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Object Lessons: The Bauhaus and Harvard

Object Lessons: The Bauhaus and Harvard

$ 45.00

 A fresh look at how Bauhaus teachers and artists brought their influential pedagogy and practice from Germany to the United States

Edited by Laura Muir

Published in 2021


ISBN: 9780300254167
296 pages; 7 ¼ × 10 ¼ in.
164 color + b/w illustrations
Hardcover (cloth-over-board, swiss binding)

Published by Harvard Art Museums
Distributed by Yale University Press

Winner, 2023 First Place (Books), New England Museum Association

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Founded by architect Walter Gropius (1883–1969) in 1919, the Bauhaus was the 20th century’s most influential school of art, architecture, and design. After the school was shuttered under pressure from the Nazis in 1933, many Bauhaus artists brought their innovative practices and teaching methods to the United States. Gropius himself accepted a position at Harvard, where he would help establish a collection of Bauhaus material that has since grown to more than 30,000 objects—the largest such collection outside Germany. Harvard in turn became an unofficial center for the Bauhaus in America. Written by established and emerging voices in the field, the scholarship presented here expands on the special link between the two institutions, while highlighting understudied aspects of the Bauhaus, such as weaving, photography, and art made by women. Accompanied by beautiful illustrations—some of never-before-published objects—this book yields fascinating insights for Bauhaus devotees and design aficionados. A full reproduction of the six-page catalogue produced by the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art for its 1930 exhibition—the first Bauhaus exhibition in the United States—is included at the back of the book.

Laura Muir is Associate Director of Academic and Public Programs and the Louis Miller Thayer Research Curator at the Harvard Art Museums.

With contributions by Francesca G. Bewer, Annie Bourneuf, Katarina Burin, Madeline Corona, Susan D. Costello, Katherine Eremin, Laura A. Frahm, Teri Hensick, Fritz Horstman, Kristie La, Laura Muir, Georgina Rayner, Jeffrey Saletnik, Robin Schuldenfrei, Kate Smith, Jordan Troeller, Melissa Venator, and Robert Wiesenberger.

Object Lessons was inspired by the exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard and its related programming offered during Spring/Summer 2019, which coincided with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus. Explore more than 32,000 Bauhaus-related objects in the museums’ online resource The Bauhaus:

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