)

• Bedroom Aviators—Flight Simulation and the Domestic Realm, Chad Randl (Visiting Lecturer in Architecture, Cornell University)

3:45  Closing Remarks

Follies and Wonder Rooms, Mark Dion (Conceptual Artist)
Introduced by Ruth Erickson (Mannion Family Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston)







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