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DWELL TIME: A Memoir of Art, Exile, and Repair with Rosa Lowinger

A love story to the profession of conservation, understanding loss, and appreciating the ways people emerge stronger and sometimes more beautiful after decades of wear and tear.

$15 (1 hr)

Category: Book Signing, Presentation, Talk, CAMP Theater

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Join Los Angeles-based art conservator Rosa Lowinger in a presentation about her beautiful memoir Dwell Time: A Memoir of Art, Exile and Repair (Row House, 2023), one of the few first-person accounts of architectural conservation written for a general audience.

Rosa discusses how the 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. Through Lowinger’s relentless clear-eyed efforts to be the best conservator possible while squarely facing her fraught personal and work relationships, she demonstrates the value of preserving historic fabric as a path to defining one's personal identity.

Lowinger’s profession has given her a complex understanding of the past, of the contingencies of history, of the differences between surface and interior. One of art conservation’s creeds is: “You can’t repair what you don’t understand.”  The audience will come away with a newfound appreciation of the importance of conservation and preservation not only for historic buildings and fine art, but for personal growth too.

Rosa is a Cuban-born American writer and art conservator. The author of Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub (Harcourt, 2005) and Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure American Seduction (Wolfsonian Museum, 2016), she is the founder and current vice-president of RLA Conservation, LLC, one of the U.S.’s largest woman-owned art and architectural conservation firms. A Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation, the Association for Preservation Technology, and the American Academy in Rome, Rosa writes regularly for popular and academic media about conservation historic preservation, the visual arts, and Cuba. 

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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