Supposed to Be the New World


Ladislav Sutnar: Design and Paper No. 19 (Shape, Line and Color). New York: Marquardt & Company Fine Papers, 1945.

Ladislav Sutnar: Design and Paper No. 19 (Shape, Line and Color). New York: Marquardt & Company Fine Papers, 1945.

Supposed to Be the New World:
Bauhaus Books, Bauhaus People, Bauhaus Culture in America 1925-1955 

November 7, 2015-January 31, 2016

Curated by Randall Ross and Molly McCombs

Opening reception: November 7, 5-7 pm

Rapid technological, intellectual, social, and artistic innovations between the World Wars all contributed to the birth of a new form of communication: the Design Book.

This exhibition examines the links between printing, photography, the graphic arts, and fine arts via networks from Berlin to Chicago, and features original work by A. M. Cassandre, Jan Tschichold, László Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer, Paul Rand, and many others.

The historic collaborations between trade unionists, the avant-garde, and commercial artists are visually represented by artifacts from the era including books, periodicals, and ephemera drawn from an extensive private collection.

Free lectures:

November 7, 2015, 6:15 pm: Gallery talk by the Curators

January 13, 2016, 6:30 pm: "The Bauhaus as Model for Progressive, Integrative, and Immersive Education" by Dr. Jenifer K. Ward, Centenary's Provost and Dean