Magda Cordell

1921– 2008

Biography

Magda Cordell McHale (née Lustigova) (June 24, 1921 in Hungary – February 21, 2008 in Sloan (near Buffalo), New York) was an artist, futurist, and educator. She was a founding member of the Independent Group which was a British movement that originated Pop Art which grew out of a fascination with American mass culture and post-WWII technologies. Later, she was a faculty member in the University at Buffalo School of Architecture & Planning.

"I was filled with pain and I hoped for a better world," she recounted later. This expression of hope came to define her working practices for the rest of her life. “Society needs to know where it has been before it can know where it is going,” was her oft-cited mantra.

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