Object Lessons The Bauhaus and Harvard Laura Muir

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
13 Oct 2020
ISBN:
9780300254167
Imprint:
Harvard Art Museums
Dimensions:
300 pages: 260 x 184mm
Illustrations:
150 color + b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

A fresh look at the influential pedagogy and practice pioneered by the Bauhaus

Founded by architect Walter Gropius (1883–1969) in 1919, the Bauhaus was the 20th century’s most influential school of art, architecture, and design. After the school was shuttered under pressure from the Nazis in 1933, many Bauhaus artists brought their innovative practices and teaching methods to the United States. Gropius himself accepted a position at Harvard, where he would help establish a collection of Bauhaus material that has since grown to more than 30,000 objects—the largest such collection outside Germany. Harvard in turn became an unofficial center for the Bauhaus in America. Written by established and emerging voices in the field, the scholarship presented here expands on the special link between the two institutions, while highlighting understudied aspects of the Bauhaus, such as weaving, photography, and art made by women. Accompanied by beautiful illustrations—some of never-before-published objects—this book yields fascinating insights for Bauhaus devotees and design aficionados. 

Laura Muir is Louis Miller Thayer Research Curator for Academic and Public Programs at the Harvard Art Museums.