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Posted By Administration, Sunday, November 25, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

The Bauhaus connection with Texas

Exhibition Dates: January 5, 2013

Gallery Talk with Jack & Beverly Wilgus
Thursday, December 6, 2012 6-8pm

About the Gallery Talk:

Jack and Beverly Wilgus both have strong backgrounds in
photography education and the history of the German Bauhaus.

They will discuss the photographic program at the Bauhaus and its influence on their personal work and teaching philosophy.

About the Exhibition:


When the Bauhaus in Germany closed in 1933 two of their leading figures, László Moholy-Nagy and his assistant, György Kepes, found new homes in, of all places, Denton, Texas. Their mark on the culture of Denton is noted in the current show at PDNB Gallery. Moholy-Nagy and Kepes took up where they had left off- teaching. Both held visiting artists positions in the early to mid 1940's in Denton.

With an emphasis on light, the quality of materials, and economy of form, line, and design the pair made a lasting impression. For Bauhaus photography, and certainly for this exhibition, it is the quality of light that resonates with the most power in the works of pupils like Carlotta Corpron, Ida Lansky and Barbara Maples.

Through Ms. Corpron, who had studied under Moholy-Nagy, Lansky and Maples learned and adopted the Bauhaus principles into their work. These and other students of the movement are included in the exhibition. On the whole the show transports us to a time when Bauhaus ruled. Many of the qualities seen and celebrated in Chicago's Institute of Design can be found here in the works of Texans. Works are playful and surreal, highly contrasted, strongly balanced, and graphically satisfying. There is an inherent rhythm and reason to works, even when fluid or chaotic an underlying structure seems to hold things in place.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit PDNB Gallery

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