Wednesday 17 May, 2pm, Room G04, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Join us to explore how women engaged with architecture around the turn of the twentieth century in order to produce public statements of professional identity. This session focuses on two iconic buildings: the Jugendstil Photo Studio Elvira in Munich (1896 by August Endell) and E-1027 (1926-1929) built in the south of France by Eileen Gray with Jean Badovici.

The constructed narratives of female identities are examined in the context of the wider cultural and gendered milieux of these buildings: on the one hand in Munich, a major European cultural centre, on the other in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, on the French Mediterranean coast, with an escape from the constraints of urban living to the idyll of the Côte d’Azur.

Dr. Sabine Wieber, Department of Art History, Glasgow University. ‘”Intimate Collaborations” at the Photo Studio Elvira in Munich’

Dr. Tag Gronberg, Department of Art History, Birkbeck. ‘E-1027 and La Pausa: Architectural Relationships Past, Present and Future on the Côte d’Azur’

Dr. Patrizia di Bello, Department of Art History, Birkbeck. Response: ‘Women’s Practice: the View from Gordon Square’.

This event is co-organised with the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre as part of Birkbeck’s Arts Week. It is free of charge and all are welcome. Please book here.