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Thursday, 4/25, 6:30pm - 8pm
Location
The General Society Library

Transitional Moments: Marcel Breuer, the W. C. Vaughan Co. and the Bauhaus In America Historian and Writer, Robert Wiesenberger  Book Signing and Reception to follow

Historian Robert Wiesenberger will discuss the recently published book, “Transitional Moments: Marcel Breuer, the W. C. Vaughan Co. and the Bauhaus In America”.  Mr. Wiesenberger provided the essay for this  important architectural publication, that provides an overview of Marcel Breuer’s work, as one of the 20th Century’s leading architects and designers. This year also marks the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, considered to be one of the most influential schools of art, architecture, and design.

In particular, Mr. Wiesenberger will describe Marcel Breuer’s “House in the Museum Garden,” a preeminent architectural exhibition of the last century, which was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art and built in their garden in 1949. Exhibited to record attendance, the house featured the updated Bauhaus prescriptions for modern living—an airy, informal combination living room / dining room and a pass-through kitchen—and was intended to inspire the future of American housing.

The project featured custom hardware produced by W. C. Vaughan in collaboration with Breuer, which included everything from lucite and ebony door knobs to cabinet fittings. Vaughan also supplied hardware for Breuer’s iconic Frank House, the Geller House, Breuer’s own houses in Massachusetts and Connecticut plus houses by Walter Gropius, Philip Johnson and other modernist masters.

The book also includes historical photographs by Ezra Stoller, catalogue entries by H. Reynolds Butler and drawings of the custom hardware produced by W.C. Vaughan, and is published by August Editions.

Robert Wiesenberger is associate curator of contemporary projects at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and a critic at the Yale School of Art. He was the 2014–16 Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow in the Busch-Reisinger Museum at the Harvard Art Museums, where his work focused on the museums’ Bauhaus collection and developing the digital resource The Bauhaus. He is co-author of Muriel Cooper (2017) and author of a forthcoming publication on Marcel Breuer. He received his Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural A­ffairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Organized by
Karin Taylor
Thursday, 4/25, 6:30pm - 8pm
Location
The General Society Library
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