Different Tomorrows: Design Futures Beyond the Bauhaus

Wed, October 2, 2019, 6pm
With Leah Hsiao, Elizabeth Otto and Rachel Franklin hosted by Sean Donahue

Founded as an art school in 1919, Germany’s Bauhaus — meaning “house of construction” or “building house”— is often characterized as emphasizing minimalism, sleek lines, utility, mass production, and architecture and typography in its union of art and design.

Long after the school was closed by the Nazis in 1933, the movement’s impact is still felt, from the design of furniture to iPhones. And yet, longtime narratives around the Bauhaus have excluded diverse perspectives, stories and insight.

Timed to the movement’s 100th anniversary, ArtCenter’s week-long early October series Different Tomorrows: Design Futures Beyond the Bauhaus—a follow-up to the 2017 series Different Tomorrows: Beyond Whiteness—brought together scholars, artists, activists and designers to challenge the Bauhaus as the movement of record with discussions related to gender, race and global perspectives.

Organized by graduate Media Design Practices (MDP) Department Associate Professor Sean Donahue and Professor Elizabeth Chin, the series included a reading room at the 950 building’s Wind Tunnel Gallery with 100 texts and projects questioning the Bauhaus legacy, and a docent tour of the Getty Center’s Bauhaus archives. A reception and symposium featured University at Buffalo Associate Professor Elizabeth Otto, author of the 2019 book Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities and Radical Politics; Leah Hsiao, a lecturer at China’s Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and a researcher at the Bauhaus Lab in Germany; and Raquel Franklin, head of the Universidad Anáhuac México’s Theory of Architecture Department.

Wind Tunnel Gallery

South Campus,
950 S Raymond Ave,
CA 91105

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Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice is an initiative of the graduate programs in Art and Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design. The Wind Tunnel, situated between the two programs in a former supersonic jet testing facility on Art Center's south campus, is a forum for speakers, conferences, exhibitions, residencies, screenings, and publications.

Parking is free or take the Gold Line and exit at Filmore Station.