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Bauhaus Palimpsest: the Object of Discourse March 14-15, 2008 Harvard University Arthur M. Sackler Museum 485 Broadway, Cambridge MA Free and open to the public Conference mailer: < http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/users/rschul/Bauhaus_Palimpsest.pdf > The Bauhaus has proved an unwieldy, even unstable, historical subject, couched as an idea, crucible, and—for some—pariah. This symposium brings together scholars of art history, architecture, and design to discuss the various strategies through which the history of the Bauhaus has been told and, importantly, how so-called Bauhaus objects function—in the past or today—in light of the school’s mercurial identity. Presentations will address the practice of key Bauhaus personalities, including Paul Klee and Lyonel Feininger, and the work of the sculpture, weaving, metal, and other Bauhaus workshops. Objects produced by Bauhaus masters and students are on display in the Busch-Reisinger Museum. Friday, March 14 6 p.m., opening lecture Barry Bergdoll The Museum of Modern Art Fabrication and Authorship: New Perspectives on Making at the Bauhaus ___________ Saturday, March 15 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., conference Robin Schuldenfrei University of Illinois at Chicago and Jeffrey Saletnik University of Chicago Introductory Remarks: Provisions Session I: Agents Karen Koehler Hampshire College The Bauhaus Manifesto Postwar to Postwar: From the Street to the Wall to the Radio to the Memoir Greg Castillo University of Sydney The Soft Power of the Bauhaus: Design History as Cold War Palimpsest Frederic J. Schwartz University College London The Disappearing Bauhaus: Architecture and its Public in the Early Federal Republic 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. lunch Session II: Transference Paul Monty Paret University of Utah Picturing Sculpture: Allegories of Bauhaus Modernism Annie Bourneuf Princeton University Paul Klee's Grids and the Ends of Reading at the Bauhaus Laura Muir Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Lyonel Feininger’s Bauhaus Photographs Session III: Object Identity Maria Stavrinaki Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne The Object Vanishes: the Fate of Marcel Breuer’s Chair(s) Magdalena Droste Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus How to Sign a Chair? Bauhaus Objects between Authorship and Anonymity. T’ai Smith Maryland Institute College of Art The Identity of Design as Intellectual Property Alina Payne Harvard University Respondent This symposium has been organized by Robin Schuldenfrei (Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the University of Illinois at Chicago) and Jeffrey Saletnik (University of Chicago), with Peter Nisbet (Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University).