In conjunction with our special exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard, this film series will reconstruct how Bauhäusler (students and faculty at the Bauhaus) actively engaged with moving images between 1919 and 1933. They created abstract animations, lightplays, architectural films, and short documentaries; they invited avant-garde filmmakers to present their work at the Bauhaus; they organized frequent film screenings at Bauhaus festivities; and they even made a series of material experiments with filmstrips across several Bauhaus courses and workshops.
Oriented around three crucial “film years” at the Bauhaus—1923, 1926, and 1929—each of the programs in the series includes films that were either made at the Bauhaus in this period or shown at the Bauhaus in the context of pivotal festivities: the Bauhaus Week in Weimar in 1923, the inauguration of the Bauhaus Dessau in 1926, and the famous Metal Party in 1929. Before each screening, Laura Frahm, associate professor of visual and environmental studies at Harvard, will shed light on how film became a crucial factor across the different Bauhaus workshops and will trace the often surprising experiments with film that form part of the vivid cinematic imagination at the Bauhaus. Together, the programs serve as a seismograph of the Bauhaus’s cinematic visions and provide a cross-section of Bauhäuslers’ engagement with film.
Complementary programs at the Harvard Film Archive will focus on the role of female filmmakers from the Bauhaus (on March 11) and will offer a survey of film experiments at the New Bauhaus in Chicago and beyond (on April 22). For more information, visit the Harvard Film Archive website.