Lecture | Vienna and Prague: A New Modernism

June 13, 2024
Speaker: Cindi Strauss, the Sara and Bill Morgan Curator, Department of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design

At the turn of the 20th century, Vienna and Prague saw the emergence of a new generation of artists eager to throw off the design conventions and the political conservatism that dominated Austro-Hungarian aesthetics in the waning years of empire. This lecture focuses on the dynamic role that Wiener Werkstätte artists played as they ushered in a new era, revolutionizing modern design. The group’s relationship with Czech architects and designers is also explored, as is Prague’s unique contribution to Cubism.

“Vienna and Prague: A New Modernism” is the Museum’s annual Peter Lotz Lecture. Endowed by Merrianne Timko in memory of her late husband, the Peter Lotz Lecture is a dedicated series devoted to the history of Modernism across all disciplines represented by the MFAH art collections.

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This MFAH lecture is endowed by the Peter Lotz Memorial Fund.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive generous support from H-E-B; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Sempra Foundation; the Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; the John M. O'Quinn Foundation; the Joe Barnhart Foundation; the Cockrell Family Fund; the CFP Foundation; Macey and Harry Reasoner; the Texas Commission on the Arts; and the Junior League of Houston, Inc.

Endowment funds are provided by the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; Windgate Foundation; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Medha and Shashank Karve; Virginia and Ira Jackson; Jesse H. Jones II; the CFP Foundation; the Favrot Fund; gifts in memory of John Wynne; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of Peter Lotz; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.

On Thursdays, admission to the MFAH Permanent Collections is free, courtesy of Shell USA, Inc.


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