A Bigger Bauhaus: Considering Art and Design by Female, LGBTQ, and Politically Active Bauhäusler

August 19, 2019  • Society of Fellows

The Bauhaus is known for a handful of famous men, but over one third of its 1,250 members were women. They were subject to higher admissions standards and often steered into the weaving workshop, but the institution produced some of the most dynamic female artists and designers of its time. In this talk, Elizabeth Otto examines not only the unsung women, but all manner of Bauhäusler who haunt the margins of Bauhaus history, uncovering a movement that is vastly more diverse and paradoxical than previously assumed. Otto traces the surprising trajectories of the school’s engagement with gender fluidity, queer identities, and radical politics.