Bauhaus Weaving Theory

AHVA Faculty Book Talk. 4pm Peter Wall Institute.

AHVA ARTH faculty member T’ai Smith will discuss and read passages from her new book Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design (University of Minnesota Press, November 2014).

Considering the role of the Bauhaus school’s weaving workshop in debates about craft and medium, Smith reframes the Bauhaus weaving workshop as central to theoretical inquiry at the school, uncovering new significance in the work the weavers did as writers. Exploring questions of establishing value and legitimacy in the art world along with the limits of modernism, this book confronts the belief that the crafts are manual and technical but never intellectual arts.