Moholy-Nagy: Future Present
July 20, 2016
through September 7, 2016
The work of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy is being exhibited in the U.S. for the first time in over 50 years. Currently on view at the Guggenheim, the expansive collection of over 300 pieces should help to bring this difficult-to-categorize figure into sharper focus. Just a few of his notable achievements include teaching at the Bauhaus in Dessau, where he also designed and published numerous books, and later founding a design school in the U.S. that today is part of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He produced an impressive amount of artwork in various mediums, including cameraless photographs, or “photograms,” experiments with light and transparency (including his “Light Prop for an Electric Stage,” on view for the first time in the U.S.), avant-garde book covers, stage sets, collages, sculpture, and more.
A not-to-be-missed feature is the “Room of the Present,” a gallery space Moholy-Nagy conceived at the request of a museum director but never realized. The contemporary re-creation by Kai-Uwe Hemken and Jakob Gebert is based on drawings and includes a lamp created in the Bauhaus metal shop under the artist’s tutelage thatremains in production today.
Moholy-Nagy took on many roles, from artist to educator to writer and worked in numerous mediums. Although he may never fit neatly into any one category, this exhibition rightfully brings a talented forerunner of Modern thought, art, and design to the forefront.
Through September 7
Week of July 17th
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23Midtown Modernisms - Crosstown Section: 53rd St. East to West