Biweekly, Wednesday, 10 – 12, Week 1
Bauhaus, the school of art and design, was founded in Germany a hundred years ago, in 1919, and was shut down by the Nazis in 1933. It aimed to rethink art in the industrial age. In its brief life it produced a dazzling array of experiments in the visual arts, building, and furniture design – and, even, theatre and dance. Pulling away from the horror of WW I, the Bauhaus had utopian ideas about a fusion of art, industry, design, and craft. It profoundly influenced the design of the buildings we live in and the design of the things of everyday life. Under the early leadership of architect Walter Gropius, the movement included many architects, artists, and designers such as Mies van der Rohe, Wassily Kandinsky, and Lazlo Moholy-Nagy. Members may choose to present on one of the many well-known personalities attached to the movement and on its influences in our lives today.
Virginia Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a design enthusiast and an art lover. Her background is in editing, communications, and public policy. Born and brought up in the USA, she came to Toronto in the late 1960s and is happily Canadian.
Sheilagh Hickie (email@example.com) has always been interested in architecture and artists and, although never having been to Dessau, has visited the Bauhaus museum in Berlin. She has facilitated many workshops over the years, focusing particularly on literature.