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Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture

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Ralph Rapson Hall

89 Church Street Southeast

Minneapolis, MN 55455

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A walk-through of the exhibition “Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture,” followed by a panel discussion with Jane K. Hession

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Docomomo US/MN is pleased to offer members an exclusive event on Wednesday, March 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Rapson Hall at the University of Minnesota. “Women in Architecture: Lisl Close and the Legacy of Modern Design” includes a walk-through of the exhibition “Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture,” followed by a panel discussion about Close with Jane King Hession, author the forthcoming book, Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture, published by University of Minnesota Press.

From 6-6:30 p.m., members are invited to check in and browse the exhibition (which Hession curated). Light refreshments will be served.

From 6:30 to 7 p.m., in 100 Rapson, Hession will talk about Close’s work and her contributions to modernism.

From 7 to 7:30 p.m., Docomomo US/MN president Katherine Stalker will moderate a conversation between Hession, Jean Rehkamp Larson (founder of Rehkamp Larson Architects), and Julia Robinson, FAIA, architecture professor at the University of Minnesota. The discussion will address how Close paved the way for women in architecture, as well as her legacy and influence as a woman working in modern architecture. An audience Q+A will follow.

In her book, Hession argues that when Close opened her practice in Minneapolis with her husband Winston “Win” Close in 1938, “she was the first modern architect in Minnesota. Close and Scheu Architects was also the first firm in the state dedicated to modern architecture.” As head of her successful business, later known as Close Associates, Lisl Close designed more than 250 distinctive residences, as well as clinics, hospitals, and commercial buildings. “She was also a trailblazer as a woman in architecture,” Hession says, “and influenced generations of architects through her example.”

​ The exhibition is presented by the Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota. ​

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