Back to School - Bauhaus that is - At the Getty Center

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With summer ending and fall right around the corner, it's back to school time. For us graduates, this time it is to the Bauhaus School of Art and Design.

The Bauhaus was a German school of art and design whose brief yet highly influential existence rendered it a key site in the development of a new modern vision for arts education. Established in 1919 after the end of World War I, the Bauhaus sought to erode distinctions between crafts and the fine arts through a program of study centered on theory and practical experience.

Marking the 100th anniversary of the school's opening, Bauhaus Beginnings investigates the school's early commitment to spiritual expression, its innovative first-year curriculum, and its use of diverse media to introduce the work of students and masters to international audiences. The exhibition draws on the Getty Research Institute's extensive collection of Bauhaus material—including course exercises, teaching aids and notes, and rare prints, drawings, and photographs—to offer a colorful and surprising reexamination of the founding principles of this landmark institution.

Given all that the Getty Center has to offer, I recommend we take advantage of our visit and first take a guided tour of the gardens before viewing the exhibit. The timing of events is as follows:

1:00 PM - Arrive and Park at the Getty Center; Take tram to museum
1:30 PM - Meet at Bench Near the Museum's Front Entrance for 45 minute docent tour of the Central Garden
2:15 PM - Head to the Bauhaus Beginnings Exhibit
3:15 PM - Grab some refreshment at the Courtyard Cafeteria

Parking at the museum is now $ 20/car. Entering the museum is free. I suggest carpooling if possible to share the expense.

I look forward to seeing everyone, especially those who haven't made it to an event yet. Meeting new people and visiting the Getty is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.