Through support from the College of Architecture and Design and the UTK Printmaking Program, Katarina Burin will come to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for a public lecture and collaborative print project.
Her lecture “Contribution and Collaboration: The Work of Petra Andrejova-Molnár and her Contemporaries” will be presented on Monday February 15th at 5:30pm in the Bruce McCarty Auditorium, room 109 in the Art and Architecture Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Katarina Burin is a lecturer at Harvard University in The Department of Visual and Environmental Studies (VES). Born in Bratislava, Slovakia, Burin received her MFA in from Yale University (2002) and her BFA from the University of Georgia (1999). Her work investigates the representation and display of architectural histories, including the invention of an early-20th century architect named Petra Andrejova-Molnár. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious James and Audrey Foster Prize at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Her recent solo projects include exhibitions at Kunstverein Langenhagen, Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart) and P! (New York), along with gallery exhibitions at Ratio 3 (San Francisco), M29 Richter & Brückner (Cologne) and Lucile Corty (Paris).
Burin’s lecture presents a biographical narrative about the education and design work of Petra Andrejova-Molnár, a pioneering architect of the modern, post-war European style in the Hungarian and Czechoslovak Republics. The lecture positions Andrejova-Molnár in relation to mid-20th century female architects Charlotte Perriand and Eileen Grey, and assets that she is an important, but overlooked figure active in the first half of the twentieth century. Burin illustrates the lecture with architectural drawings, furniture, design objects, photographs, and texts. Despite it apparent authenticity, Andrejova-Molnár’s life and work was fabricated by Burin, and the project gives voice to female designers while also questioning notions of authorship and authenticity, the relationship between gender and the archive, and the historical tension between national identity and internationalist aspirations. Burin’s project highlights the ways in which historical movements and utopian ideologies are complicated and contradictory formations in a constant state of flux, while also creating a space of play around the mythos of “the architect.”
In conjunction with her visit, selections from her project “Hotel Nord-Sud” is presented Gallery 103 in the Art and Architecture Building from February 8-27. During her week-long visit, Burin will also work in the UTK Print Workshop on a limited edition print.
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