Before and After 1933: The International Legacy of the Bauhaus

Friday, January 22, 2010, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

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

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The legacy of the Bauhaus has been shaped by the tides of the twentieth century. After the school’s forced closing in 1933, many of its faculty and students left Germany for the Americas, Palestine, South Africa, and elsewhere. Through this diaspora, varied understandings of the Bauhaus proliferated, and over many years it served as a key symbol in intellectual and political debates around the world. In the United States, Bauhaus émigrés were influential teachers of several generations of art and architecture students, both drawing on and transforming pedagogical principles developed at the school. In both parts of divided postwar Germany, the Bauhaus played a weighty symbolic role as an emblem of the aspirations of a new German democratic state. In this one-day symposium, scholars offer new perspectives on aspects of the international legacy of the Bauhaus after 1933 through individual presentations and conversations.


Germany and the Diaspora to the East

10:00–10:05 Welcome
Glenn Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art
Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and co-organizer of Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity

10:05–10:20 Introduction
Leah Dickerman, Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, and co-organizer of Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity

10:20–10:40 The Nazi Party’s Strategic Use of the Bauhaus
Paul Jaskot, Professor of Art History, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, DePaul University

10:40–11:00 Cold War Legacies: The Bauhaus in Divided Germany
Greg Castillo, Associate Professor of Architecture, Department of Architecture, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley

11:00–11:20 Break

11:20–11:40 The Pale Red Bauhaus and the USSR
Juliet Koss, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art History, Scripps College

11:40–12:00 Zionism + Bauhaus: The Politics of Architecture and Its Historiography
Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

12:00–12:30 Conversation moderated by Leah Dickerman

12:30–2:00 Lunch break

The Americas

2:00–2:15 MoMA’s 1938 Bauhaus Exhibition
Barry Bergdoll

2:15–2:35 Gropius, Mies, Moholy-Nagy: Traces of the Bauhaus in Cambridge and Chicago
Dietrich Neumann, Royce Family Professor for the History of Modern Architecture, Brown University

2:35–2:55 Black Mountain College: An American Bauhaus?
Brenda Danilowitz, Chief Curator, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

2:55–3:05 The Forgotten Bauhaus: The Design Laboratory, New York City, 1935–1940
Paul Makovsky, Editorial Director, Metropolis magazine

3:05–3:20 Break

3:20–3:40 Erratic Architecture: Circling around the Bauhaus in Gego's Work
Monica Amor, Assistant Professor of Art History, Maryland Institute College of Art

3:40–4:00 Hannes Meyer and the Bauhaus-Mexico Connection: Experiences, Criticism, and Influences
Raquel Franklin, Head of the Architectural Research Center, Universidad Anahuac-Mexico Norte

4:00–4:40 Debate moderated by Leah Dickerman and Barry Bergdoll

4:40–5:00 Q&A

5:00–7:00 Reception, Bartos Lobby, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

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

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