School of Visual Arts What Was the Bauhaus History of Design Reading Response

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Question: What was the Bauhaus? Who were some of the key people involved and what were some of the ideas it promoted? How did some of these ideas fit into the broader context of Modernism that we have been thinking about?


•Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, “Joseph Hartwig Chess Set. 1922-1924,” in Bauhaus: Workshops for Modernity, 1919-1933, Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman, eds. (New York: MoMA, 2010), 146-149.

•Walter Gropius, “The Program of the Staatliche Bauhaus in Weimar,” in The Industrial Design Reader: 97-101.

• Christine Frederick, “The Labor Saving Kitchen,” in The Industrial Design Reader, 92-96.

• Ellen Lupton, “Herbert Bayer Designs for ‘Universal’ Lettering 1925 and 1927,” in Bauhaus: Workshops for Modernity, 1919-1933, 200-203.

• David Raizman, “The Bauhaus” in History of Modern Design: 196-206.

• Frederic J. Schwartz, “Marcel Breuer Club Chair,” in Bauhaus: Workshops for Modernity, 1919-1933, 228-231.

• Frederick Winslow Taylor, “The Principles of Scientific Management,” in The Industrial Design Reader, 84-88.

The question should be responded to after doing your weekly readings and is seen as a short exercise to get you writing and thinking critically about the texts. For guidance, you should only take between 15-20 minutes to respond and I expect the response length to be 3-5 paragraphs. I am looking for responses that specifically cite the assigned texts and answer the question. Your response will be graded with a √, √-, or √+. Due October 07 8pm

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