Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

First the kitchen, then the façade: Designing neues Bauen for the neue Frau
by Kuehl, Anna, M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2011, 95; 1495449
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the revolutionary neues Bauen (New Architecture) that Frankfurter Stadtbaurat (Frankfurt Municipal Planner) Ernst May designed in Weimar-era Frankfurt. I focus in particular on May's consideration of the work of women, especially the neue Frau (New Woman), into his design, as well as Grete Schütte-Lihotzky's Frankfurter Küche (Frankfurt Kitchen), which was often built into these modern homes. In my analysis of images of these spaces, I look primarily at those published in May's monthly periodical, Das neue Frankfurt; I closely study visual linkages of neues Bauen and the neue Frau, which, I argue, emerge in fashion photography. I address all of these issues through a lens of reform and ultimately consider whether May's neues Bauen designs directed interwar women to function as vessels of tradition or as emblems of modernity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Otto, Elizabeth
Commitee: Stratigakos, Despina
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Visual Studies
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Art history, Architecture, Gender studies
Keywords: Das neue Frankfurt, May, Ernst, Neue Frau, Neues Bauen, Schutte-Lihotzky, Margarete
Publication Number: 1495449
ISBN: 978-1-124-73081-3
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