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Shapeshift Bauhaus in Chicago September 16-28, 2019

Shapeshift 2019: Bauhaus in Chicago

The inaugural design festival celebrates Illinois Institute of Technology’s—and Chicago’s—legendary, yet largely unknown, Bauhaus heritage.

IIT Institute of Design and IIT College of Architecture will launch the inaugural Shapeshift design festival September 16–28, 2019. Over two weeks of programming, we will demonstrate and discuss design’s role as a catalyst for meaningful change in Chicago yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Bauhaus master László Moholy-Nagy founded ID as the New Bauhaus in 1937. A year later, former Bauhaus director Ludwig Mies van der Rohe became head of architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, making the university a global center of modernism in the mid-twentieth century. Amidst worldwide celebrations of the Bauhaus centennial in 2019, Shapeshift will honor the remarkable Bauhaus legacy created in Chicago by ID and the College of Architecture.

Just as Chicago and Illinois Tech played leading roles in the development of twentieth-century modernism, the city and the university are together at the forefront of reimagining the lived and built urban environment for the twenty-first century. Working with Chicago communities, ID and the College of Architecture address our city’s key challenges with more equitable and sustainable solutions, and invent new approaches to urban living.

The apex of Shapeshift programming, Bauhaus Live, will take place on Saturday, September, 21 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Hear Jan Tichy’s discussion of his exhibition of Bauhäusler palm prints (Future/Past), watch the Bauhaus-inspired ballet Futura Fractals, take a tour of the Mies Campus and view The Mies Project, observe artifacts from The New Bauhaus (An American Bauhaus), and enjoy a reception with refreshments.

Future/Past: Crossing Lines

Future/Past: Crossing Lines

September 16–28, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. every day
Gallery talk, Saturday, September 21, 4 p.m.
Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel of St. Savior, 65 East 32nd Street

At the intersection of technology and spirituality, Jan Tichy’s exhibition and community exploration of palm prints created in spring 1926 in Dessau by László Moholy-Nagy and other Bauhäusler are on view in the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed Carr Chapel.

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An American Bauhaus

An American Bauhaus

September 16–28, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. every day
Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, 3137 South Federal Street

A look at ID’s early history, including László Moholy-Nagy’s founding of the New Bauhaus and highlights of student work. Coincides with the launch of our digital exhibition with Google Arts + Culture.

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Creative Activism Now: The Need for Courage in the Age of Choices

September 16, 2 p.m.
S. R. Crown Hall, 3360 South State Street

Tom Jacobs, a partner at Krueck + Sexton Architects and adjunct professor at the College of Architecture, will discuss the climate crisis as an opportunity for creative professionals to become the transformational leaders we urgently need to drive change.

Building Cooperative Futures

exploreID: Building Cooperative Futures

September 17, 6 p.m.
Urban Juncture, 5061 South Prairie Avenue

Through exploreID, students, community members, and partners explore design at ID through different lenses and projects. At ID, we activate new ways for communities to build understanding. In this event, we’ll share how we move from ideas to action.

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The Mies Project

The MIES Project

September 18–November 1, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. M–F and September 21;
Opening reception, September 25, 6 p.m.
S. R. Crown Hall, 3360 South State Street

With the legendary Leica M rangefinder camera, Arina Dähnick captures the soul of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s architecture without image manipulation. Read more about the photographer and the exhibition.

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Jenny Carney - Lucas J. Daniel Lecture in Sustainable Systems

The 2019 Lucas J. Daniel Lecture in Sustainable Systems: Jenny Carney

September 19, 6 p.m.
Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, 3137 South Federal Street

Jenny Carney, LEED AP O+M and vice president, sustainability, energy, and climate change at WSP, will lecture on “Energy Ecosystems: Reflections on Energy Management in the Natural World, and Chicago’s Clean Energy Transition.” A panel discussion with energy experts will follow.

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100 Years of Bauhaus | Unconventional Bauhaus

September 20, 5 p.m.
Expo Chicago Dialogues Stage, 600 East Grand Avenue

The Bauhaus’s foundational artists were often motivated by unconventional and radical subject matter. This panel, moderated by ID faculty member Laura Forlano (Bauhaus Futures, MIT Press), provides context into the ways in which their inspirations are reimagined in the twenty-first century. Presented in partnership with Expo Chicago.

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Mies Campus Tours

September 20–22, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Explore the world’s only Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed campus (and the only university campus to lay claim to its own power grid). Enjoy a tour of the Mies Project led by photo artist Arina Dähnick at noon and 1 p.m.

Bauhaus Ballet

Bauhaus Ballet

September 21, 5–7 p.m.
Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, 3137 South Federal Street

Enjoy a performance of the Bauhaus-inspired ballet Futura Fractals by ID students and Hedwig Dances a week after their event at Dessau, then view An American Bauhaus to learn about ID’s history, followed by a wine and cheese reception.

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African-American Architecture Trolley Tour

African-American Architecture Trolley Tour

September 22, 10–noon
Explore notable Chicago architecture designed by prominent African-American architects on a 90-minute trolley tour narrated by College of Architecture Professor Michelangelo Sabatino.

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What Was The New Bauhaus

What Was The New Bauhaus?

September 26, 6 p.m.
Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, 3137 South Federal Street

Explore ID’s history with a preview of the soon-to-be-released film The New Bauhaus.

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