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How László Moholy-Nagy Brought a Movement to Chicago.
How László Moholy-Nagy Brought a Movement to Chicago.
How László Moholy-Nagy Brought a Movement to Chicago.
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“László Moholy-Nagy was arguably the most versatile artist of the 20th century.”

                                                                  - Elizabeth Siegel, curator at the Art Institute of Chicago

Thank you to all our backers for helping us hit our goal! In the final few days of the campaign we’re hoping to hit a new STRETCH goal of $50,000.

The New Bauhaus Stretch
The New Bauhaus Stretch

Often referred to as the “genius of all media,” László Moholy-Nagy worked in painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, film, typography, product design and exhibition design. Our film team has unprecedented access to the artist's estate as well as the New Bauhaus and Institute of Design archives to make this film about a key Bauhaus figure and his influence on American art, design, and culture.

Hattula Moholy-Nagy with a portrait of her father and Walter Gropius.
Hattula Moholy-Nagy with a portrait of her father and Walter Gropius.

When the Nazis shut down the Bauhaus school of design in Germany, Moholy-Nagy and many of his fellow Bauhaus Masters emigrated to the United States and brought their movement with them. In Chicago, Moholy added one more item to his vast repertoire when he founded America’s most influential midcentury school of design, The New Bauhaus.

As filmmakers behind acclaimed documentaries like Unfinished Spaces, Shield and Spear and Levitated Mass, we’re excited to come together to tell a story of an artist who was ahead of his time and is increasingly relevant today.

With the recent major retrospectives at The Guggenheim Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and LACMA, Moholy is now receiving recognition he never received in his lifetime.

The Light Space Modulator – one of Moholy’s most famous sculptures.
The Light Space Modulator – one of Moholy’s most famous sculptures.

Through unique access to Moholy’s surviving daughter, Hattula, and the extensive archives of the Moholy-Nagy Foundation, our film becomes an emotional journey through this visionary’s life with never-before-seen footage.

The New Bauhaus is slated to premiere in 2019 to coincide with the global celebration of the Bauhaus’ centennial anniversary.

Over the last two years, we have filmed with subjects in Chicago, Ann Arbor, New York and Los Angeles, and conducted thorough research at archives around the globe. As we’re about to move into editing, we invite you to join our community and help support our film.

Patrick Whitney, former Dean of Institute of Design (previously known as the New Bauhaus) at 880 Lake Shore, a building designed by Mies van der Rohe.
Patrick Whitney, former Dean of Institute of Design (previously known as the New Bauhaus) at 880 Lake Shore, a building designed by Mies van der Rohe.

Who We Are

We’re a team of filmmakers with a shared background in art, architecture and design. We love telling stories of creative people who have an impact on society. Director Alysa Nahmias holds a degree in architecture and won an Independent Spirit Award for her debut feature film, Unfinished Spaces. Producer Erin Wright is the Director of Artist Initiatives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Producer and Cinematographer Petter Ringbom ran a thriving design firm before moving to filmmaking and starting the production company Opendox together with our executive producer, Marquise Stillwell.

Moholy-Nagy’s retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Moholy-Nagy’s retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago.

"It is not the person ignorant of writing but the one ignorant of photography who will be the illiterate of the future."

                                                                                                                                  -László Moholy-Nagy

Mural of Moholy-Nagy in downtown Chicago.
Mural of Moholy-Nagy in downtown Chicago.

Why Make This Film? 

The New Bauhaus is a film about art, vision, and perseverance in a tumultuous time. Through the life, philosophy and artwork of László Moholy-Nagy, we explore the idea that it is the journey that defines who we are – not the outcome. This film examines the relevance of Moholy’s art and his vision in today’s world of ubiquitous technology.

The logo for the German Bauhaus 100 initiative.
The logo for the German Bauhaus 100 initiative.

Why Now?

2019 will mark the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus. What an opportune time to examine the lasting legacy of one of the school’s most renowned masters.

Our film uses Moholy-Nagy and the evolution of his school as a lens through which we can ask questions relevant to design and art today: 

What is the role of design and culture in civic life? What is the relationship between technology and design? How does immigration fuel American culture? Can art and design change the world for the better?

Top left to bottom right by László Moholy-Nagy: AM 7 , 1926, Cover of Telehor 1, 1-2, 1936, Bauhaus Books – Vol. 1, 1925, K VII, 1922
Top left to bottom right by László Moholy-Nagy: AM 7 , 1926, Cover of Telehor 1, 1-2, 1936, Bauhaus Books – Vol. 1, 1925, K VII, 1922

 Rewards:  

The New Bauhaus Merchandise

Clockwise top left to right: Enamel pin of the film's logo, Exclusive Kickstarter poster designed for The New Bauhaus film, Tote bag featuring the original Moholy-Nagy designed logo for "The New Bauhaus Chicago", Sketchbook featuring the famous Moholy-Nagy quote "Everyone is talented.", T-shirt featuring the original Moholy designed logo for "The New Bauhaus Chicago"
Clockwise top left to right: Enamel pin of the film's logo, Exclusive Kickstarter poster designed for The New Bauhaus film, Tote bag featuring the original Moholy-Nagy designed logo for "The New Bauhaus Chicago", Sketchbook featuring the famous Moholy-Nagy quote "Everyone is talented.", T-shirt featuring the original Moholy designed logo for "The New Bauhaus Chicago"

New Bauhaus Pencil Set

Sketch your Bauhausian ideas with this set of 6 pencils with gold foil, embossed with the famous László Moholy-Nagy quote, "Everyone is talented."
Sketch your Bauhausian ideas with this set of 6 pencils with gold foil, embossed with the famous László Moholy-Nagy quote, "Everyone is talented."

Bauhaus Books

Left to right: The Third Coast by Thomas Dyja, Taken By Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971 (claimed), Future Present Catalogue, the most extensive survey to date of Moholy-Nagy's work
Left to right: The Third Coast by Thomas Dyja, Taken By Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971 (claimed), Future Present Catalogue, the most extensive survey to date of Moholy-Nagy's work
Signed copy of "Luxury and Modernism" by Robin Schuldenfrei.
Signed copy of "Luxury and Modernism" by Robin Schuldenfrei.

Moholy Media Mix

Top left to bottom right: (All claimed) 4 DVD's of films made by Moholy "The New Architecture and the London Zoo, Architects’ Congress, Ein Lichtspiel and Do Not Disturb.", a vinyl record with the only known recordings of Moholy's voice and an interview with Sibyl Moholy-Nagy and additionally online access to watch our film.
Top left to bottom right: (All claimed) 4 DVD's of films made by Moholy "The New Architecture and the London Zoo, Architects’ Congress, Ein Lichtspiel and Do Not Disturb.", a vinyl record with the only known recordings of Moholy's voice and an interview with Sibyl Moholy-Nagy and additionally online access to watch our film.

The Light Phone

The Light Phone: (All claimed) Designed by Institute of Design alumni, Kaiwei Tang and featured in The New Bauhaus, this is “your phone away from phone.”  It's a casual, secondary phone that encourages you to leave behind your smartphone and enjoy quality time doing the things you love the most, free of distraction. The original Light Phone, offered as a reward here, is intentionally limited to phone calls and nine speed dials.
The Light Phone: (All claimed) Designed by Institute of Design alumni, Kaiwei Tang and featured in The New Bauhaus, this is “your phone away from phone.” It's a casual, secondary phone that encourages you to leave behind your smartphone and enjoy quality time doing the things you love the most, free of distraction. The original Light Phone, offered as a reward here, is intentionally limited to phone calls and nine speed dials.

Jan Tichy Photograms

Jan Tichy Photograms: This is your chance to own a one-of-a-kind photogram by Chicago-based contemporary artist, Jan Tichy, created especially for our campaign. These photograms are produced using the same technique that Moholy-Nagy once mastered. Titled “Artes In Horto Photograms,” they measure 7” by 5” and are offered at just $300 per photogram. Please, specify the number of the piece you prefer when you checkout. A red dot under a photogram means that it’s no longer available.
Jan Tichy Photograms: This is your chance to own a one-of-a-kind photogram by Chicago-based contemporary artist, Jan Tichy, created especially for our campaign. These photograms are produced using the same technique that Moholy-Nagy once mastered. Titled “Artes In Horto Photograms,” they measure 7” by 5” and are offered at just $300 per photogram. Please, specify the number of the piece you prefer when you checkout. A red dot under a photogram means that it’s no longer available.
Photograms by Jan Tichy, called "Artes in Horto".
Photograms by Jan Tichy, called "Artes in Horto".

Private Viewing: Moholy Artwork at LACMA

Private viewing of Moholy artwork at LACMA. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA (Claimed)
Private viewing of Moholy artwork at LACMA. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA (Claimed)

Art Paul Illustrations

Art Paul Illustration #1: (Claimed) A signed illustration by Art Paul, the original art director of Playboy Magazine and designer of its famous rabbit logo. Paul was a student of Moholy and a graduate of the Institute of Design. The illustration was done in the late forties. It’s on aged parchment and measures approximately 16X20”. It was donated to the campaign by his wife, Suzanne Seed. Art Paul died in the spring of 2018 at the age of 93.
Art Paul Illustration #1: (Claimed) A signed illustration by Art Paul, the original art director of Playboy Magazine and designer of its famous rabbit logo. Paul was a student of Moholy and a graduate of the Institute of Design. The illustration was done in the late forties. It’s on aged parchment and measures approximately 16X20”. It was donated to the campaign by his wife, Suzanne Seed. Art Paul died in the spring of 2018 at the age of 93.
Art Paul Illustration #2: (Claimed) A signed illustration by Art Paul, the original art director of Playboy Magazine and designer of its famous rabbit logo. Paul was a graduate of the Institute of Design. The illustration was done for a children’s book in the 1950's. It’s on aged parchment and measures approximately 15X20”. It comes unframed. The illustration was donated to the campaign by his wife, Suzanne Seed. Art Paul died in the spring of 2018 at the age of 93.
Art Paul Illustration #2: (Claimed) A signed illustration by Art Paul, the original art director of Playboy Magazine and designer of its famous rabbit logo. Paul was a graduate of the Institute of Design. The illustration was done for a children’s book in the 1950's. It’s on aged parchment and measures approximately 15X20”. It comes unframed. The illustration was donated to the campaign by his wife, Suzanne Seed. Art Paul died in the spring of 2018 at the age of 93.

Barbara Crane Photograph 

An original photograph titled “Multiple Human Forms” by Barbara Crane, who is featured in The New Bauhaus. This artist proof edition is an archival inkjet print.  The original image was made for Barbara Crane’s graduate thesis at Institute of Design in 1967-68. The print is dated 2010. The photograph measures 14 1/4" x 12” and comes unframed.
An original photograph titled “Multiple Human Forms” by Barbara Crane, who is featured in The New Bauhaus. This artist proof edition is an archival inkjet print. The original image was made for Barbara Crane’s graduate thesis at Institute of Design in 1967-68. The print is dated 2010. The photograph measures 14 1/4" x 12” and comes unframed.

László Moholy-Nagy Photographs

Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #1 (Claimed, please pick another photograph below). Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #1 (Claimed, please pick another photograph below). Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #2. Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #2. Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #3. Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #3. Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #4 (Claimed, please pick another photograph below). Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #4 (Claimed, please pick another photograph below). Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #5 (Claimed, please pick another photograph below). Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #5 (Claimed, please pick another photograph below). Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #6. Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #6. Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #7. Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #7. Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #8. Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Moholy-Nagy Photograph #8. Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.

Kenneth Josephson Photograph

(Claimed). You can own this photograph by distinguished Institute of Design alumni, Kenneth Josephson, titled “Chicago, 1959.” Gelatin silver photograph. 2012 print. Signed, titled, dated, editioned '2/25' and annotated '59-2-5-4' in pencil by artist on print verso.  Image size: 13 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches  046.A2139.3.16" Copyright Kenneth Josephson. Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery.
(Claimed). You can own this photograph by distinguished Institute of Design alumni, Kenneth Josephson, titled “Chicago, 1959.” Gelatin silver photograph. 2012 print. Signed, titled, dated, editioned '2/25' and annotated '59-2-5-4' in pencil by artist on print verso. Image size: 13 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches 046.A2139.3.16" Copyright Kenneth Josephson. Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery.

 What is the Bauhaus? 

The Bauhaus building in Dessau, designed by founder Walter Gropius.
The Bauhaus building in Dessau, designed by founder Walter Gropius.

A legendary school, a global movement, a promoter of modernity, a destroyer of beauty. There are many views on this mythical German art school that existed for no more than 14 years bookended by two world wars. 

The Bauhaus’ core objective was a radical concept: to reimagine the material world to reflect the unity of all the arts: design, architecture and fine art. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius developed a craft-based curriculum that would turn out artisans and designers capable of creating both useful and beautiful objects. 

Despite its brief existence, the influence of the Bauhaus continues to the present day all over the world. One could argue that the closure of the school by the Nazis, and the scattering of former students and faculty, actually helped to spread the Bauhaus methodology and increase the influence. With Bauhaus members like Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Josef Albers, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Marcel Breuer, Herbert Bayer, Victor Vasarely and Moholy-Nagy practicing and teaching all across the globe, that’s easy to see.

Top left to bottom right by László Moholy-Nagy: : Bauhausbücher 11, 1924,  Olly and Dolly Sisters, 1925,  Photogram Mondgesicht, 1926,  Cover for Foto-Qualität Magazine, 1931,  Sailing (Hilde Horn), 1928,  GAL AB I, 1930
Top left to bottom right by László Moholy-Nagy: : Bauhausbücher 11, 1924, Olly and Dolly Sisters, 1925, Photogram Mondgesicht, 1926, Cover for Foto-Qualität Magazine, 1931, Sailing (Hilde Horn), 1928, GAL AB I, 1930

The Team

Alysa Nahmias, Director & Producer 

Alysa’s directorial debut, Unfinished Spaces, garnered an Independent Spirit Award, numerous festival prizes, and was selected for Sundance Film Forward. Her producing credits also include Unrest, Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, and Shield and Spear. Alysa is a Sundance Institute Catalyst fellow. Her work has been shown at Sundance, SxSW, the Venice Biennale, and MoMA.

Petter Ringbom, Producer & Cinematographer

Petter’s documentary The Russian Winter followed musician John Forté’s Russian odyssey after release from prison. His film Shield and Spear examined freedom of expression in South Africa. Petter’s films have screened at Tribeca, IDFA and Moscow International Film Festival. He is a principal at Opendox.

Erin Wright, Producer

Erin is a producer and Director of Artist Initiatives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She has produced films on John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Michael Heizer, Robert Irwin, Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha, James Turrell and Peter Zumthor that have been shown at Sundance, SXSW, and DOC NYC.

Miranda Yousef, Editor

Miranda Yousef, A.C.E. is a feature documentary editor with credits on films that have played Sundance, Tribeca, PBS and HBO.  Credits include Academy Award winner Morgan Neville’s Troubadours and Academy Award winner Jessica Yu’s film Misconception; Inequality for All

Marquise Stillwell, Executive Producer 

Marquise is the executive producer for Shield and Spear. He is the founder of Openbox, a design consultancy that provides talent and resources into innovative ventures. He serves on the board of the Lowline Underground Park.

Ashley Lukasik, Co-Producer 

Ashley Lukasik launched her design career at the Institute of Design executing the vision of design guru and longtime Dean, Patrick Whitney. Ashley has produced multimedia content and experiential programs for corporate and civic leaders around the world to connect design pedagogy with emerging technology and culture. She leads partnerships for Openbox design studio. 

Co-Executive Producer: Walter Nathan

Co-Producers: Grace Colby, Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown

Our Advisors

We have enlisted an impressive group of advisors with expertise on the Bauhaus and Moholy-Nagy. They are: Barry Bergdoll (curator at MoMA), Ellen Lupton (senior curator at the Cooper Hewitt), Hal Foster (professor of art history at Princeton University), Thomas Dyja (author of The Third Coast), Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee (architects at Johnston Marklee), Elizabeth Siegel (curator at The Art Institute of Chicago), and Hattula Moholy-Nagy (daughter of László and Sybil).

Notable work by Institute of Design alumni, from top left to bottom right: The Dove Soap Bar, The Light Phone, the first edition of Playboy Magazine, Chicago (88-4-214) by Kenneth Josephson, 1988, all designed by alumni of the Institute of Design, formerly known as the New Bauhaus
Notable work by Institute of Design alumni, from top left to bottom right: The Dove Soap Bar, The Light Phone, the first edition of Playboy Magazine, Chicago (88-4-214) by Kenneth Josephson, 1988, all designed by alumni of the Institute of Design, formerly known as the New Bauhaus

Where We Are With the Project

Your support goes a long way in helping us tell this story. We have shot over 20 interviews and numerous hours of vérité footage as well as images of artworks and significant architectural and design landmarks relevant to our film’s story. 

We are set to film additional  interviews and sites for our story in Chicago in October 2018. We aim to release this film in mid to late 2019. 

Your contributions on Kickstarter will go towards making the film and bringing it into the world. Please follow us on social media for updates on the film’s progress -- links to subscribe and share are below. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Foundation Support

We’re proud to have the support of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Terra Foundation of American Art and the David Schwartz Foundation. 

Risks and challenges

Every film project has risks involving production and distribution. We are experienced filmmakers with a proven track record. Our films have played at festivals and venues such as Sundance, Berlinale, HotDocs, Lincoln Center, and MoMA. We have distributed our films theatrically and on Netflix, PBS, HBO, iTunes, Amazon, and more. Depending on festival and distribution negotiations, it is possible that the timing of our release to our backers may vary, but we commit to keeping you informed along the way and doing everything we can to make sure we get the film and other perks to you as soon as possible.

We're determined to share Moholy’s story with you and we appreciate your support in helping us finish a high-quality film that will be enjoyed by viewers around the world for years to come.

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    THE FILM

    Online access to watch "The New Bauhaus" when the film is released.

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    TOTAL TOTE

    Be the envy of the studio with this practical tote, featuring the original logo for The New Bauhaus in Chicago designed by Moholy-Nagy.

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    DESIGNER T

    Show off your Bauhaus “bod” with this comfortable white fleck T-shirt, featuring the original logo for The New Bauhaus in Chicago designed by Moholy-Nagy.

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    2 PASSES TO LACMA + CURATED ART LIST

    Contribute to our production and get two free passes to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). We'll include a curated list of art from the museum's collection that inspired us in the making of the film.

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    SIGNED BOOK: THE THIRD COAST

    Author signed copy of Thomas Dyja's award-winning book "The Third Coast: When Chicago built the American Dream." A critically acclaimed history of Chicago at mid-century, featuring many of the creative personalities who shaped American culture, including: Moholy-Nagy, Mies van der Rohe, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson, Henry Darger, Studs Terkel, and more. Thomas Dyja is featured in the film.

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    MOLESKIN SKETCHBOOK + WATCH THE FILM

    Leave your mark in this New Bauhaus moleskin soft cover notebook, adorned with the famous Moholy-Nagy motto, “Everyone is talented.” Plus online access to watch the film once it's released.

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    FUTURE PRESENT CATALOGUE (SOFTCOVER)

    A softcover edition of the first major American survey of Moholy-Nagy's oeuvre in nearly a half century and the most extensive English-language book on the artist in thirty years. This catalogue offers an integrated presentation of Moholy’s production across a range of art forms including painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, film, advertising, and theater. You also get online access to watch our film when it is released.

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    POSTER + WATCH THE FILM

    An exclusive Kickstarter-only poster designed by the filmmaking team and printed on a high quality matte paper stock, plus online access to watch the film once it's released.

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    SIGNED BOOK: TAKEN BY DESIGN + THE FILM

    A copy of the exhibition catalog for "Taken by Design" signed by author-curators David Travis and Elizabeth Siegel. The book features artwork and stories by alumni of the Institute of Design (previously known as The New Bauhaus).
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    FUTURE PRESENT CATALOGUE + THE FILM

    The first major American survey of Moholy-Nagy's oeuvre in nearly a half century and the most extensive English-language book on the artist in thirty years, this catalogue offers an integrated presentation of Moholy’s production across a range of art forms including painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, film, advertising, and theater. You also get online access to watch our film when it is released.

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    SIGNED BOOK: LUXURY AND MODERNISM

    Author signed and featuring stunning color images throughout, 'Luxury and Modernism' provides a new interpretation of modern architecture and design in Germany during the heyday of the Bauhaus and the Werkbund, tracing modernism's lasting allure to its many manifestations of luxury. Robin Schuldenfrei casts the work of legendary figures such as Peter Behrens, Walter Gropius, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in an entirely different light, revealing the complexities and contradictions inherent to modernism's promotion and consumption. Robin is also featured in the film.

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    NYC PRIVATE SCREENING + PARTY

    Attend a private VIP screening and reception for "The New Bauhaus" in New York before the film is released to the public. Hear the behind-the-scenes tales and have a drink with us at this event hosted by one or more of the filmmakers. Plus, you'll receive a secret film swag item at the event!

    Note: Backer to fund their own travel & accommodations. We will do our best to coordinate the schedule, however, this perk is subject to availability and will not be replaced/reimbursed if backer cannot attend.

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    LA PRIVATE SCREENING + PARTY

    Attend a private VIP screening and reception for "The New Bauhaus" in Los Angeles before the film is released to the public. Hear the behind-the-scenes tales and have a drink with us at this event hosted by one or more of the filmmakers. Plus, you'll receive a secret film swag item at the event!

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    CHICAGO PRIVATE SCREENING + PARTY

    Attend a private VIP screening and reception for "The New Bauhaus" in Chicago before the film is released to the public. Hear the behind-the-scenes tales and have a drink with us at this event hosted by one or more of the filmmakers. Plus, you'll receive a secret film swag item at the event!

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    MOHOLY MEDIA MIX

    This ultimate media collection for the true Moholy fan includes a vinyl record with the only known recordings of his voice and an interview with Sibyl Moholy-Nagy. It comes with four DVDs with films made by Moholy: The New Architecture and the London Zoo, Architects’ Congress, Ein Lichtspiel and Do Not Disturb. Last but not least, you also get access to watch our film online once it's released.

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    CONVERSATION WITH THE FILMMAKERS

    We will schedule a call or Skype for you with at least one of our producers -- Petter Ringbom, Erin Wright, or Alysa Nahmias, for you to have your filmmaking questions answered. (We will do our best to schedule this based on your schedule and the filmmakers availability.)
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    THE LIGHT PHONE

    The Light Phone was a sold-out Kickstarter sensation, designed by Kaiwei Tang, an alum of the Institute of Design, formerly The New Bauhaus. Kaiwei and his phone are featured in our film.

    You'll get a Light Phone, plus a handwritten Light Phone manifesto. Also includes online access to watch the film when it's released. Note: Estimated delivery of the film is contingent upon completion date and release.

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    JAN TICHY PHOTOGRAMS

    This is your chance to own a one-of-a-kind photogram by Chicago-based contemporary artist, Jan Tichy. These photograms are produced using the same technique that Moholy-Nagy once mastered. Titled “Artes In Horto Photograms,” they measure 7” by 5” and are offered at just $300 per photogram. IMPORTANT: Please specify the number of the piece (as reflected in the grid) you prefer when you checkout. A red dot under a photogram means that it’s no longer available.

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    PRIVATE VIEWING: MOHOLY ARTWORK AT LACMA

    A private viewing of an original Moholy-Nagy artwork for you and a guest, with a LACMA curator. (Subject to curator and museum availability, and does not include travel/accommodations.)

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    ART PAUL ILLUSTRATION #2

    A signed illustration by Art Paul, the original art director of Playboy Magazine and designer of its famous rabbit logo. Paul was a graduate of the Institute of Design. The illustration was done for a children’s book in the 1950's. It’s on aged parchment and measures approximately 15X20”. It comes unframed. The illustration was donated to the campaign by his wife, Suzanne Seed. Art Paul died in the spring of 2018 at the age of 93.

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    ART PAUL ILLUSTRATION

    A signed illustration by Art Paul, the original art director of Playboy Magazine and designer of its famous rabbit logo. Paul was a student of Moholy and a graduate of the Institute of Design. The illustration was done in the late forties. It’s on aged parchment and measures approximately 16X20”. It was donated to the campaign by his wife, Suzanne Seed. Art Paul died in the spring of 2018 at the age of 93.

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    BARBARA CRANE PHOTOGRAPH

    An original photograph titled “Multiple Human Forms” by Barbara Crane, who is featured in The New Bauhaus. This artist proof edition is an archival inkjet print. The original image was made for Barbara Crane’s graduate thesis at Institute of Design in 1967-68. The print is dated 2010. The photograph measures 14 1/4" x 12” and comes unframed. It is valued at $3500.

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    MOHOLY-NAGY PHOTOGRAPH: #1

    Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy.

    Print #1 of eight different modern prints displayed to the left.

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    MOHOLY-NAGY PHOTOGRAPH: #2

    Donated to the campaign by the Moholy-Nagy estate, these are modern prints of 35mm Kodachrome slides made between 1937 and 1948 by László Moholy-Nagy. They measure 11 x 14 inches and come matted in 16 x 20 inch archival mats, unframed. They’re processed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. Printed by the noted photographer, Liz Deschenes for the Andrea Rosen Gallery, they’re editions of ten. The prints are embossed with the Moholy-Nagy estate stamp and signed by Hattula Moholy-Nagy. They are valued between $3000 - $5000.

    Print #2 of eight different modern prints displayed to the left. You also get a thank you in the film's end credits and online access to the film once its released. Note: Estimated delivery of the film is contingent upon completion date and release.

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    MOHOLY-NAGY PHOTOGRAPH: #3

    Print #3 of the eight different modern prints displayed to the left. See Print #2 above for a full description of the reward.

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    MOHOLY-NAGY PHOTOGRAPH: #4

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    MOHOLY-NAGY PHOTOGRAPH: #5

    Print #5 of the eight different modern prints displayed to the left. See Print #2 above for a full description of the reward.

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    MOHOLY-NAGY PHOTOGRAPH #6

    Print #6 of the eight different modern prints displayed to the left. See Print #2 above for a full description of the reward.

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    MOHOLY-NAGY PHOTOGRAPH: #7

    Print #7 of the eight different modern prints displayed to the left. See Print #2 above for a full description of the reward.

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    KENNETH JOSEPHSON PHOTOGRAPH

    Own an original photograph by Kenneth Josephson, distinguished alumnus of the Institute of Design and professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, donated by Kenneth to support our film.

    This Gelatin silver photograph, titled “Chicago 1959,” was printed in 2012. It's signed, titled, dated, editioned '2/25' and annotated '59-2-5-4' in pencil by artist on print verso. The image size is 13 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches and it comes unframed.

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    CORPORATE BACKING

    Thank you in the film’s end credits or featured logo, subject to producers' and distributors' approval.

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