How Bauhaus Is It?

August 19, 2019  • Society of Fellows

The legacies of the Bauhaus, especially in its centennial year, seem limitless—from IKEA to art schools to techno-utopian startups. But how well do many of these so-called cultural references truly reflect the aesthetics and methodology of the Bauhaus? This talk led by Robert Wiesenberger looks closely at a set of unexpected objects made at and after the Bauhaus in Europe and beyond to surface alternative narratives. Through them, we gain a better understanding of the aesthetic, technological, and political prescience of “Bauhaus thinking,” but also its limits.