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Featuring Bernard Jazzar, Herbert Bayer expert and curator of the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Collection; Benjamin Benus, Associate Professor of Art and Design History at Loyola University New Orleans; and Andrew Travers, Penner Manager of Educational Programs at the Bayer Center; in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Dan Porterfield. They will discuss the campus-wide exhibition that explores Herbert Bayer’s 1953 World Geo-Graphic Atlas, a landmark work of visual education and modernist design. In addition to examining Bayer’s contributions to map design and scientific illustration, the exhibition provides new insights into Bayer’s larger body of artwork, and also highlights the atlas’s continued relevance for audiences today. Marking the 70th anniversary of the atlas’s publication, this is the first exhibition devoted to this groundbreaking and influential work.
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Bernard Jazzar is curator of the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Collection, since 1993. A Herbert Bayer expert, he has organized six exhibitions for the Aspen Institute, four exploring Bayer’s work and one celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus founding. Most recently, he organized the inaugural exhibition of the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies titled Herbert Bayer: An Introduction. Jazzar wrote entries for and edited Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection. An authority on modern and contemporary enameling in the United States, he co-curated the exhibition Painting with Fire: Masters of Enameling in America, 1930-1980 and co-authored a publication of the same name. Jazzar also co-authored Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present and June Schwarcz: Artist in Glass and Metal. He previously worked in the J. Paul Getty Museum Department of Decorative Arts.
Benjamin Benus is Associate Professor of Art and Design History at Loyola University New Orleans. He completed his PhD in Art History at the University of Maryland in College Park, and he earned a BFA and MS in Art History from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Benus specializes in the history of modern art, with a focus on twentieth-century graphic design in Europe and the United States. His scholarship, which examines historical connections between modernist design and data visualization, has been supported with research fellowships from the Vienna Circle Institute at the University of Vienna; the Wolfsonian-Florida International University in Miami; and the Newberry Library in Chicago. Benus is the author of Herbert Bayer’s World Geo-Graphic Atlas and Information Design at Midcentury (RIT Press, 2023) and co-curator of the exhibition “Concept of a Visualist: Herbert Bayer’s World Geo-Graphic Atlas,” at the Aspen Institute’s Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies.
Andrew Travers is the inaugural Penner Manager of Educational Programs. Based in Aspen, he is responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating the Center’s educational programming and public engagement initiatives. A former newspaper and magazine editor, he began telling the story of Herbert Bayer and Aspen’s art history for the Aspen Daily News and Aspen Times and now does so for the Institute’s Center devoted to the artist’s life and work.
Dan Portfield, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He previously served for seven years as president of Franklin & Marshall College. Earlier in his career, he was senior vice president for strategic development and an English professor at his alma mater, Georgetown University, and a senior public affairs official in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Recognized as a visionary leader and advocate for expanding educational opportunity and improving the human condition, Dr. Porterfield was named a White House Champion of Change in 2016. He was awarded a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities from The City University of New York Graduate Center, where he earned his PhD.
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