On December 20, 2018, Aspen Historical Society opened the new exhibit “bayer & bauhaus: how design changed aspen” at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum. Presented in honor of the 100th anniversary of the German art school Bauhaus in 2019, the exhibit explores the profound influence of Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer’s work on Aspen, Colorado.

The community turned out in droves for two opening events – a member’s only reception followed by a public grand opening were attended by nearly 250 people! Guests enjoyed remarks by Curator Lisa Hancock and toured the exhibit, which features many artifacts donated by Joella and Herbert Bayer in 1975 that are on display for the first time. The exhibit and accompanying catalogue offer a unique view into Bayer’s extensive Aspen works – both fine art and commercial – which helped guide the community’s cultural and philosophic values. Sketch studies, original prints, architectural drawings, graphic design works, historical photographs, and artifacts share a glimpse into Bayer’s lasting impact on the area.

The exhibit provides historical context for the local Bauhaus 100: Aspen celebrations and is a must-see for anyone interested in Aspen’s past and present, art, design, architecture, community values, and more. Throughout the centennial celebration in 2019, special Aspen Historical Society programs and events will supplement the exhibit to tell the story of Bayer in Aspen and the Bauhaus influences. For the winter season, this includes two Time Travel Tuesday programs: Paint “Bayer” Number on Tuesday, February 5, a chance to re-create a Bayer work; and Aspen’s Characters: Conversations with Herbert Bayer & Fabi Benedict, a museum theatre character performance on Tuesday, February 12th.

Stay tuned for more offerings in summer 2019, and visit the exhibit through spring 2020 at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, located at 620 West Bleeker Street in Aspen. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm with free admission on the first Saturday of each month ($10 adult/$8 senior/free children under 18 and active military personnel). Click here (https://aspenhistory.org/) for more information about the exhibit and AHS programs.

AHS thanks the generous supporters who made this exhibit possible: Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Susan Taylor and Robert Pew, Charles Cunniffe Architects, P.C., First Western Trust, Soledad and Robert Hurst, Gail and Alec Merriam, Valley Fine Art Limited, ZG-CHICKS, and Aspen Welding