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Design for Living
A day of conversation on design & the Bauhaus
Sunday 10 February 2019

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Crawford Art Gallery’s Learn & Explore programme, in partnership with Dr Sabine Kriebel, UCC Art History Department

10.30am registration

11.00am –  Welcome -  Mary McCarthy
Opening remarks – Dr Sabine Kriebel

11.15am - Joseph Walsh in conversation with Peter Flynn, Director ARUP Engineering.
“I think the challenge here in Ireland is to develop an understanding that creativity, the arts, an artist, an architect can fundamentally enhance society […]”

1.45pm – Modernish, Bauhaus Ideas in Cork's Streets: City tour with Tom Spalding, Cork-based writer of design, social and architectural history
(Tour of city centre - 30 places max -  
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2.00pm – 3.30pm - Inspiring, bite-size presentations about making and design inspired by the Bauhaus school to celebrate its centenary.
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2.00pm Ruth Asawa; The boundary between sculpture and interior decoration.
Dr Jordan Troeller (Humboldt-Universität, Freie Universität)

Although best known for her public commissions, the Japanese American artist Ruth Asawa made hundreds of so-called “private” sculptures for domestic interiors. Using a technique of basket weaving that Asawa had learned in Mexico in the late 1940s, while on break from her studies with former Bauhausler Josef Albers at Black Mountain College, these sculptures reconcile decorative craft and abstract modernism in their role as interior decoration. This talk explores the hybrid nature of Asawa’s work, tracing its debt to Bauhaus notions of design and interior space. 

Jordan Troeller is a historian of modern and contemporary art. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University, and the Whitney Independent Study Program, she is based in Berlin, where she teaches at the Humboldt-Universität and at the Freie Universität. Her research focuses on the Bauhaus and its diaspora, particularly in England, the US, and Latin America. Her current talk is part of a book-in-progress on Ruth Asawa in the 1950s. 

2.30pm Ideas Travel
While the Bauhaus seems to have made little impact on Ireland, as Jan Frohburg notes, the advent of air travel certainly did. Bauhaus and aviation are closely intertwined, and our eagerness today to embrace modern technologies is part of the Bauhaus legacy. Jan Frohburg (University of Limerick).

Jan Frohburg is a graduate of the Bauhaus University Weimar, he studied, practiced and taught architecture in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Ireland and the United States. His research interests include design education and the spatial expression of modernity, focusing on concepts characteristic to the work of Mies van der Rohe. He is Lecturer in Architecture, University of Limerick.

3.00pm Vidal Sassoon; The Bauhaus influence on women’s hairstyles.
Mariana Meneses Romero (Nottingham Trent University)

Mariana Meneses Romero will explore the impact of the Bauhaus in Vidal Sassoon’s hairstyling and training academy, where theoretical texts by Bauhaus masters informed geometrical hair cutting techniques and colour theory, influencing not only 50s and 60s London but long-lasting transformation in hairstyling and fashion!

Mariana was Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Creative Economy Engagement by Midlands3Cities in partnership with Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Contemporary. She was part of the team of the Bauhaus Imaginista exhibition at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, researching the legacy and influence of the Bauhaus in Great Britain, particularly in popular youth culture. Mariana has a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her thesis Women cooking art: Hospitality and contemporary art practices explored how food, art, and feminism intersect, especially in light of the gendered history and practices in the food system, when opened onto a philosophically developed notion of hospitality. She also has a MA in Art History by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2010) and a BA in Restaurant Management by CESSA University, Mexico (2005).


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