February 16, 2023

You are invited to the book presentation Erasures and Eradications in Modern Viennese Art, Architecture and Design (Routledge, 2022)

February 16 at 16.00 Central European Time

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Erasures and Eradications in Modern Viennese Art, Architecture and Design challenges the received narrative on the artists, exhibitions, and interpretations of Viennese Modernism. The book centers on three main erasures-the erasure of Jewish artists and critics; erasures relating to gender and sexual identification; and erasures of other marginalized figures and movements. Restoring missing elements to the story of the visual arts in early twentieth-century Vienna, authors investigate issues of gender, race, ethnic and sexual identity, and political affiliation. Both well-studied artists and organizations-such as the Secession and the Austrian Werkbund, and iconic figures such as Klimt and Hoffmann-are explored, as are lesser known figures and movements. The book's thought-provoking chapters expand the chronological contours and canon of artists surrounding Viennese Modernism to offer original, nuanced, and rich readings of individual works, while offering a more diverse portrait of the period from 1890, through World War II and into the present.

With editors

Megan Brandow-Faller is Professor of History at the City University of New York Kingsborough and also teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the editor of Childhood by Design: Toys and the Material Culture of Childhood, 1700-present (Bloomsbury 2018) and the author of The Female Secession: Art and the Decorative at the Viennese Women's Academy (Penn State University Press, 2020)

Laura Morowitz is Professor of Art History at Wagner College and Senior Research and Programming Associate at the Wagner College Holocaust Center. Her article

"Reviled, Repressed, Resurrected: Vienna 1900 in the Nazi Imaginary," appeared in the May 2022 issue of the Austrian History Yearbook. Her book examining three exhibits at the Künstlerhaus from 1939-1943, Art, Exhibit and Erasure in Nazi Vienna will be published by Routledge in 2023.


Book presentation with the authors -

Steven Beller, Independent Historian

Christopher Long, University of Texas at Austin

Julia Secklehner, Masaryk University, Brno

Frances Tanzer, Clark University, Worcester

Nathan J. Timpano, University of Miami


Moderator Elana Shapira is a cultural and design historian. She is visiting professor at the History Department at the CEU and lecturer at the Cultural Studies Department at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Shapira is a specialist in the study of Viennese modernism and contributing author to the anthology Erasures and Eradications.