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Light Play: Film and the Bauhaus

Light Play: Film and the Bauhaus
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri October 26, 2018
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


The Goldsholls studied at the IIT School of Design (the “New Bauhaus”) in the 1940s under renowned artist and educator László Moholy-Nagy, who brought the methods and principles of the Bauhaus movement to the US. Known for architecture and design, the Bauhaus also explored the kinetic possibilities of projected light and film, a legacy that deeply influenced New Bauhaus students in Chicago. Harvard professor Laura Frahm will present her ongoing research on film at the Bauhaus, followed by a screening of key films by Hans Richter and others. We’ll also be joined by filmmaker Alysa Nahmias, who will share a clip from her forthcoming documentary on the New Bauhaus.

Films screening will include:

Lightplay: Black White Gray (László Moholy-Nagy, 1926, 16mm, 6 min.)

Filmstudie (Hans Richter, 1926, 16mm, 7 min.)

Rhythmus 21 (Hans Richter, 1921, 16mm, 3 min.)

Rhythmus 23 (Hans Richter, 1923, 16mm, 3 min.)

Lens Distortion (Millie and Mort Goldsholl, ca. 1969, 2k Digital, 4m)

Plus: additional films by Werner Graeff and Kurt Kranz
Part of the film series
Designers in Film: The Cinematic World of the Goldsholls

This film series complements and extends the Block’s exhibition Up Is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio with five programs of films produced by the Chicago-based Goldsholls, their collaborators, influences, and contemporaries. Presenting a wide spectrum of classic and rarely-seen experimental cinema, animation, and commissioned films, Designers in Film explores the playful and innovative atmosphere of 20th-century moving image-making in which Morton and Millie Goldsholl took a central place.


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