Elana Shapira

Portrait Elana Shapira

Elana Shapira

Cultural and design historian; Project Leader of the Austrian Science Fund research project “Visionary Vienna: Design and Society 1918–1934”; she lectures at the University of Vienna and at University of Applied Arts Vienna; curated and convened the International Symposium “Émigré Design Culture: Histories of the Social in Design” (University of Applied Arts Vienna, 2015); organized the International Symposium “Design Dialogue: Jewish Contributions to Viennese Modernism” (MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, 2016) and the International Symposium “Designing Transformation: Jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism” (University of Applied Arts Vienna, 2019); She further co-organized with Daniela Finzi the International Symposium “Freud and the Émigré” (Freud Museum, Vienna, 2018) and with Anne-Katrin Rossberg the Symposium “Gestalterinnen: Women, Design and Society in Vienna in the Interwar Period” (MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, 2021). Her forthcoming International Symposium is “Austrian Identity and Modernity / Modernity and Austrian Identity” (University of Applied Arts Vienna, November 17-18, 2022).

 

Selected Publications: Style and Seduction: Jewish Patrons and Modern Architecture, and Design in Fin de Siècle Vienna (2016); editor of Designing Transformation: Jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism (2021) and of Design Dialogue: Jews, Culture and Viennese Modernism (2018); co-editor of Freud and the Émigré (2020) and of Émigré Cultures in Design and Architecture (2017); “Kiesler’s Imaging Exile in Guggenheim’s Art of this Century Gallery and the New York Avant-Garde Scene in the early 1940s,” in: Arrival Cities (2020); “‘Our Great Josef Hoffmann’: Undoing the Austrian Profile of a Celebrated Architect,” in: Erasures and Eradications in Viennese Modernism (Forthcoming 2022); and her forthcoming co-edited anthology is Gestalterinnen: Women, Design and Society in Vienna in the Interwar Period (2023).