Artist Oskar Schlemmer came to the Bauhaus, Germany’s legendary school of art, architecture, and design, in 1920. Schlemmer, known primarily at that time as a sculptor, embraced the multidisciplinary educational philosophy of the Bauhaus and began working in media and performance. Schlemmer truly left his mark in 1922 when he designed and executed his seminal performance, the Triadic Ballet.
The dance is divided into three acts with three dancers, each themed around a different color: yellow, pink, and black. The ballet celebrated the burgeoning industrial era through its use of rigid geometric costumes and mechanical choreography. The video installation in Gallery 301 presents the 1970 restaging of the ballet that was created for German television and demonstrates the work’s longevity and continual adaptation.
The exhibition and an accompanying installation of artworks in Gallery 250 are presented in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus. The Bauhaus and its Legacy: Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet was curated by Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, Genevieve Cortinovis, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, and Eric Lutz, associate curator of prints, drawings, and photographs, with Molly Moog, research assistant, and is the latest installment in the Museum’s New Media Series.