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Aspen Celebrates the Bauhaus Centennial in 2019

Exhibits, talks, and special events will take place all year long, including the one-and-only Bauhaus Ball.

By Cindy Hirschfeld November 26, 2018 Published in the Holiday 2018 issue of Aspen Sojourner

Numerous arts groups, community organizations, and businesses will host commemorative events throughout 2019, including special exhibits, performances, parties, and discussions. Here's what’s on the list so far. For details, visit


3-D printing programs
Jan 4, Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3, June 7

Pitkin County Library’s Maker Space
Explore Bauhaus concepts and turn them into real objects from the library’s 3-D printer.

Community Read
Pitkin County Library
Readings will cover Bauhaus literature, with a discussion of them in April. 

Bauhaus Evenings
Jan 9, Feb 12 (see Time Travel Tuesdays entry), Mar 12 (at The Temporary in Basalt), Apr 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug 13

Limelight Aspen Hotel
A collab with the Aspen Skiing Company and the Limelight Hotel, these informal discussions will focus on various Bauhaus-related subjects.

Bauhaus-Aspen Modern Walking Tour
Aspen Historical Society
Being developed right now by the Historical Society, the tour will cover Bauhaus and Bauhaus-influenced houses and buildings in the West End.

Special Dates

Dec 20
Bauhaus Throw Collection Launch Party
Maker + Place, 6–9 p.m.
Hangai Mountain Textiles introduces its new line of Bauhaus-inspired cashmere and camel-hair throws, and Maker + Place co-owner Michaela Carpenter discusses the Bauhaus weaving studio and women who studied at the school.

Jan 10–13
Aspen’s annual celebration of winter, which includes Anderson Ranch’s Wintersculpt snow-carving competition, appropriately takes on an overall Bauhaus theme this winter. The weekend’s slogan: “Aspen, Original by Design.” 

Feb 5
Time Travel Tuesdays—Paint “Bayer” Number
Wheeler Opera House Lobby Bar, 5:30–7 p.m.
The Aspen Historical Society’s annual presentation series launches with this hands-on workshop that allows anyone to re-create one of Herbert Bayer’s iconic paintings. No artistic experience required. $10

Feb 12
Time Travel Tuesdays—Aspen’s Characters: Conversations with Herbert Bayer and Fabi Benedict
Wheeler Opera House Lobby Bar, 5:30–7 p.m.
Performers Mike Monroney and Jane Click channel Bayer and Benedict (who were siblings-in-law) in an informative and entertaining historical reenactment. $10 

Bauhaus Art Exhibit
Colorado Mountain College, Aspen Campus
Select student art projects and pieces will be displayed. 

June 5–July 18
Great Ideas of Bauhaus: Print Exhibit
Red Brick Center for the Arts
Drawing inspiration from the Great Ideas of Western Man advertising campaign for Walter Paepcke’s Container Corp of America, participating artists will create a limited-edition print based on a quote that reflects Bauhaus philosophy. Opening reception: June 5, 5–7 p.m.

June 6
Bauhaus Ball
Wheeler Opera House, 6–10 p.m.
Come celebrate one and all at this family-friendly gala that honors the Bauhaus legacy of throwing dozens of costume parties. The evening will include—of course—a costume contest, displays of Bauhaus history, Bauhaus-inspired artwork from local students, films, a performance from Theatre Aspen, and more. And it’s free!

June 6–14
Bauhaus to Your House
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Carbondale-based artist Brad Reed Nelson leads this furniture-making workshop based on Bauhaus design principles. $1,120 

June 6–July 5
R2 Gallery at the Launchpad, Carbondale
Artists Dick Carter (Herbert Bayer’s studio assistant in Aspen), Dave Durrance, and Brad Reed Nelson show Bauhaus-influenced work, along with a Nelson-curated selection of academic furniture makers with a connection to the Roaring Fork Valley. Opening reception: June 7, 5:30–8 p.m.

July 15–19
Teen Bauhaus Design Challenge
Aspen Art Museum
Architect Heike Hanada (see July 17) will lead this workshop in which young creators will collaborate to design a community-serving piece. $300

July 17
Architecture Lecture
Aspen Art Museum, 5–6 p.m.
This has the makings of an insightful hour as German architect Heike Hanada, who designed the new Bauhaus museum in Weimar, discusses her work.

Aug 4–7
SOF Bauhaus Program
The Aspen Institute
This three-day symposium for Society of Fellows members is an immersive dive into all things Bauhaus, with panels and discussions including leading scholars.

Aug 8–Sept 6
Bauhaus Textile and Graphic Art Exhibit
R2 Gallery at the Launchpad, Carbondale
Carbondale artists Andrew Roberts Gray and Cate Tallmadge explore the integration of technology and art, among other Bauhaus concepts, in these works on display.

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