July 13, 2021

New BIAAS Austro-Americana Blog:
Hölzlhuber’s America: An Austrian Artist’s Depiction of Antebellum Travel in Wisconsin and Beyond, 1856-1860

By Janine Yorimoto Boldt and Kristina E. Poznan

In our special holiday newsletter last year, frequent contributor Kristina E. Poznan traced the linzer cookie's origins in the United States to Austrian Franz Hölzlhuber. (According to legend, Hölzlhuber introduced the torte to Milwaukeeans in 1856 when a job he expected as a conductor failed to realize, and he worked as a baker instead.) In her earlier study, Poznan discovered Hölzlhuber was not only a musician and baker, he was also an artist. She teamed up with Janine Yorimoto Boldt, the Associate Curator of American Art at the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to present a sampling of Hölzlhuber's watercolors. The pieces they selected were created throughout the four years of Hölzlhuber's journeys in the United States, pieces that document an "outsider's assessment" of antebellum United States. 


Tara Zahra
BIAAS Board Member

Congratulations to Dr. Tara Zahra on her latest award: a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship! Her research focuses on the transnational history of modern Europe, migration, the family, nationalism, and humanitarianism. She is currently working on two book projects: a history of deglobalization in interwar Europe and, with Pieter Judson, a history of the First World War in the Habsburg Empire. Zahra is the author of several books, most recently The Great Departure: Mass Migration and the Making of the Free World (Norton, 2016) and, with Leora Auslander, Objects of War: The Material Culture of Conflict and Displacement (Cornell, 2018). She is the winner of multiple awards, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2014 was named a Macarthur Fellow.

Sang Pil Lee
2019 BIAAS Grantee

Using archival research conducted in Vienna with the support of BIAAS, Sang Pil Lee, PhD Candidate in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, presented "Milan Triennale ’68: A Collective Workshop for Urban Environments” at the 74th Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians held virtually on April 14–18, 2021. This paper examines the 14th Milan Triennale in 1968 as an experimental laboratory in which Viennese architect Hans Hollein and his correspondents Arata Isozaki from Tokyo and the Archigram group from London tested new conceptions of architectural environments while reevaluating postwar urbanism. 
Fulbright-Botstiber Awards are Open!

A Fulbright-Botstiber award of approximately $20,000 for one academic semester is offered annually to one Austrian scholar to be hosted by institutions in the United States (Deadline: Sept. 15, 2021), and an identical award is offered annually to one American scholar to be hosted by institutions in Austria (Deadline: Oct. 30, 2021). 

The purpose of the Fulbright-Botstiber awards is to promote an understanding of the historic relationship between Austria and the United States. The AAEC and BIAAS are particularly interested in soliciting applications that advance this purpose in the fields of history, the social sciences, economics, and law. We also will welcome qualified applications from other disciplines, including but not limited to literature, music, and the arts.

Grant proposals require the collaboration of potential Fulbright-Botstiber scholars and potential host faculty from institutions in Austria or the United States, respectively. 
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