Digital Exhibition Catalogue | Bayer & Bauhaus: How Design Shaped Aspen
Wheeler/Stallard Museum, December 2018 – March 2020
Presented as part of the community-wide Bauhaus 100: Aspen celebrations in honor of the centenary of the German art school “Bauhaus” in 2019, this exhibit explored into the profound, but often unnoticed influence of Herbert Bayer’s work on Aspen, Colorado. Following his arrival in 1946, Bayer’s Bauhaus ethos and artistic vision began to shape the modern aesthetic and way of life in the Aspen community. He pioneered historic preservation in the area, designed a Bauhaus-inspired campus at the Aspen Institute, influenced local architecture, built innovative earthworks and helped guide the community’s cultural and philosophic values. AHS’S never-before-exhibited Bayer collection offered a unique view into his extensive works – both fine art and commercial – sharing a glimpse into Bayer’s lasting impact through preliminary sketch studies, original prints, architectural drawings, graphic design works, historical photographs, and more.
In December 2020, the catalogue was awarded second-place honors by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Interpretive Media Awards in the Book category. The annual awards “promote excellence in the delivery of natural, cultural, and historical non-personal interpretive services.” Hard copies of the award-winning catalogue are available for purchase at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum store.