Exhibit Talk: Discovering Guastavino at Berry
The third exhibit talk relating to Oak Hill's newest exhibition, "Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America's Great Public Spaces," this talk will recount the exciting story of discovering the Guastavino vaults at Berry. Rena Henderson is a Rome native with connections to Berry via her family, but she is now based in Black Mountain, North Carolina, the former home of Rafael Guastavino. After bumping into countless examples of his work and seeing the ruins of his "Spanish castle" and kiln mere miles from her home, Henderson began fervently learning all she could about the Guastavinos and their contributions to architecture. During her trip back to Rome, she happened to have a conversation with a Berry student about Guastavino vaulting, which would set her on a course to find documentation and evidence that supports the existence of two Guastavino vaults at the Ford complex. Rena will give a presentation supported by slides of historical and current images of Guastavino vaulting and Berry's original documentation. The talk will outline the history of the Guastavino family and work, the process of discovering, verifying, and sharing the discovery of Guastavino at Berry, and the mission of the Guastavino Alliance- of which Berry is now a member.
Monday, April 12 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm