Federal Environmental Agency, Sauerbruch Hutton, 2003, Dessau, Germany

  • © Gordon Watkinson
  • Federal Environmental Agency, Sauerbruch Hutton, 2003, Dessau, Germany

“Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy — Photographs by Gordon Watkinson” is a long and fussy title for a exhibition about an art form that is anything but. The show, which includes 77 photographs by Wilkinson, opens Friday, May 24, at the Arkansas Arts Center. Wilkinson’s photographs, which capture the spare and functional architecture of the Bauhaus school founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, and other items in the exhibition — architectural plans and elevations and furniture — are paired with images of contemporary designs that are heir to Gropius’ ideas.

Friday evening, the Arts Center and StudioMain present “From the Bauhaus to Our House” on the history of the design form and its influence on today’s designs starting with talks by design experts at 5 p.m. in the lecture hall and a panel discussion at 7 p.m. There will be a break at 6 p.m. for folks to see the exhibition. Speakers (who are also the panelists) include UALR art history professor Dr. Floyd Martin; John Greer of WER Architects and the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, UALR applied design professor and artist Mia Hall and UA Fay Jones School of Architecture associate dean Dr. Ethel Goodstein-Murphree.

The legacy of Bauhaus explored in the show includes, for example, the notions of passive solar, radiant heat and prefabricated housing. There are 77 photos in the show.


The exhibition is comprised of photographs, plans and elevations, and furniture that capture the essence of Bauhaus design and its influence on architecture. By pairing Bauhaus buildings with contemporary examples by leading architects, Gordon Watkinson explores the legacy of such modern ideas as passive solar, radiant heat and prefabricating housing.