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” (2017-2021); senior postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in Design History and Theory at the 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” (Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, 2016); co-organized with Daniela Finzi the international symposium “Freud and the Émigré” (Freud Museum, Vienna, November 8-9, 2018) and recently organized the Symposium “Designing Transformation: Jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism” (University of Applied Arts Vienna, 2019); her forthcoming symposium “Women, Design and Society in Vienna in the Interwar Period” will take place at the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts in May 20-21, 2021.

Selected Publications: Style and Seduction: Jewish Patrons and Modern Architecture, and Design in Fin de Siècle Vienna (2016); coeditor of Émigré Cultures in Design and Architecture (2017); editor of Design Dialogue: Jews, Culture and Viennese Modernism (2018); coeditor of Freud and the Émigré (2020); A Poor Man’s Gaze: Who is Looking at Whom in Fin de Siècle Vienna, in: räume zwischen töne, Festschrift für Patrick Werkner (2018); 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).