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Events December 2019


Eternal Bauhaus: Myths, Legends, and Contributions of the Bauhaus on its 100th Birthday

December 3, 2019

The Center for Italian Modern Art hosts this lecture by Barry Bergdoll who will look at the difficult task of distinguishing the Bauhaus as school, from the Bauhaus as a propaganda machine. Already a force during its lifetime, the Bauhaus only grew after its demise, as its legacy got caught up in the politics of World War II and then the Cold War. The talk will also examine the question: to what extent has the opening of two new museums and hundreds of exhibitions in this centennial year of the Bauhaus contributed to a deeper understanding or reinforcement of myths forged through exhibitions for nearly a century?

Barry Bergdoll is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University and the former Chief Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. A specialist in the history of modern architecture, he curated numerous exhibitions at MoMA, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Musée d’Orsay, and other venues, including Mies In Berlin (2001), Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity (2009–2010), Latin America in Construction : Architecture 1955-1980 (2015) and Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive (2017).

He is the author most recently of Marcel Breuer: Building Global Institutions (2017), and many other publications including Mastering McKim’s Plan: Columbia’s First Century on Morningside Heights (1997) and European Architecture 1750–1890 (2000).

Tuesday December 3, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Center for Italian Modern Art
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