Bauhaus Now: Contemporary Applications

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Bauhaus Now: Contemporary Applications

2320 W Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
October 14th, 2011 - December 4th, 2011
Opening: October 14th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Wed-Sun 12-4


The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presents Bauhaus Now: Contemporary Applications, an international group exhibition featuring 21 artists whose work applies the foundational principles of art and design set forth by the Bauhaus school founded in Weimar, Germany in 1919.

Students, alumni, and instructors from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, the Bauhaus Universitat in Weimar, Germany - as well as artists whose practice has been informed by the Bauhaus’ foundation - explore the contemporary application of the Bauhaus legacy and ideals.

"First we seek contact with material…Instead of pasting it, we will put paper together by sewing, buttoning, riveting, typing, and pinning it; in other words we fasten it in a multitude of ways. We will test the possibilities of its tensile and compression-resistant strength. In doing so, we do not always create “works of art,” but rather experiments; it is not our ambition to fill museums: we are gathering experience."
  -Joseph Albers, Bauhaus instructor

An elimination of the distinction between "art" and "craft" was a fundamental ambition behind the establishment of the Bauhaus school. This called for a radical curriculum and a fresh approach to the creative process. Experimentation and experience with material (rather than mimicry of the masters, the then-predominant art training method) was the essential preparation for the Bauhaus founders' ideal "new guild of craftsmen."

The central feature of the curriculum was workshops led by both an artist and a craftsman, guiding the student's experience with material, color, theory and shape. The Bauhaus' curriculum encouraged interdisciplinary exploration, open information exchange, and play as primary methods for “unlearning” conventional practice and opening the mind to an enlightened creative practice. In essence, The Bauhaus functioned much like a cultural incubator rather than a traditional school.

Bauhaus Now explores the contemporary legacy of the Bauhaus school not only through the finished aesthetic for which it is best known, but also through its approach to the creative process and pedagogy at its core. It provides a workshop view of the tangle of ideas and experiments and collaborations that help progress the traditional into modernity. The artists’ works that compose the exhibition demonstrate this experimentation, play, and cross-disciplinary approach to the creative process, with an application conscious of contemporary technologies, art / design concerns.

Artists featured:
The Bauhaus Modulators // Greece
Samantha Bittman // Chicago, L.A.
Julia Curtin // England
Alina Cyranek // Germany
Dagmar Fella // Germany
William FitzPatrick // Chicago
Karolina Gnatowski // Chicago
Ulrike Heydenreich // Germany
Jason Kalogiros // San Francisco
Robert Krawczyk // Chicago
Daniel Lavitt // Chicago, L.A.
Michael Milano // Chicago
Helen Oh // Chicago
Silke Opitz // Germany
Mark Porter // Chicago
Kyle Schlie // Chicago
Susan Schmidt // Germany
Rene Sebastien Schwolow // Germany
Laura Strasser // Germany
Jennis Li Cheng Tien // Germany
Robert Verch // Germany