International Conference

September 25-27, 2015

Thematic Focus: The Bauhaus + USA

Examining the educational and artistic legacy of the Bauhaus in the United States through Black Mountain College and the New Bauhaus/Institute of Design. In conjunction with the conference, the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center presented the exhibition CONVERGENCE / DIVERGENCE: Exploring Black Mountain College and Chicago’s New Bauhaus/Institute of Design, curated by Michael Reid.

Keynote Speaker: Ellen Lupton

Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore; author; curator.

Lupton has produced numerous exhibitions and books, including The ABC’s of Bauhaus, The Bauhaus and Design Theory (2000), Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office (1993), Mixing Messages: Graphic Design and Contemporary Culture (1996), Letters from the Avant-Garde (1996), and Skin: Surface, Substance + Design (2002). Her book Thinking with Type (2004) is used by students, designers, and educators worldwide. D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (2006), co-authored with her graduate students at MICA, explains design processes to a general audience. D.I.Y. Kids (October 2007), co-authored with Julia Lupton, is a design book for children illustrated with kids’ art. The Lupton twins’ latest book is Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things (St Martin’s Griffin, 2009). Lupton is a 2007 recipient of the AIGA Gold Medal, one of the highest honors given to a graphic designer or design educator in the U.S.

Featured Speakers
Brenda Danilowitz: Chief Curator, The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation.
Margret Kentgens-Craig: former Head of the Department of Archives and Collections at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Germany and author of The Bauhaus and America: First Contacts 1919-1936.
Fabienne Eggelhoefer: Curator at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland.
Jonathan Creasy: Trinity College Dublin / New Dublin Press, 2015 DAAD Scholar at Freie Universität Berlin and Das Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin.
College on Wheels: Uncovering Black Mountain in the Bauhaus Archive