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 America's most influential midcentury school of design, 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. The film's narrative weaves original interviews with archival footage, voiceover, and stylized filming of documents and artwork. 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 architecture discourses. The New Bauhaus is a film about art, vision, and perseverance in a tumultuous time.

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Directed by Alysa Nahmias

Featuring Hans Ulrich Obrist reading the words of Moholy-Nagy

Written by Alysa Nahmias and Miranda Yousef

Edited by Miranda Yousef

Produced by Petter Ringbom, Erin Wright, Alysa Nahmias

Executive Producers: Marquise Stillwell, Lynda Weinman, Gracy Colby

Co-Executive Producer: Walter Nathan

Co-Producers: Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, Ashley Lukasik

An Opendox production in association with
Ajna Films

2019 / 87 min

Awards & Festivals
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
NY Architecture & Design Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Salem Film Fest
Palm Springs Modernism Week
The Parrish Museum of Art
Denver Film Festival
Melbourne Design Week
Montreal Festival of Films on Art
Milan Design Week
Doral Contemporary Art Museum
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
The Contemporary Austin
Newport Beach Film Festival
London Architecture Film Festival
Barcelona Design Week

Supported by: the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and the Moholy-Nagy Foundation.

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