ARTISAN LECTURE SERIES Spring 2021.
Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios.
With Valerie Balint, Senior Program Manager of the Historic Artist’s Homes and Studios.
This will be an Online Lecture on Tuesday, May 4th at 6 p.m.
Valerie Balint, Senior Program Manager of the Historic Artist’s Homes and Studios, will discuss artists throughout the country whose sites have been preserved and are part of this national program. Ms. Balint will place these sites in the context of her recently published, Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios, the first guidebook to the network, conveying each artist’s visual legacy and setting each site in the context of its architecture and landscape, which often were designed by the artists themselves.
The lecture will focus on artists’ homes and studios as expressions of material biography. Artists frequently use their homes as laboratories to experiment with architecture and interior design – resulting in buildings that are artworks in themselves. Spaces such as Donald Judd’s 101 Spring Street, New York (NY), Frederic Church’s Olana (NY), and Georgia O’Keeffe’s compound at Abiquiu (NM) offer insights to both artist and artworks that are separate from what we experience at a gallery or museum. Twenty years ago, the National Trust for Historic Preservation created the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) network. Today, HAHS comprises 48 preserved artists’ homes and studios throughout the country—all of them open to the public, and sites of extraordinary creativity.
Valerie Balint has been the Senior Program Manager for Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) since 2017. Before that, Ms. Balint served for seventeen years on the curatorial staff at Frederic Church’s Olana (also a HAHS site), her final position there was as Interim Director of Collections and Research. She was co-organizer and co-curator of Olana’s annual exhibitions and accompanying publications She is a frequent lecturer and writer on preserved artists’ spaces, Frederic Church, the Hudson River School, and American art and social history of the mid-19th and early 20th century. She is co-author of Glories of the Hudson: Frederic Church’s Views from Olana (Cornell Press, 2009).
Suggested donation: $15 General Admission; $10 General Society Members, and Senior Citizens; $5 Students.
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