This lecture series bridges the historic roots of American modernism with the critical practices of contemporary artists and architects and is presented in conjunction with the Learning Modern exhibition at SAIC's Sullivan Galleries on view September 26, 2009–Janurary 9, 2010. These timely reappraisals of the Modern coincide with Chicago's Burnham Plan Centennial, the opening of the Art Institute's Renzo Piano Modern Wing, and the 90th anniversary of the Bauhaus in Germany—with its dream of artists, architects, and designers, working together to make a better world. This series also springs from recognition of artist-educator László Moholy-Nagy's emigration to Chicago in 1937, followed by architect Mies van der Rohe one year later, transplanting Bauhaus ideologies expunged from wartime Germany. Learning Modern speakers bring this living legacy into our own time.
This series is part of the Living Modern Chicago program, a collaboration of SAIC and the Mies van der Rohe Society/Illinois Institute of Technology, in partnership with other cultural institutions in Chicago and is sponsored in part by SAIC Department of Exhibitions, the Mies van der Rohe Society at IIT, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Getty Images and Alicia Rosauer and Robert Segal.