This February, the Getty presents a lecture and performance that spotlight Bauhaus, the German school that changed the face of art education by integrating art, craft, and technology with everyday life. Complementing the exhibition Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939, which includes photographs by Bauhaus master Lyonel Feininger and students, these events offer a closer look at the philosophy, instructors, students and creations that came from this innovative school.
On Thursday, February 16, Niklas Maak, a critic and editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and author of Le Corbusier: The Architect on the Beach, reconsiders Bauhaus culture, viewing it as an approach rather than style, with relevance for today. He brings Bauhaus to life as much more than merely a historical period seen as rational and without frills, and discusses the artistic relationships and activities that made the movement so special. Maak gives the audience much more to think about than the design of a teapot or chair—he will demonstrate that Bauhaus, rather than a stylistic category, is a way of life that emphasizes collective creativity.
Then, on Saturday, February 25, the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will showcase its internationally renowned programming and vast repertoire. Under the direction of conductor Daniel Spalding, the 17-member ensemble presents a robust program of music from the Bauhaus period, including works by Igor Stravinsky, Ernst Krenek, Ferruccio Busoni, Arnold Schoenberg, and George Antheil.
Although music was never formally added to Bauhaus curriculum, the creators of music, art and architecture collaborated closely and informed each other’s work, and performances by the Bauhauskapelle (Bauhaus Orchestra) explored an avant-garde repertoire. The Philadelphia Virtuosi will present a musical program of orchestral rarities that not only reflect the period, but also the spirit of Bauhaus.
Bauhaus Reconsidered: When Collectivity Becomes Form
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
Admission: Free; reservations recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.
Gordon Getty Concert: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Tickets $20; students/seniors $15. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu.
Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939 is on view at the Getty Center through
March 11, 2012.
Visiting the Getty Center
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