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Bauhaus Transfers Symposium

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 5:00pm to Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 3:30pm
Stuckeman Jury Space and Palmer Museum of Art

On the occasion of the 2019 Bauhaus Centennial, the Department of Architecture within the Stuckeman School and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Penn State will celebrate the Bauhaus achievements with the international symposium Bauhaus Transfers.

The speakers will explore the influence of Bauhaus ideas and lived practices on individuals, general and specialized (art, design, architecture) educational institutions, and societies around the world from the second half of the 20th century through today.

They will examine the many international transfers and modifications of Bauhaus aesthetics, pedagogical methods, art and design fields, political models, and social agendas in Australia, USSR/Russia, China, Mandatory Palestine/Israel, South America, and the United States, as well as return transfers to Germany.

Together, the presentations unveil the continued propagation of the Bauhaus’s core ideas in social and aesthetic environments around the world from its founding to today.

The symposium has been organized by Professors Ute Poerschke and Daniel Purdy.

The symposium is open to the public. There are no attendance fees. 

Presenter essays are published in Wolkenkuckucksheim | Cloud-Cuckoo-Land 24, no. (2019). The journal issue includes nine English and two German essays by Cathy Braasch, Liyang Ding, Eduard Führ, Philip Glahn, Nina Kazhar, Gloria Köpnick, Ronny Schüler, Nina Sołkiewicz-Kos, Rainer Stamm, Peter Stasny, Tom Steinert, Vanessa Troiano, Lynnette Widder, and Mariusz Zadworny. Printed copies (247 pages) can be ordered online.

Symposium Program

Thursday, 19 September 2019
Penn State Palmer Museum of Art

  • 5:00pm Opening remarks
  • Keynote: Elizabeth Otto, University at Buffalo: Queer Bauhaus

Friday, 20 September 2019
Stuckeman Family Building, Jury Space

  • 9:00am Opening Remarks


  • 9:30am  Ronny Schüler, Bauhaus University Weimar: Forms, Ideals, and Methods. Bauhaus Transfers to Mandatory Palestine
  • 10:00am Lynnette Widder, Columbia University: Whose Modernism? The 1953 Bauhaus Debate and the Right to Define Modern Architectures
  • 10:30am Nina Sołkiewicz-Kos, Czestochowa University of Technology: The Influence of Bauhaus Ideas on the Development of Soviet Cities between 1930 and 1980
  • 11:00am Round Table


  • 1:30pm Tom Steinert, Kassel University: Transparency
  • 2:00pm Pep Avilés, Penn State: Josep Lluís Sert, László Moholy-Nagy, and the Postwar Revival of Antoní Gaudi
  • 2:30pm Vanessa Troiano, City University of New York: Bauhaus Transference from Josef Albers to Robert Rauschenberg
  • 3:00pm Round Table 
  • 4:00pm Keynote Juan Heredia, Portland State University: Mexico and the Bauhaus. The Question of Integration

Saturday, 21 September 2019
Stuckeman Family Building, Jury Space


  • 9:00am Peter Stasny, New Design University St. Pölten: Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack and the Bauhaus in Australia
  • 9:30am Liyang Ding, Marywood University: Huang Zuoshen and the Bauhaus-Based Architectural Education at St. John's University in Shanghau 1942-1952
  • 10:00am Cathy Braasch, Penn State: Robert Reed and Josef Albers at Yale
  • 10:30am Gloria Köpnick and Rainer Stamm, Oldenburg State Museum for Art and Cultural History: Hin Bredendieck - From Aurich to Atlanta
  • 11:00am Round Table


  • 1:30pm Philip Glahn, Temple University: The Bauhaus - Lost in Transfer: Art as Work
  • 2:00pm Eduard Führ, momus|foundation: Return to Progress. Bauhaus Transfers through Theories and Histories of Architecture
  • 2:30pm Jan Logemann, University of Göttingen: Gaps and Bridges. Transnational Career of Bauhaus Artists and the Transformation of Commercial Design
  • 3:00pm Round Table
  • 3:30pm Closing Remarks

Related Programming at the Palmer Museum of Art

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 5:30pm
Lecture "Bauhaus 2019: Celebrating the Centennial," Ute Poerschke, Penn State Department of Architecture

Friday, 20 September 2019, 12:10pm
Gallery Talk "Josef Albers and Robert Rauschenberg in the Context of the Bauhaus Centennial," Vanessa Troiano, CUNY

Saturday, 12 October 2019, 11am to 4pm
Community Day "Bridging Art and Culture"

Friday, 1 November 2019, 12:10pm
Gallery Talk "Bauhaus and Beyond: Abstraction in the Twentieth Centure,"
Cathy Braasch, Penn State Department of Architecture

Saturday, 9 November 2019, 12:00pm to 3pm
Family Day "Interactions with Color"


Bauhaus Transfers promotional poster
Wolkenkuckucksheim Cloud-CucukooLand journal cover of the Bauhaus Transfers Symposium