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Haunted Bauhaus: Spirit, Sex and Politics in the Design School You Thought You Knew

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Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

$12, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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The Bauhaus (1919–1933) is widely regarded as the twentieth century's most influential art, architecture, and design school, celebrated as the archetypal movement of rational modernism and famous for bringing functional and elegant design to the masses. In Haunted Bauhaus, art historian Dr. Elizabeth Otto liberates 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 occult spirituality, gender fluidity, queer identities, and radical politics.

The Bauhaus is haunted by these untold stories. The Bauhaus is most often associated with a handful of famous artists, architects, and designers—notably Paul Klee, Walter Gropius, László Moholy-Nagy, and Marcel Breuer. Otto enlarges this narrow focus by reclaiming the historically marginalized lives and accomplishments of many of the more than 1,200 Bauhaus teachers and students (the so-called Bauhäusler). She expands our knowledge of a foundational movement of modern art, architecture, and design, and provides the first investigation of the irrational and the unconventional currents swirling behind the Bauhaus's signature sleek surfaces and austere structures. This is a fresh, wild ride through the Bauhaus you thought you knew!

Dr. Otto is an art historian and the author of Haunted BauhausTempo, Tempo! The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt, the coauthor of Bauhaus Women: A Global Perspective, and the coeditor of five books including Bauhaus Bodies: Gender, Sexuality, and Body Culture in Modernism's Legendary Art School. She is Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where she has also served as the Executive Director of the Humanities Institute.

This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).


Things to Know

This event is for ages 12 and older.
The stairs to the entrance of the Annenberg Theater are located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum’s North Parking Lot.
There is ample free public parking in the city-owned garage directly across from the museum’s north parking lot.
Handicap parking is available., This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location

101 N. Museum Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Book Cover - Haunted Bauhaus (The MIT Press, 2019), Bauhaus Building, 2011, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation / photo: Christoph Petras, Marianne Brandt, Self-Portrait in the Studio in Gotha, Double Exposed, c. 1930/31, modern photograph from vintage negative. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild- Kunst, Bonn, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, 2011, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation / photo: Christoph Petras, Unknown photographer, Untitled (disappearing figure seated on Marcel Breuer chair, later titled ti 1a), n.d., c. 1922–1928, gelatin silver print. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles., Dr. Elizabeth Otto


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