Film Focuses on the New Bauhaus

Exterior of The New Bauhaus School of Design in Chicago, 1938.

The Parrish Art Museum will present an outdoor screening of “The New Bauhaus” (2019, 85 minutes, Director/Producer Alysa Nahmias), a documentary that illuminates the artist László Moholy-Nagy’s founding of the Chicago art institution that championed modern design, on Friday, September 25.

At 6:30 p.m., András Szántó will moderate a conversation with the film’s producers, followed by the screening at 7:15 p.m. Admission for onsite guests is $20 (general public) and $10 (Parrish members) which includes the live-stream talk and film screening. Those tuning in remotely may watch the conversation online at no charge and may purchase tickets to stream the film online for $12 (general public), or $10 (Parrish members).

“Moholy-Nagy’s story as a visionary immigrant who was ahead of his time is relevant to the times we live in today, as is the evolution of the Bauhaus during the industrial revolution, which runs parallel to today’s digital revolution,” said Corinne Erni, the Parrish’s senior curator of ArtsReach and special projects. In 1937, László Moholy-Nagy went to Chicago to start the New Bauhaus — an art institute that aimed to pioneer the development and dissemination of modern design. The artist, who believed that design was “not a profession but an attitude,” brought together art and design students — something unheard of at the time — and challenged them to look at the world differently.

The film’s narrative weaves original interviews with archival footage, voiceover, and stylized filming featuring Hans-Ulrich Obrist. The result is a new perspective view of a man who was ahead of his time and is increasingly relevant in today’s contemporary art and design discourses. Following recent retrospectives of Moholy-Nagy’s work at major museums, this film offers a more accessible and intimate, emotional journey through his life and his work as an artist, designer, visionary and teacher.

In the live stream conversation before the film, Szántó (author/cultural strategist/and Art Basel Conversations host) will moderate a panel with the film’s executive producer, Marquise Stillwell, producer/cinematographer/designer/animator Petter Ringbom, and co-producer Ashley Lukasik.

The Parrish Art Museum is at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill.