Richard Filipowski, a major figure bridging the Bauhaus and American midcentury modernism, finally gets his due! Join Hattula Moholy-Nagy, Marisa Bartolucci, Larry Weinberg, Richard Dattner, and Glenn Gissler in a lively discussion about Filipowski's life as an artist, designer, and teacher. A reception will follow the conversation. Marisa Bartolucci will sign her new book, Richard Filipowski: Art & Design Beyond the Bauhaus.
ABOUT: Richard Filipowski (1923-2008) was among the most gifted polymaths in the annals of American modernism. Whether as a painter, sculptor, or designer of furniture and jewelry, Filipowski developed a lush, abstract, and amazingly consistent visual language that marks him among the finest figures of midcentury art and design. As a student at the Institute of Design (formerly the New Bauhaus) in Chicago, he quickly became a protégé of founder László Moholy-Nagy; Filipowski was the only student Moholy-Nagy called upon to join the faculty, where he taught alongside Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. Recruited by Gropius to develop a course in design fundamentals at Harvard, which remains a cornerstone of design pedagogy to this day, he would move to MIT where he taught for more than three decades.
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