Art On Our Mind: Tina's Thoughts

Dear Friends,

The artwork I was most affected by while in New York might have been Tim Burton’s exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, but it was sold out when we got there for the rest of the day.  Word to the wise: go early and get a ticket before looking through all the galleries.

Tim Burton...who wouldn't want to see this drawing?

But, we did see and unexpectedly amazing exhibit entitled “Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity”  I was resisting going in, but followed Laura and was so thankful I did.  Some incredible artists were involved in this school such as Paul Klee, Vasily Kandinsky, and Josef Albers to only name a few.   I will quote from the MOMA’s website why this school was revolutionary at the time (and shockingly still would be today I believe)

“The Bauhaus brought together artists, architects, and designers in an extraordinary conversation about the nature of art in the age of technology. Aiming to rethink the very form of modern life, the Bauhaus became the site of a dazzling array of experiments in the visual arts that have profoundly shaped our visual world today.  The exhibition gathers over four hundred works that reflect the broad range of the school’s productions, including industrial design, furniture, architecture, graphics, photography, textiles, ceramics, theater design, painting, and sculpture”

"Bauhaus Stairway" by Oskar Schlemmer

I am facinated by this and feel I need another look at the exhibit, but will settle for some time at their website and my local library.  I am intrigued because this school was getting to what “interdisciplinary” means.  Laura and I just received our degree from Goddard Collage in Interdisciplinary Arts so I will explain a bit what this means to me.  I claim being an interdisciplinary artist because my artwork extends beyond the boundaries of  painter/sculptor/illustrator.    My practice dances in education, steps into feminism, tangos with motherhood, waltzes with environmentalism, and cha-chas with geography (stay with me here, I do not really dance so these names may not fit the field of study?).  I then respond to all of these “dances” with materials that are best for the conversation I am having.  This may be a long series of assembled and collaged materials that is taking years to develop or it may be a daily practice of drawing/writing.

In our increasingly connected (well…electronically not always humanly) world has invited many people to start seeing where things run parallel.  It was amazing to see in this exhibit the energy of creative thinkers pondering this very idea almost one hundred years ago.  Like I said, I have more to learn about this school so I am off to do just that.


A picture from the MOMA website
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5 thoughts on “Art On Our Mind: Tina's Thoughts

  1. This is a great post! I love to see what you got out of the same exhibits we attended together. I too would like to learn more about the Bauhaus artists. I have always been a fan of Kandinsky and Paul Klee but never really knew about how this school came to be~fascinating! I also appreciated how you explained “Interdisciplinary” because I am not sure many people understand what that means. I will cha cha with you anytime! xolaura

  2. Hi Tina and Laura,
    I linked on to your blog through AS Blastoff…and talk about synchronicity! I attended Goddard as an ADP in the mid 80’s. I am envious that you caught the Bauhaus exhibit (ends today I believe). The Bauhaus community and their work still interests and influences me. My most recent book purchases are The Women of the Bauhaus Women and Gunta Stolz:Bauhaus Master.
    BTW, love the affirmation book.

  3. Hi Tina and Laura,
    Hmmm just lost the post here…
    I linked from AS Blastoff course to see Laura’s affirmation book–very inspiring. I am thrilled to see you both saw the Bauhaus exhibit. Totally envious! as I believe it closes today. The Bauhaus philosophy, community, and work still interests and influences me. My most recent book purchases were Gunta Stolz: Bauhaus Master and Bauhaus Women.
    As a side note: I attended Goddard in the mid-80’s as an ADP–independent study in Art: focus on handweaving. True to Goddard’s philosophy, I believe all learning is interdisciplinary.
    Dance on!

  4. Hi Rita,
    This is so wonderful that we have a connection through Goddard! I saw one picture of the faculty during one of the years of the Bauhaus School and noticed Gunta among all the men. I have been meaning to look her up, so I am glad you mentioned her book. I am always interested and intrigued in women pioneers. So glad you stopped by our blog for a little “chat”.

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