Panel Discussion: The McCormick House and the Bauhaus Dream of Pre-Fabricated Homes

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

After recent restorations of the McCormick House, one of only three single family homes in the U.S. designed by Mies van der Rohe, scholarly panelists will assemble to shed new light on its importance, linking new research to the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus—a legendary German school where Mies was the final Director. Scholars Barry Bergdoll, Robin Schuldenfrei, and Wolf Tegethoff will connect Mies van der Rohe's projects in Europe to the U.S.; the dream of prefab in the U.S. after several key German figures arrived in America (Mies, Breuer, Gropius, Wachsmann, and others); Mies van der Rohe's collaboration with urban planner Ludwig Hilberseimer; general discussions about prefab designs; and more.

All panelists have published extensive works on Mies van der Rohe. Barry Bergdoll is the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University and Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.Robin Schuldenfrei is the Katja and Nicolai Tangen Lecturer in 20th Century Modernism at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Wolf Tegethoff is the former Director of the Zentralinstitut fur Kunstgeschichte in Munich, Germany.

This program is part of the Year of German-American Friendship initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).