About the Class
In 1919, architect Walter Gropius articulated a clear goal: “to create a new guild of craftsmen, without the class distinctions which raise an arrogant barrier between craftsman and artist.” In the aftermath of World War I, his Bauhaus school provided a model for the role of art and architecture in a new type of society. For a brief period before the school closed in 1933, its many famed teachers and students—Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Paul Klee, among them—dared to think outside the box, ultimately ushering in an era of forward-thinking art and architecture bound by a shared collective unity. This course will delve into the Bauhaus school and movement and explore how we are still unpacking its remarkable legacy.
The class is online-only. More about online classes.
Barnes classes will:
- Increase your understanding of art-related concepts.
- Increase the ways you think critically about art.
- Improve your ability to communicate about art.
- Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.
Walter Gropius. Bauhaus. Exterior, 1926–27. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Vanni Archive / Art Resource, New York
Palczynski is an independent art history lecturer and consultant, focusing on vanguard art after 1850. He presents talks online and globally for academic, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. His presentations have included those for Renaissance Weekend, Stanford University, the Wharton School, and United Airlines. He is an adjunct senior instructor at the Barnes and has taught at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University since 2004.
Recent Barnes Class Testimonials
“The teacher was so smart, and knowledgeable about everything: art history, architecture, interior design, and literature! What a breadth of knowledge!” Paris in the 1920s: Art, Design, Fashion, and Literature with Caterina Pierre
“The instructor was first-rate. Poised, professional yet also inviting and comforting. She set the perfect tone for this event, and her spirit opened up beautiful connections and conversations.” Being Present with Art: The Retreat with Roksana Filipowska
“The professor was highly engaging, facilitated excellent discussions, and [was] very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about teaching art history from watching her.” Matisse and Picasso with Martha Lucy
“The instructor [was] very empathetic and knowledgeable [and] created moments of sharing across students who participated actively in discussion.” Art and Literature of the Harlem Renaissance with Michael Williamson