As part of Harvard’s programming surrounding the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, German artist Judith Raum presented her lecture, “Fabric in space, fabric out of space” at Harvard’s Fogg Museum.
Prior to the arrival of the students, I looked at the beautiful and odd fabrics laid out across the tables. Some were muted and some were vibrant and lush. I told Raum that the textiles she brought were extraordinary and that I wished I could touch them; she responded in a patient and clipped voice, “I shall touch them and everyone shall enjoy seeing that.” Due to the fragility of these unique handmade pieces, students could look but not touch – they did angle to get their faces as close as was respectfully possible.
The Bauhaus and Harvard will be on display through July 2019.