[00:00.00]Narrator: Listen to a conversation between a student and an art history professor.
[00:05.00]Student: Hi. I'm Melisa. [00:06.50]I was just a few doors down getting some help in the computer lab. [00:09.53]My electronic files won't open. [00:11.62]The technician says it's probably a computer virus. [00:14.39]She's working on it now.
[00:16.00]Professor: Yes, from what I've heard lots of campus computers have been affected. [00:19.48]What a first week! Huh?
[00:20.84]Student: I know, anyhow, I noticed your name on the door as I was walking down the hallway, thought I'd stop in and find out if you happen to have any additional copies of the class syllabus. [00:31.15]The one I received in class the other day is missing a page.
[00:34.27]Professor: Oh, sorry about that. [00:35.60]I probably have a few extra printouts on hand.
[00:38.66]Student: Great! Oh, and I noticed on the syllabus we'll be learning about and eventually writing a paper on "The Bauhaus style of art"? [00:46.50]Sounds interesting. [00:47.62]I'm looking forward to it.
[00:49.05]Professor: Right, but technically it doesn't say Bauhaus style of art. [00:53.71]It only says the Bauhaus.
[00:55.65]Student: Oh, what's the difference?
[00:58.46]Professor: Well, the Bauhaus is not really an artistic style like cubism. [01:03.32]It was the name of an art and design school in Germany in the early 20th century. [01:08.28]The Bauhaus was started as an experiment in education, and one ground-breaking technique used in its teaching was that students actively participated in workshops instead of just sitting in classes.
[01:21.81]Student: Interesting! I don't have much background in art or anything. [01:25.29]I'm an economics major and I'm taking this class as an elective, decided I wanted to broaden my awareness, try something new!
[01:32.19]Professor: Excellent! I'm really glad to hear that.
[01:34.63]Student: So, was the focus of the Bauhaus architecture, I mean, I studied German and Bauhaus translates into "house for building"...
[01:42.91]Professor: Well, the founding director was an architect. [01:45.69]However, he aimed to combine an incredibly broad variety of fine arts and crafts under one artistic roof. [01:52.69]As a matter of fact, when the Bauhaus first opened, it was without an architecture department for several years. [01:58.86]But later, it became very influential in architecture.
[02:02.15]Student: So I wasn't all wrong.
[02:03.66]Professor: You'll see on the syllabus that you are required to visit the Rutherford Museum exhibit. [02:08.24]The exhibit will help you see that there is no single Bauhaus style. [02:12.98]I think it's refreshing that this particular exhibit departs from the standard ways in which art from the Bauhaus is often presented.
[02:20.23]Student: Which are?
[02:21.16]Professor: Well, for example, by a specific artist. [02:24.11]I think it's a mistake to focus on a single Bauhaus artist and that person's individual specialty. [02:30.38]I mean, the different artists from the school created different things: fabric, sculpture, furniture, graphic design, paintings, even theatrical performances. [02:40.05]The exhibit in the Rutherford Museum unites all these specialties through connecting themes such as motion or the body.
[02:48.40]Student: Sounds fascinating! [02:49.77]Say, I've heard of something about discount nights at that museum?
[02:53.40]Professor: Weekends are full price. [02:55.04]It's typically best to go Thursday nights. [02:57.40]That's student discount night, 50% off. [03:00.17]However, next Wednesday is open to the public for free. [03:03.51]It's a special promotion. [03:04.82]So I know what I would do.