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.
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”
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.