As the Nazis took over Germany, many displaced Bauhaus masters found refuge in the United States, including László Moholy-Nagy. In 1937, he established what many now consider America’s most influential mid-century school of design. The New Bauhaus is a documentary film exploring the artistic practice and legacy of László Moholy-Nagy, with particular focus on his time spent as founder and director of the New Bauhaus (later the School of Design and currently the IIT Institute of Design) in Chicago during the 1930s and 40s. Running 89 minutes in full, the documentary offers an illuminating portrait of a visionary teacher and thinker through archival footage plus interviews with his colleagues and contemporaneous practitioners and patrons of design, cultural historians and curators, and Moholy-Nagy’s daughter, Hattula.
In this virtual Q&A, Opendox brings together Director Alysa Nahmias, Executive Producer Marquise Stilwell of Opendox, and Curator of Photography at The Art Institute of Chicago Liz Siegel.
The New Bauhaus is available for streaming in Opendox’s Virtual Cinema Friday, June 12, through Thursday, June 18. To rent the film for viewing at home, visit The New Bauhaus website. The New Bauhaus is supported through Art Design Chicago, a Terra Foundation initiative.