Dr. McGuire’s ongoing research on Central European immigrant designers has been featured in two recent publications, including a translation of Ursula Prokop’s “Jacques and Jacqueline Groag, Architect and Designer: Two Hidden Figures of the Viennese Modern Movement” (Doppelhouse Press 2019) and an essay, “Immigrant Designers and North American Art Deco,” in the Routledge Companion to Art Deco (Michael Windover and Bridget Elliot, eds.).
Jacques and Jacqueline Groag were notable in their fields before the Nazi annexation of Austria. The Groags transplanted themselves first to their native Czechoslovakia, but then fled to Britain when the Nazis invaded Prague in 1939. Bringing their unique aesthetics to Britain, they were critical participants in the modern revolution in that country post-war. Ursula Prokop’s German-language book, “Jacques and Jacqueline Groag, Architect and Designer: Two Hidden Figures of the Viennese Modern Movement” delves into their working relationships with design icons, such as Adolf Loos, Josef Hoffmann, Paul Engelmann, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Sir Gordon Russell of Britain, as well as with textile and furniture companies. Dr. McGuire translated and edited Prokop’s important book into English in order that it reach a wider international audience. Her work on the book recently received an award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. https://doppelhouse.com/groag/
In her essay, “Immigrant Designers and North American Art Deco,” Dr. McGuire explores and critiques the ways in which Central and Eastern European immigrants played a key role in defining American modernism during the 1920s and 1930s, broadening our understanding of what constitutes an “American” Art Deco.