Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl

Sibyl Moholy-Nagy

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Dates of Birth and Death

October 29, 1903-January 8, 1971


Dresden, Germany


  • Left school early; miscellaneous courses at various German universities


  • Worked as an actress and in various editorial capacities in Germany
  • Librarian, later head of the Humanities and Lectures Division in the Institute of Design, Chicago
  • Lecturer at Rudolf Schaeffer School of Design, San Francisco
  • Professor of Architectural History at Pratt Institute, New York

Major projects

  • Peech, S. D. [Sibyl Moholy-Nagy]. Children’s Children. New York: H. Biltner and Company, 1945.
  • Native Genius in Anonymous Architecture. New York: Horizon Press, 1957.
  • Carlos Raul Villanueva and the Architecture of Venezuela. New York: Praeger, 1964.
  • The Matrix of Man: An Illustrated History of Urban Environment. New York: Praeger, 1968.
  • Multiple articles in Architectural Forum, Progressive Architecture, Bauwelt, and other architectural journals

Awards, honors and press

  • Arnold W. Brunner Fellowship, Architectural League, New York, 1953
  • John Guggenheim Fellowship, Guggenheim Foundation, 1967

Location of architect’s archive

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (Sibyl and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy papers, 1918–1971; holdings on microfilm); Museum of Modern Art, New York (correspondence with Philip Johnson); Archives of American Art,


California, Chicago, Illinois, New York, New York City, San Francisco
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