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Postcard for the Bauhaus exhibition of 1923, Paul Häberer, 1923. The Getty Research Institute, 850513


  Postcard for the Bauhaus exhibition of 1923, Paul Häberer, 1923. The Getty Research Institute, 850513

Bauhaus Beginnings

Through October 13, 2019 | The Getty Center
Just after the Bauhaus officially opened in Weimar, Germany, on April 1, 1919, Director Walter Gropius published a manifesto laden with romantic, spiritual imagery which called for an educational program bridging the fine and applied arts and which attracted students from as far away as Japan. Gropius's aspiration was that various forms of artistic practice—especially painting, sculpture, architecture, and design—could produce spiritually gratifying collective works. Objects like this postcard, a result of this pedagogical vision, are now on display as part of the exhibition Bauhaus Beginnings.

Gallery tours are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. through October 10.

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  Farbenkugel (Color sphere) (detail), Philipp Otto Runge, 1810. Hand-colored engraving. From Philipp Otto Runge, Farben-Kugel oder Construction des Verhaältnisses aller Mischungen der Farben zu einander, und ihrer vollständigen Affinitaät (Hamburg: Bey Friedrich Perthes, 1810), insert after p. 15. The Getty Research Institute, 85-B14127

Bauhaus: Building the New Artist

Online exhibition |
One of the first things a Bauhaus student encountered in his or her education was instruction in form and color; this study continued throughout the student's tenure in the context of advanced seminars and applied workshops. While the roster of course offerings was constantly in flux, a firm grounding in the principles of form and color was considered essential to the development of the new artist. Images like Philipp Otto Runge's color sphere illustrate the longer history of this thinking as it influenced Bauhaus masters and students and are freely available to view as part of the online exhibition Bauhaus: Building the New Artist.

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A Colorful Afternoon: Cornelia Funke's Adventures Through the Bauhaus

Storytelling and Tour | September 29, 2019 | 2:00 p.m.
Join award-winning children's author Corenlia Funke for an afternoon filled with ghosts and spirits as she shares her latest Getty story about a pirate who journeys to the Bauhaus and his encounter with the artistic world of shapes, colors, and materials. The storytelling is followed by a children's craft project and a tour of Bauhaus Beginnings, on view now.

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Canons and Values: Ancient to Modern

Edited by Larry Silver and Kevin Terraciano
Bringing together the work of 12 international scholars, Canons and Values: Ancient to Modern explores the foundations of the European canon while offering a critical rethinking of ancient and classical art through the interrogation of the canons of cultures that have often been left at the margins of art history. Scholars employ an array of methodological frameworks including visual analysis, literary critique, and archaeological investigations to examine canon formation throughout the world, from Africa to classical Greece and in between.

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  Flier for the 1983 Target L.A. event, L.A. Artists for Survival records relating to Target L.A., The Getty Research Institute, 2017.M.46. Gift of Cheri Gaulke.

L.A. Artists for Survival Records Relating to Target L.A.

Finding Aid
Target L.A.: The Art of Survival was an anti-nuclear art and music festival produced by L.A. Artists for Survival. Originally held on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the event featured art installations and performances by Mother Art, The Waitresses, UNARM, and other artists' groups, as well as musical and spoken-word performances. Artist Cheri Gaulke served as the project coordinator for both events; her involvement with Target L.A. was a direct outgrowth of her work with the Sisters of Survival (SOS), which originated with the Woman's Building. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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1519, the Arrival of Strangers: Indigenous Art and Voices following the Spanish Conquest of Mesoamerica

Symposium | October 3–5, 2019 | 10:00 am–5:30 pm


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