This week, Ryan, Garreth, and Cody sit down for another installment of Design Stuff, a segment devoted to design, designers and their words and ideas. And while you may not recognize the name, you have heard the name of one of his students: Saul Bass. Kepes’ work as an artist, educator and theorist was monumental in design education and practice, and his words are helpful still today.
As a Hungarian immigrant who fled the growing fascism that swept across Europe in the late 1930s, Kepes found home at the New Bauhaus teaching under his once-studio mentor László Moholy-Nagy. His teaching following his time in Chicago serving under Moholy-Nagy gave way to teaching appointments at Brooklyn College and later MIT where he eventually created what would become known as the Center for Advanced Visual Studies. The long shadow of his life and influence are still seen today in programs across the world.
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Stream our documentary The Builder!
For a limited time, our documentary The Builder is available to stream on Vimeo! The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website.
Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!
Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe; even a few bucks can be a big help!