2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

A Woman’s Place at the Bauhaus
Heidi A. Willhauck
Dr. Julia DeLancey and Dr. Sara Orel, Faculty Mentors

The Bauhaus, the famous German modernist art school which existed between the two World Wars, is known for its innovative approaches to design and education, but the Bauhaus was not as innovative in the area of coeducation. Female students and masters were not allowed to become fully integrated into the school. Society’s low regard for women’s work and education, as well as the Bauhaus’ increasing focus on industry, reduced the number of opportunities available to women at the school. The majority of them were channeled into the weaving workshop, which was deemed to be the most appropriate for women. However, a select few managed to gain entrance into other workshops such as the metalworking and furniture workshops. This presentation will analyze how the work that women produced at the Bauhaus, both in the weaving workshop and other workshops, was often a testament to their disconnected status.

Keywords: Bauhaus, women, art history, art, German

Topic(s):Art History

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 20-3
Location: OP 2210
Time: 10:15 am

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