Bauhaus: Art and Design for the Future
Dr. Susanne Riedel, Associate Professor of Art History, UNM
January 12, 2020
The BAUHAUS is one of the most innovative, interdisciplinary, and influential art schools of the 20th century. Artists from international backgrounds and with broadly diverse views worked together to shape a new way of living and use art to evoke a new way of thinking for the modern world. Established in Germany in 1919 and closed by the Nazis in 1933, the BAUHAUS was short lived – but the principles of BAUHAUS education and artistic approach define art education and design for the future to this day. Art education in the US is strongly defined by the BAUHAUS curriculum as many BAUHAUS members fled from the Nazi threat to be welcomed by American universities. Susanne Riedel will take us on a historical journey of BAUHAUS artists and ideas and address how BAUHAUS influenced art, architectural trends and art education in the decades since its demise.
Dr. Susanne Riedel is Associate Professor of European Art and Assistant Chair at the Department of Art at UNM. She received her M.A. from Freiburg, Germany, and her Ph.D. from UCLA concentrating her research on French art of the 18th and 19th centuries. Dr. Anderson-Riedel has extensive international experience, studying and working in Germany, France, and Italy, as well as publishing and presenting her research in the US and abroad. She has been awarded several research scholarships including a Mellon Fellowship. Dr. Anderson-Riedel’s book, Creativity and Reproduction: Nineteenth Century Engraving and the Academy, tells the story of printmakers at the French Academy to be accepted as fine artists and supported by the state.