Emily Hass was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and lives and works in New York. She has been awarded grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2012), the McCloy Fellowship in Art (2009) and residencies at the MacDowell Colony (2013), the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation (2013, 2010) and the Millay Colony for the Arts (2012).
Selections from her series Altonaer Strasse were included in the 2011 Heimatkunde exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin and are now part of the museum’s permanent collection. Her work has been reviewed in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, seen in the New York Times and the Berlin Journal, and featured in Der Tagesspiegel, Design Observer and on NPR’s Berlin Stories.
She has graduate degrees in psychology and design from Harvard University.
Beginning with my father’s Berlin childhood home, from which he fled in 1938, my work uses archival architectural plans of Berlin buildings owned and occupied by Jews and other persecuted artists and intellectuals of the 1930s.
Included in this series are the former homes and workplaces of Herbert Bayer; Josef and Anni Albers; Kurt Weill; Lucian Freud; and Johannes Itten.
Through architecture, the work is concerned with identity, place - and a culture's loss both of individual citizens and of a creative tradition.