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Bauhaus 100: Object Lessons from a Historic Collection

Herbert Bayer, American, Design for a Multimedia Trade Fair Booth, 1924. Opaque watercolor, charcoal, and touches of graphite with collage of cut, printed, and colored papers on off-white wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of the artist, BR48.101. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Symposium M. Victor Leventritt Lecture

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, the Bauhaus was the 20th century’s most influential school of art, architecture, and design. A century later, we continue to learn from the rich trove of student exercises, iconic design objects, photographs, textiles, typography, paintings, and archival materials in the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s extensive Bauhaus collection. Join us as leading and emerging scholars share new research on these objects and related works in Harvard collections.

This symposium is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard, on view from February 8 to July 28, 2019.

Laura Muir, Research Curator for Academic and Public Programs at the Harvard Art Museums and curator of The Bauhaus and Harvard exhibition

Annie Bourneuf, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Kristie La, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University

Lynette Roth, Daimler Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Head of the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museums

Jeffrey Saletnik, Assistant Professor of Modern Art in the Department of Art History at Indiana University, Bloomington

Robin Schuldenfrei, Katja and Nicolai Tangen Lecturer in 20th-Century Modernism at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

Jordan Troeller, Lecturer at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and at the Freie Universität Berlin

Melissa Venator, Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow in the Busch-Reisinger Museum at the Harvard Art Museums

Robert Wiesenberger, Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects at the Clark Art Institute

Read the symposium program here.

The symposium will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 9:30am.

Free admission, but seating is limited.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

Support for this symposium is provided by the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, which was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. The purpose of the fund is to present outstanding scholars of the history and theory of art to the Harvard and Greater Boston communities.

Support for the Bauhaus exhibition is provided by endowed funds, including the Daimler Curatorship of the Busch-Reisinger Museum Fund, the Charles L. Kuhn Endowment Fund, and the Care of the Busch-Reisinger Museum Collection Fund. In addition, exhibition-related programming is made possible by the M. Victor Leventritt Fund, which was established through the generosity of the wife, children, and friends of the late M. Victor Leventritt, Harvard Class of 1935. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.

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