Faculty Notes

Michael J. Lewis: "The Bauhaus Restored"

The Bauhaus restored | December 2009 The New Criterion

On “Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

In his feature in The New Criterion on MOMA’s show, ‘Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity,’ Lewis writes “the spellbinding exhibition now at the Museum of Modern Art.[1] Although it topples a good many cherished myths, and does so with patent glee, it cannot properly be called revisionist for there has never been a lucid and comprehensive presentation of the Bauhaus to revise. Every previous exhibition, including with MOMA’s own path-breaking 1938 show, has been able to present only a selected aspect, the inevitable consequence of the dispersal of the Bauhaus collections following Hitler’s rise to power, world war, and the subsequent division between East and West Germany.” To read more, go to http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-Bauhaus-restored-4332