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Saturday, October 19 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Architecture: Bauhaus

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The Bauhaus was founded in Germany one hundred years ago, and we are commemorating the occasion with a session that looks at multiple dimensions of the highly influential school of architecture and design. Elizabeth Otto, author of Haunted Bauhaus, explores an unexpected aspect of Bauhaus hiding beneath its slick surfaces: the experimentation with occult spirituality, gender fluidity, queer identities, and radical politics. In Gyorgy Kepes: Undreaming the Bauhaus, John R. Blakinger considers the work of an acolyte of Moholy-Nagy who, when transplanted to America, found himself trapped in a military-industrial-aesthetic complex. Kepes pioneered a new paradigm for creative practice: the artist as technocrat. The volume Bauhaus Futures asks “who are the pioneering experimentalists who reinscribe or resist Bauhaus traditions?” Contributors to Bauhaus Futures include Molly Wright Steenson, Laura Forlano, and our moderator, Robert Wiesenberger. Sponsored by MIT Press.

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Robert Wiesenberger

Robert Wiesenberger is Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he also teaches in the graduate program in art history at Williams College. Before moving to the Berkshires he was, from 2013–2018, a Critic at the... Read More →

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Elizabeth Otto

Elizabeth Otto is an art and cultural historian whose research centers on early twentieth-century visual and media culture, with a focus on Europe. She is a tenured associate professor of Modern Art, Film, and Media History, Gender Studies, and Curriculum Development at the University... Read More →
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John R. Blakinger

John R. Blakinger is an art historian, writer, and editor whose work has appeared in Tate Papers, CAA Reviews, and Design Issues. With a PhD in art history from Stanford University, he was also a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National... Read More →
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Laura Forlano

Laura Forlano is a social scientist, design researcher, professor, and writer. Her work, which has earned her funding from the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright Award, has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Business Anthropology, Demonstrations... Read More →
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Molly Wright Steenson

Molly Wright Steenson is a designer, author, professor, researcher, and international speaker. Her work focuses on the intersection of design, architecture, and artificial intelligence. She is the Senior Associate Dean for Research in the College of Fine Arts, the K&L Gates Associate... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
BAC Cascieri Hall 320 Newbury St, Boston, MA, 02115