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Memories of the Resistance: Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky and the Architecture of Collective Dissidence

Sophie Hochhäusl, Princeton Mellon Fellow

October 15, 2020 · 1:00 pm-2:00 pm · via Zoom

Princeton Mellon Initiative

Sophie Hochhäusl (Princeton Mellon Fellow) in conversation with Davy Knittle (University of Pennsylvania) and Emmanuel Olunkwa (Columbia University).

Today Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897-2000) has been widely recognized as one of the most significant female figures in modern design who worked in Austria, Germany, the Soviet Union, and Turkey in the 1920s and 1930s. These decades of professional work were marked by a drastic break between 1940 and 1945, when Schütte-Lihotzky was interned for her participation in the Communist resistance against the Nazi regime. Her recollections from the years of internment became the subject of the 1984 German-language book Erinnerungen aus dem Widerstand (Memories of the Resistance).

The research talk Memories of the Resistance explores Schütte-Lihotzky’s book as a critical historical document that provides glimpses into dissident spatial practices of architects, artists, and journalists in Istanbul, Belgrade, Paris, and New York.

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