Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Free Film Screening: Bauhaus - The Face of the 20th Century

Join Gallery 1C03 for a free screening of
 Bauhaus: The Face of the Twentieth Century
November 18, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall (3rd floor of Centennial Hall) at The University of Winnipeg
Followed by Discussion with Dr. Oliver Botar and artist Ian August

The film Bauhaus: The Face of the Twentieth Century (ArtHaus MUSIK, 1994) is presented in conjunction with Ian August’s current Gallery 1C03 exhibition RE: BUILD THEM which reflects upon the effects of the Bauhaus movement through a (re)imagining of its (would be) spaces and structures.

This stunning program looks at the development of the Bauhaus and at the key figures involved in it-including the founder Walter Gropius, his successor Mies van der Rohe, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers. The program also sets the history of the Bauhaus in the context of the political unrest and economic chaos of the Weimar Republic in Germany. The program features numerous experts including Christopher Frayling of the Royal College of Art, architectural historian Charles Jencks, and Dr. Peter Hahn, Director of the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin. Former students discuss their time at the Bauhaus, and the eminent architect Philip Johnson tells how it influenced his work. The Program contains rare archival footage of the Bauhaus at Dessau and looks at the architecture of Chicago, much influenced by Mies van der Rohe, who emigrated there after the Bauhaus was shut down by the Nazis in 1933. (50min, colour)            

After the screening, join respected Bauhaus art historian Dr. Oliver Botar and artist Ian August in conversation!

Winnipeg-based artist Ian August has presented his art in exhibitions across Canada for the last decade, including local group shows Supernovas (Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2006), 26/Two-Sicks/Too-Six… (Gallery 1.1.1., 2006) and All of a Sudden… (PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts, 2013). He has been awarded grants for his work from the Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. August received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Degree from the University of Manitoba School of Art in 2004. In 2011 he completed his Master of Fine Arts Degree at York University in Toronto. The following year August spent several months in Berlin and the rest of Germany researching the Bauhaus school and the dissemination of its ideas to North America. This project resulted in a series of paintings and drawings shown at Golden City Fine Art in Winnipeg (2012) and in the current exhibit RE: BUILD THEM.

Art historian Dr. Oliver Botar completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in urban geography at the University of Alberta in Edmonton; and a Master of Science in urban and regional planning, a Master of Arts in art history, and a Ph.D. in art history, all at the University of Toronto. He has taught art and architectural history at several Canadian universities. Since 1996 he has been professor of modern art history at the University of Manitoba, where he teaches a world survey of art and architecture, modern and contemporary art, post-war Canadian art, and art in new media. His research, writing and exhibition curating have focussed on early to mid 20th century art, architecture, photography and media art. This work has been international in scope, with concentrations on Weimar Germany, Hungary, Canada and the United States. The art and ideas of Bauhausler László Moholy-Nagy have been a focus throughout his career. He has lectured, published, and has curated exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe. He lives and works in Winnipeg.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

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