Historic Preservation Commission Lecture will feature IU Professor Eric Sandweiss

BLOOMINGTON – The Historic Preservation Commission Lecture on Thursday, December 8th will feature IU Professor Eric Sandweiss.

Professor Eric Sandweiss

Professor Sandweiss will give a half-hour presentation at the meeting from 5 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The event is Free and open to the public.

The event will be held at the McCloskey Conference Room (135) at City Hall at 401 North Morton Street or via Zoom at this link.

The talk is titled “Mid-Century Color: Seeing American Landscapes through the Lens of Charles Cushman.” Professor Sandweiss will provide a view of the changing twentieth-century American landscape through the images of Charles Cushman, one of a number of unknown amateur photographers who experimented with Kodachrome film during a period when professionals continued to rely on black and white.

Cushman’s 14,000 color slides, left to IU in the 1970s and forgotten for decades, reveal a new perspective on the endurance of earlier architectural forms amidst a wave of urban renewal and suburban development.

Sandweiss is Miller Professor of History at IU and a former advisory member of the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission. His talk draws on his book, The Day in Its Color: Charles Cushman’s Journey through the Mid-Century American Landscape.