Judith Gura passes away at the age of 85. The well-known design expert, writer and educator died on April 12 in New York. Gura had been battling cancer for a while now.

Judith Gura

Gura holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. She also earned a master’s degree for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design & Culture from the Bard Graduate Center.

Career as an educator

Gura held the position of associate professor of design history at New York’s Pratt Institute from the year 1998 to 2005.

Simultaneously, she started working at the New York School of Interior Design in the year 2000. She served as a consultant for exhibitions and public programs. Guar was also the coordinator of the design history program.

Gura held a wide range of knowledge about the Art Deco period, the Scandinavian design to design theory and female designers, even New York’s interior landmarks. She lectured on these topics at the NYSID for roughly 20 years.

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Exhibitions and books by Gura

A brilliant historian, Gura served as a curatorial advisor. She helped curate the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ “Nordic Cool” exhibition and the Brooklyn Museum’s “Vital Forms: American Art in the Atomic Age, 1940–1960. Both of these exhibitions sought her curatorial experience in the year 2004.

With the help of her prior experience, Gura curated shows on Larsen Textiles and Angelo Donghia while at NYSID.

Judith Gura, through the years, has written several books and articles. Gura’s articles can be found in interior design magazines such as Art & Antiques and Art + Auction.

Some of her works consist of New York Interior Design, 1935-1985; Design after Modernism: Furniture and Interiors, 1970-2010; Sourcebook of Scandinavian Furniture: Designs for the 21st Century; A History of Interior Design, written along with John Pile and Interior Landmarks: Treasured of New York.


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