Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Nov 12, CAS, Talk and tour at Mia on Austrian architectural history


 

The Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota 
is pleased to announce 
a very special upcoming event:
 
Thursday, November 12
7:00 PM
Minneapolis Institute of Art

Judith Eiblmayr on Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky
a casual talk and tour of the Frankfurt Kitchen at Mia

Led by architect and University of Minnesota Fulbright Visiting Professor JUDITH EIBLMAYR
 
Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897-2000) was the first woman to complete architectural studies in Vienna and is therefore considered to be the first female architect in Austria. Her best known work is the design of the "Frankfurt Kitchen," a fitted kitchen designed for Ernst May's ambitious citywide housing project initiated in Frankfurt, Germany to provide low-income housing for some two million soldiers returning to Germany following the 1918 Armistice, as well as thousands of war widows.   

Schütte-Lihotzky lived a long and remarkable life.  As an active
resistance fighter against the Nazi regime, she was imprisoned for four years before being liberated by the U.S. troops in 1945. After the war it was not easy to reestablish her career as an architect. She worked as a consultant for urban planning projects, primarily in Cuba, China, and East Germany. In her later years, she received honors for her work and political activities from the Austrian Government. In 1993, when she was 96, the Vienna Museum of Applied Arts held an exhibition of her work.
The installation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art of the Frankfurt Kitchen was added to the museum's permanent collection in 2004.  

Judith Eiblmayr is an architect, architectural critic, and curator from Vienna, Austria. She is currently the Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota, teaching in the Department of Geography fall semester 2015. One topic of her research is women architects in Austria throughout history and today. She will be giving a talk on Thursday, November 19 as part of the CAS fall lecture series entitled "Is There a 'Perfect' Town? The Rational Grid and the Medieval Maze-Two Systems of Urbanization." Check back on the CAS website for more details to come.

Space is limited! 
To join the tour, RSVP to casahy@umn.edu by Thursday, November 5.


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