August Lecture Series Hammers Home the Importance of Historic Preservation

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art presents More than a Home, a three-part lecture series beginning Thursday, August 3, 2017, that delves into the many facets of historic preservation. Focusing on the intersection of art, history, craft, and construction, More than a Home is held in conjunction with the current exhibition ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection, on view through Sunday, August 27, which offers postwar artists’ affectionate, sometimes playful tributes to tools as functional objects. All three lectures are free with membership or admission.

The Art and Craft of Historic Preservation 
Thursday, August 3 | 6:00 p.m. 
What goes into planning and constructing a community? Who does the work? How is the work done? How does historic preservation balance with structural changes in a community? These are just a few topics for this panel discussion. Attendees learn what building a community really looks like from the early stages of drafting plans to later considerations such as how to preserve the design and history of a community while serving the changing needs of the people living in it. Cash bar.

Adrienne Montare, AIA SC executive director and Columbia Design League member (moderator)
Chuck Moore, president of SC Building Trades and member of SC AFL-CIO
Sean Stucker, director of facilities at Historic Columbia
Walter Hill, director of the Horry County Museum and blacksmith
Joseph Johnson, archaeologist at Historic Columbia

The Master of Plaster
Tuesday, August 15 | 6:00 p.m. 
Executive Designer Lauren Dillon of Master of Plaster Finishing Systems, Inc., sheds light on the centuries-old art of plastering. Attendees learn about the firm and how they not only preserve plaster through their distinctive process and use of materials, but also create new design projects within this interesting field. Master of Plaster, Inc., consists of a team of expert designers and plasterers who work hard to carry on the tradition of the Kempster lineage begun four centuries ago – honoring the legacy and the passion of the true Master of Plaster, the late Mike Kempster. Cash bar.

The Influence of Mount Vernon 
Friday, August 25 | 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Lydia Brandt, assistant professor of art history at the University of South Carolina, shares valuable research and insight from her new book First in the Homes of His Countrymen: George Washington's Mount Vernon in the American Imagination. Brandt chronicles the country’s fascination with the iconic Mount Vernon through advertising, prints, paintings, popular literature, and the full-scale replication of its architecture.

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