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Vernacular New York: Social and Religious Architecture, An Encounter with Sukkot in Crown Heights

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23 Nov 2014 21:46

By Ariel Rosenblum

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The Jewish holiday of Sukkot is marked annually every autumn by the building of temporary dwellings. These structures called sukkahs (plural: sukkot) represent the nomadic shelters the Israelites lived in for 40 years during their journey through the Sinai Desert after their exodus from Egypt. On October 14th, the last day of the weeklong Sukkot festival, Gabrielle Berlinger’s “Vernacular New York” class visited the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn at the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Kingston Street, the epicenter of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement. There, we continued an examination of social and religious architecture through the lens of the Sukkot holiday. The trip encompassed both temporary and permanent religious spaces, and tangible and intangible traditions that sustain one another.

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Alexis Hagadorn, “Unbinding Conservation: Observations on the Past, Present, and Future of Rare Book Treatment”

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15 Nov 2014 17:41

By Summer Olsen

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On October 27, 2014 conservator Alexis Hagadorn gave a Brown Bag Lunch Talk at the Bard Graduate Center entitled “Unbinding Conservation: Observations on the Past, Present, and Future of Rare Book Treatment.” Hagadorn is currently the Head of Conservation for the Columbia University Libraries, where she has worked as a rare books and special collections conservator since 1997, and is a member of the visiting faculty at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science, and the Conservation Center of the Institute of fine Arts at New York University.

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Walk the Neighborhood: It’s Worth It!

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13 Nov 2014 19:15

By Carlie Fishgold

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“Don’t J-walk.” It’s the only rule. Filing down the sidewalks of Orchard Street with Educator/Guide Anna Duensing, away from the Tenement Museum, and into the public domain of Lower East Side streets, the “Outside the Home” tour provides a breath of fresh air for an audience accustomed to the stale, discursive habits of old school museum docents. It seems no coincidence that Anna’s introduction accounted for the human necessity of light and fresh air—elements not so prevalent in tenement design and development until the advent of city code requirements.

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Photographs, Daguerreotypes, and Prints: Collection Care at the MET

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13 Nov 2014 01:18

By Hadley Jensen
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“Unlike other conservation specialties, the field of photograph conservation remains as complex and heterogeneous as the medium of photography itself.” (Grant Romer)

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Book Conservation at the Thaw Conservation Center, Morgan Library and Museum

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04 Nov 2014 22:06

By Summer Olsen

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On Tuesday, October 21st, Hanna Hölling’s Cultures of Conservation class visited the Thaw Conservation Center at the Morgan Library and Museum. Conservator Maria Fredericks, Drue Heinz Book Conservator at the Thaw Conservation Center since 2005, led the site visit. Fredericks gave us an introduction to the issues facing book conservators and demonstrated the significance of book bindings while leading us through the different spaces and conservation projects in the Thaw Conservation Center. In recent years there has been an increased academic push to study books from a material culture perspective. By examining the minutia of bookbinding, conservators and academics can find evidence of cultural practices. Conservation practices both preserve these important binding structures and aid in understanding them. Book conservators’ work is unique in that it mixes skill in traditional bookbinding craft with science and research.

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