Joseph Urban's Gifts: Fantasy, Realism, Abstract Decoration, Architectural Solidity
Join Jennifer B. Lee, curator of Performing Arts Collections at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University, as she explores the amazing and continuingly exciting archive of Joseph Urban, a name that was by some measures as well known in his day as that of Frank Lloyd Wright, his longer lived contemporary. This talk will give an outline of Urban's wide range of work from Vienna in 1898 through the Chicago Century of Progress in 1933. Beginning and ending with architecture, all of his work for stage, screen, home, or institution was informed by his training as an architect, while his extraordinary vision made new use of color and light. This talk will include images of the drawings, photographs, and set models that are held in the Joseph Urban Archive, given to Columbia by his widow, Mary Urban, in 1958.