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Preserving Modernism: An Immigrant’s Journey of Repair in Havana, Miami, and Los Angeles

Is your family like a broken artifact? Rosa Lowinger’s new memoir, Dwell Time, explores the parallels between art conservation and the resurrection of family history.

$15 (1 hr)

Category: Book Signing, Presentation, Talk, CAMP Theater

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Rosa Lowinger’s grandparents landed in Cuba from Eastern Europe in the 1920s, hoping for the United States but not quite making it there. By the time Fidel Castro had seized power in 1959, her parents understood they must leave Cuba and made that final step to the United States, settling in Miami.

Lowinger had wanted to become an artist, but a class in college introduced her to art conservation, and the rest was history — albeit a fragmented one of war, identity crisis and intergenerational trauma. 
Lowinger went on the found RLA Conservation, one of the largest woman-owned firms for art and architectural conservation in the county, and authored two books on Cuba, Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub (Harcourt, 2005) and Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure American Seduction (Wolfsonian Museum, 2016),
Preservation and conservation of historic places served as a springboard for understanding her family's trauma, as people whose double exile from Eastern Europe to Cuba and then to the United States, clouded all family life. 
Her parents, who never quite grasped her work as a conservationist, also struggled to navigate their own losses. “My whole life has been a disaster,” Lowinger’s father said to her as that life’s end approached.  
Her new book, Dwell Time: A Memoir of Art, Exile and Repair (Row House, 2023), the result of his daughter’s professional and emotional restorative work, shows how the pieces can be put back together–even if the whole will never be quite the same. 

A long-time friend of Modernism Week, Rosa expertly guided the Modernism Week Havana Modern Group in 2016 on the most memorable travel experience imaginable.  


Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.

Modernism Week Theater at CAMP is located at the south end of the hotel’s central atrium
Ample free public parking is available. Enter underground parking at Hyatt on Palm Canyon Drive or in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum
Handicap parking is available.
This event is wheelchair accessible.

The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location
Modernism Week Theater At CAMP
285 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Row House Publishing – Scarlet Freund

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