At Bauhaus Live, the Institute of Design Celebrates Its Bauhaus Lineage

October 16, 2019

From September 16–28, IIT Institute of Design and the College of Architecture hosted Illinois Institute of Technology’s inaugural Shapeshift design festival, demonstrating design’s crucial role as a catalyst for change in Chicago and beyond. Shapeshift celebrated 100 years of Bauhaus in 2019 and ID’s remarkable, yet largely unknown, connection to the legendary German art and design school.

Shapeshift programming was a mix of lectures, exhibitions, and entertainment. Highlights included Future/Past: Crossing Lines, Chicago artist Jan Tichy’s exhibition of palm prints created in spring 1926 in Dessau by Institute of Design founder László Moholy-Nagy and other Bauhäusler. Similarly, the MIES Project showcased German photographer Arina Dähnick’s photographs of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s architecture in Europe, New York, and Chicago.

The apex of the festival was a performance of Futura Fractals, a ballet created by ID students, Chicago contemporary dance company Hedwig Dances, and Bauhaus Dessau.