Five-Minute Tours: “The Bauhaus in Texas” at PDNB Gallery, Dallas

by Glasstire March 11, 2022

Note: the following is part of Glasstire’s series of short videos, Five-Minute Tours, for which commercial galleries, museums, nonprofits and artist-run spaces across the state of Texas send us video walk-throughs of their current exhibitions. This will continue while the coronavirus situation hinders public access to exhibitions. Let’s get your show in front of an audience.

See other Five-Minute Tours here.

The Bauhaus in Texas at PDNB Gallery, Dallas. Dates: February 19 – April 2, 2022.

Featured Artists: Carlotta Corpron, György Kepes, Ida Lansky, Barbara Maples, Beverly Wilgus and Jack Wilgus

Via the gallery:

“PDNB Gallery addresses the subject of women in abstraction in the exhibition, The Bauhaus in Texas. The theme of the show is the influence of the Bauhaus in Germany, and the New Bauhaus in Chicago. The Direct tutelage of three great artists, László Maholy-Nagy, György Kepes (featured in the PDNB show), and the Texas artist, Carlotta Corpron, influenced a whole generation of female students at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. TWU had the first studio art program in Texas.

Carlotta taught photography at Texas Woman’s University from the 1940’s – 1980’s. She and her students, Ida Lansky, Barbara Maples, Beverly Wilgus are included in PDNB’s show. Their approach is reflected in photographs by Bauhaus mentors Maholy-Nagy, Kepes who both taught briefly at the college, and Corpron.

Abstraction in these photographs is revealed through experiments with light, solarization, exposures, and photograms. This exhibition features examples of all of these. The works cover 1930 ‘s to the 1970’s.

The inclusion of these Texas artists in the expansive exhibition, Women in Abstraction, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, states the importance of not only the threads of the Bauhaus and abstraction in our state in the 1940’s and 1950’s, but also the impressive, visionary art program of a Texas woman’s college.

gallery talk with University of Texas, Dallas Professor of Art and Architectural History, Charissa Terranova,
and Artist and Texas Woman’s University Professor of Art Emerita, Susan kae Grant is schedule Saturday, March 26th at 2pm in conjunction with the exhibition.”

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