post presents: BAUHAUS↔VKhUTEMAS: Intersecting Parallels (New York, 17 Oct 2018)

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In the wake of the First World War, two interdisciplinary art schools with similar values were established in Germany and in the Soviet Union: the Bauhaus (1919–33) in Weimar and Vkhutemas (1920–30) in Moscow. Looking toward the Bauhaus centenary in 2019, the library exhibition BAUHAUS↔VKhUTEMAS: Intersecting Parallels, organized by Meghan Forbes and Evangelos Kotsioris, explores points of intersection between these two sites of radical experimentation. A selection of ephemera, publications, and correspondence highlights the extensive circulation of ideas and people among the two institutions.

Please join us for a panel discussion and reception with Anna Bokov, faculty, Cooper Union School of Architecture, and Juliet Koss, Professor and Chair, Department of Art History at Scripps College, in The Museum of Modern Art Library. Each will give a presentation on their research, followed by a moderated discussion with the exhibition organizers.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

5:30-7:00 p.m.

The Museum of Modern Art Library

4 West 54 Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues)

New York, NY 10019


Admission is free. RVSP required.


Speaker bios:

Anna Bokov holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, an M.Arch. from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a B.Arch. from Syracuse University. She has taught at the Cooper Union, Cornell AAP, Parsons, Yale School of Art, Northeastern University School of Architecture, the Moscow Architectural Institute, and Strelka Institute. She has worked as an architect and urban designer with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam; NBBJ in Moscow; Gluckman Mayner Architects and Polshek Partnership (Ennead) in New York; and the City of Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has served as an editor for the Project Russia magazine. Anna's areas of expertise include the history of design pedagogy and the avant-garde. Her Ph.D. dissertation at Yale, titled "Teaching Architecture to the Masses: Vkhutemas and the Pedagogy of Space, 1920-1930," examines the emergence of modernism through the lens of Vkhutemas, an inter-disciplinary design school in the 1920s that has been termed the "Russian Bauhaus." Anna is currently working on a book on Vkhutemas.

Juliet Koss is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at Scripps College in Claremont, California. She has published widely on modern European art and architecture with an emphasis on Germany and the USSR and is the author of Modernism after Wagner (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), shortlisted for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Prize from the College Art Association. She is currently completing Model Soviets, which explores the status and function of models — architectural designs, art objects, and abstract representations of future possibilities – in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s. The recipient of fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Humboldt Foundation in Germany, the NEH, the Clark Art Institute, and the Harriman Institute for Russian Studies at Columbia University, among others, she was a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in 2009 and, in 2011, the Rudolf Arnheim Visiting Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin.  

post presents is a series of talks devoted to the cross-geographical consideration of modern and contemporary art. The sessions are an extension of post, MoMA's online platform devoted to art from a global perspective. The Museum of Modern Art's Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) initiative, of which post is part, is supported by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art. Additional funding is provided by Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Adriana Cisneros de Griffin, and Marlene Hess. Special thanks to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for founding support of C-MAP and post.