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Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops in Modernity
Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman

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In conjunction with the exhibition Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity (November 8, 2009–January 25, 2010), Bauhaus Lab is a new interactive space that reimagines the historic Bauhaus classrooms in which students and teachers of many forms of art experimented with innovative pedagogical approaches. Led by artists, educators, and art historians, an ongoing series of hands-on art-making workshops offers participants of all ages the opportunity to engage in techniques and processes integral to the Bauhaus, such as drawing, collage, graphic design, color theory, and mechanical construction.

Josef Albers was one of the most prominent painters and art instructors of the twentieth century. During his tenure as a professor at the Bauhaus from 1925 to 1933 and later in teaching posts at Black Mountain College (in North Carolina) and Yale University, Albers developed a highly specialized color theory and teaching method that was immensely influential to generations of European and American artists, designers, and architects. One major component of his thinking was the concept of the relativity of color—the idea that color changes in relation to its surroundings and the condition of the viewer. “Until one has the experience of knowing that he is being fooled by color,” Albers wrote, “one cannot be expected to be very careful to look at things inquiringly.” Using colored paper, this hands-on workshop, taught by artist and painting conservator Corey D’Augustine, employs Albers’s teaching methods to develop sensitivity to colors and an understanding of how they interact with each other and with the eye.

This program is free and participation is on a drop-in first-come, first-served basis. All materials are provided. Open to ages 13 and up.

In conjunction with the exhibition Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity

Most workshops are free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Spaces are limited for each program. Though we cannot guarantee your place in advance, participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning twenty minutes prior to the start of each workshop. For each program, spaces are limited to twenty participants. Programs are open to individual participants; school groups cannot be accommodated.

Download the Bauhaus Lab brochure in PDF format (Adobe Acrobat required)

Sign-up for Joseph Albers Color Workshops begins at 11:10 p.m. in the Cullman Lobby on the day of the program. Once signed up, visitors are still required to line up twenty minutes before their session begins to ensure their place.