For this assignment, read Walter Gropius’ article “The Theory and Organization of the Bauhaus” in Art in Theory: 1900-2000, pgs. 309-314.
In a 2 page, double-spaced paper answer the following questions:
What are some of the criticisms Gropius launches against the traditional academies of art?What does he find problematic with the methods of art education taught at these academies, and how does the theory and curriculum of the Bauhaus aim to improve them?Gropius’ language in this and other Bauhaus manifestos (see excerpts in the Gardner textbook) has often been labeled as socialist in tone and argument. Why might one consider Gropius’ vision for the Bauhaus to be socialist in nature?As an art student, would you like to study at the Bauhaus, given what you’ve read of Gropius’ vision for the school and its curriculum? Why or why not?How do the ideas expressed by Gropius’ in his manifestos compare to your own experiences as a student studying at an art college today?
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