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As the Nazis took over Germany, many of the displaced Bauhaus masters found refuge in the United States. In 1937, László Moholy-Nagy came to Chicago to start the New Bauhaus.
The school was far from successful initially, but through its various incarnations, Moholy-Nagy and his New Bauhaus forever transformed design, photography and arts education in America and beyond.
In Chicago, The New Bauhaus evolved from its origins at the German Bauhaus into an extraordinary flowering of interdisciplinary design pedagogy premised on the notion that “the whole field of contemporary architecture and design must be based upon an indivisible unification of formerly separated and independent fields.”
The film’s narrative weaves original interviews with archival footage, voiceover, and stylized filming. The result is a new perspective view of a man who was ahead of his time and is increasingly relevant in today’s contemporary art and design discourses.
Following recent retrospectives of Moholy’s work at major museums, this film offers a more accessible and intimate, emotional journey through Moholy’s life and his work as an artist, designer, visionary, and teacher.
The New Bauhaus is a feature length documentary film currently in production. The film is slated to premiere in 2019, to coincide with the Bauhaus centennial anniversary. The New Bauhaus is produced by the production company, Opendox.
The New Bauhaus is directed by Alysa Nahmias. The film is produced by Petter Ringbom, Erin Wright and Alysa Nahmias, and executive produced by Marquise Stillwell. It’s shot by Petter Ringbom.
Alysa Nahmias / Director, Producer
Alysa Nahmias' debut feature documentary, Unfinished Spaces, garnered an Independent Spirit Award, and was selected for Sundance’s Film Forward. Nahmias’ producing credits include Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, Shield and Spear, and Unrest. Nahmias’ work has been shown the Venice Biennale, MoMA, and Los Angeles Film Festival. She was a 2013 Film Independent Fast Track Fellow.
Petter Ringbom / Producer, Cinematographer
Petter Ringbom’s debut feature documentary, The Russian Winter, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and his follow up, Shield and Spear, premiered at Toronto’s Hot Docs. Petter’s films have screened at IDFA, Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Hammer Museum, Miami Art Basel, and Moscow International Film Festival. He has been a Film Independent Fast Track Fellow, a resident at the Ingmar Bergman Estate, and a Berlinale Talent.
Erin Wright / Producer
Erin Wright is a producer and Director of Artist Initiatives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Her twenty years of experience in the art world at Sotheby’s, Lannan Foundation, Gagosian Gallery, and LACMA has culminated as a producer of projects with artists and filmmakers. She has been producing documentary films about artists and their work for almost a decade, including films on John Baldessari, Michael Heizer, Robert Irwin, Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha, James Turrell, and Peter Zumthor.
Marquise Stillwell / Executive Producer
Marquise Stillwell is the executive producer for Shield and Spear, Unspoken, and a number of short films. He is the founder of Openbox, a design consultancy that provides talent and resources into ambitious and innovative ventures. He has contributed to various programs at the Joyce Theatre, the New Museum, and MCA Denver. He currently sits on the board of the Andrew Goodman Foundation and the Lowline Underground Park.
Barry Bergdoll / Curator, Department of Architecture and Design
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Ellen Lupton / Senior Curator, Contemporary Design
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Director, Graphic Design MFA Program
Maryland Institute College of Art
Hal Foster / Professor of Art and Archaeology
Thomas Dyja / Author
The Third Coast
Sharon Johnston, FAIA, and Mark Lee / Architects & Principals
Johnston Marklee and Associates
Hattula Moholy-Nagy / Archaeologist & Daughter
Elizabeth Siegel / Curator of Photography
The Art Institute of Chicago