A Little Piece of Bauhaus

Exhibition series

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of Bauhaus in Chicago, in 2017, and in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the German Bauhaus, in 2019, we presented micro exhibitions, Little Pieces of Bauhaus. These exhibitions showed works that reference the Bauhaus by a variety of artists, local, national and international.

Past exhibitions

Monika Wulfers Lineare Kompositionen © Monika Wulfers

Monika Wulfers: Lines and Numbers

09/17/2018 - 12/31/2018
Monika Wulfers uses impressive light installations to define space. She works with lines and numbers in a variety of media, most recently neon. Abstract components of space are two-dimensionally described, while arbitrary gesture and capricious “design“ are eliminated. Her work is reminiscent of works by Oscar Schlemmer, one of the great early Bauhaus artists, especially his Triadic Ballet (1922).

Concurrent with the exhibitionand during out office hours, we will screen THE TRIADIC BALLET, Oskar Schlemmer (1922), D 1970, 30 min. Book and choreography: Margarete Hasting and KREUZSPIEL Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack (1923) D 1964, 9 min

Heike Albrecht: Spurenbewegung © Goethe-Institut

Heike Albrecht: Trace Movements

07/16/2018 - 09/14/2018
During her summer residency at the Goethe-Institut Chicago, Heike Albrecht collaborated with SAIC on the lecture "Trace Movements". Her impressions were on display during office hours until 09/14/18.

Oskar Schlemmer: Stelzenläufer (1927) © socks-studio.com

Heike Albrecht: Residency

07/02/2018 - 07/13/2018
At the beginning of the 20th century, modern dance had become a formative art form at the Bauhaus, with a decisive influence on the Bauhaus stage. Describing the interactions between man and space, between mankind and civilization, continues to permit visions of a future culture. During her summer residency, Heike Albrecht dedicates herself to finding traces of past, existing and future interactions.

Serene Wise:  studies in grays and white © Michael Tropea

Serene Wise: studies in grays and white

04/11/2018 - 06/29/2018
These paintings, studies in grays and white, reflect the teachings of three Bauhaus painters:  two masters, Johannes Itten, and Josef Albers and a student, Max Bill. 

Assaf Evron: Collages © Assaf Evron

Assaf Evron: Collages

01/18/2018 - 04/06/2018
The works in this series of photographic collages rethinks Mies van der Rohe’s collages in the context of his existing Midwest architectural projects.

Forms and Records © Doug Fogelson

Doug Fogelson: Forms & Records

08/28/2017 - 10/20/2017
Doug Fogelson’s images were the final project to be made in the original darkroom of the New Bauhaus, which was in the basement of Mies Van der Rohe's Crown Hall at the Institute of Design/IIT campus.

Anke Loh: Interknit © James Prinz

Anke Loh: Interknit

08/28/2017 - 10/20/2017
Anke Loh’s collection of knits revolves around women’s stories – their opportunities, challenges, delights and anxieties. Each piece combines bold yet delicate texture and pattern, evoking women who break free from expectation and tradition.

Törten Collage © Goethe-Institut

Christina Wildgrube: Siedlung Törten

07/24/2017 - 08/18/2017
Our artist-in-residence, Christina Wildgrube presented her work-in-progress Siedlung Törten daily at the Goethe-Institut Chicago in August 2017 as part of our Little Piece of Bauhaus.

Lafayette Park © Rebecca Wilton

Rebecca Wilton: Lafayette Park 2014

01/25/2017 - 06/02/2017
A central motive in the work of Rebecca Wilton is the detailed presentation of historic overlaps in urban and rural environments as they present themselves in structures, public spaces and in nature. Her work was on display from January until June 2017.

Assaf Evron Mies Windows, Crown Hall, Chicago © Assaf Evron

Assaf Evron, Mies Windows - Crown Hall, Chicago

09/09/2016 - 01/20/2017
It is a simple, spare object: showing a clean, well-lighted place. An aluminum frame cradles two color photographs in the same large format, showing two window panes bookended by their black metal frames. Evron's work was on display at the Goethe-Institut from September 2016 through January 2017.

Luftwerk: INsite Revisited © Luftwerk

Luftwerk: INsite Revisited

05/02/2016 - 07/29/2016
What do you do with a revered masterwork of the 20th century? Luftwerk casts INsite, as “an exploration of the philosophy of Mies through light.” The results are revelatory, reanimating our understanding and appreciation of this iconic structure. Luftwerks exhibit was on display from May though July 2016.