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Finding the Bauhaus in the Public Library, Sept. 26

September 26, 2019


Finding the Bauhaus in the Public Library: Opening Reception and Panel Discussion

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, 5:30 p.m.


As part of DC Design Week, the DC Library will host a panel entitled Finding the Bauhaus in the Public Library, featuring 2019 Tour Day leader Hazel Edwards. 


From DC Library:

The Bauhaus (1919-1933) was a German art school that imagined a better world and launched some of the greatest architects, designers and artists of the 20th century—including Mies van der Rohe, architect of D.C.’s own Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Yet the school’s social vision was eclipsed by World War II and the rise of a fascist regime. Today we see traces of Bauhaus design everywhere—but what became of its utopian ideals? Further, what new perspective does this history offer on present-day challenges of inequality and shrinking public space? Join us for a cross-cultural conversation with experts from the fields of art and design, architecture, and education about historical experiments and today’s realities in design for the public good.


Moderator: Maryann James-Daley, Assistant Director of Public Services, DC Public Library


Karen Koelher, Professor of Art History, Hampshire College
Mira Azarm, Innovation Instigator, University of Maryland Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Hazel Edwards, Chair, Howard University Department of Architecture

Presented in partnership with AIGA DC Design Week

5:30–7 pm: Exhibition Opening Reception, Designing and Redesigning the MLK Library
7–8:30 pm: Panel Discussion: Designing Utopia? Learning from the Bauhaus Experiment 

Free. Please RSVP via Eventbrite

Presented in partnership with AIGA DC Design Week.

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