Exhibit 2 - WOMEN IN AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE
Houston Public Library - Main Branch banners from the original Exhibition announce the installation
Main Entrance - miscellaneous materials prepared to provide a didactic context were available
The larger context for Women in the Profession
specific participants from Texas Women are described in terms of their careers and work
the Feminist context directed to those attending the NOW Conference
The Exhibition was derived from the book edited by Susana Torre, and was the first Feminist history of American Women Architects
The Exhibition layout was provided by plans in a 4-part handout brochure/guide: special graphics by one of my female students, Nancy McBride.
Since the venue was the Public Library, relevant citations were compiled
Texas women professionals/participants from various fields were listed with their works in the Exhibition
A Symposium accompanied the Exhibition, facilitating interaction among interested public, participants, and Architecture critics; graphics by one of my female students, Nancy McBride
Graphics by one of my female students, Nancy McBride, after an image from the Cambridge School of Architecture, founded in 1915 as the Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and was the first to produce women graduate training in these two professions, coordinated under a single faculty. Due to Harvard University's policy of a male institution, the school ran as a "little experiment" in the office of Henry Frost, professor of architectural design at Harvard University.
On the occasion of the Conference of the National Organization of Women (NOW), and participation of my female students at Rice and AIA members, chaired by Natalie deBlois, the first female partner at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, work was solicited from around the State to be added to a travelling exhibit with the same title. It was installed on the multi-level Houston Public Library, a few blocks from the NOW Conference. While a number of local museums had been approached a year in advance, interest was pallid, until shortly before there was awareness of the upcoming NOW Conference; we had already committed to the HPL.
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