image from Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus
This series of films, screening throughout the month of September, is geared toward students, practitioners, and those with an appreciation of art and architecture. It offers overviews of two art movements (Bauhaus and land art), personal explorations of three architects and their work (Martin Elsaesser (1884-1957), landscape architect Leberecht Migge (1881 -1935) & Luis Barragán (1902 – 1988)), and a look at the contemporary art practices of two artists (Cornell alum Jill Magid ’95 and photographer Edward Burtynsky, who specializes in large scale photography of nature transformed through industry) and one art collective (the Native American group Postcommodity). Highlights of the series include an in-person presentation of The Sun Island by film historian/filmmaker Thomas Elsaesser, the grandson of Martin Elsaesser, Chief City Architect in Frankfurt from 1925 to 1932, who designed the Frankfurt Central Market, considered a key example of Expressionist Architecture. Jill Magid will join us for a Q & A via Skype, facilitated by Renate Ferro (Art), following a screening of her feature documentary debut, The Proposal, in which she undertakes a fascinating project with the aim of making the archives of Mexico's most famous architect, Luis Barragán, available to the public. Finally, Cristóbal Martinez, a member of Postcommodity, will give a lecture on campus on September 27 as part of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIISP) Speaker Series a day after the screening of Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film. The screening of Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus is cosponsored with the Dept of Architecture. Cosponsors of Thomas Elsaesser’s visit are listed under the series Energy: Quest & Consequence.