in pre production
a documentary exploring the genius of herbert bayer.
Kickstarter begins 07.14.22
Austrian-born, Colorado artist Herbert Bayer (1900-1984) had a profound influence on our world. Bayer studied and taught at the Bauhaus before emigrating from Germany to the United States in 1938. His work in graphic design, typography, architecture, sculpture, earthworks, textiles, photomontage, exhibition design, sculpture, and painting, is considered by many scholars to be the exemplar of Bauhaus ideas.
Though his work is less known than some of his peers, his ideas influenced designers around the world. The documentary will use Bayer’s concepts of visual communication to explain his work and career.
To give the film a unique and engaging visual style, we have developed a novel combination of lighting, projection, motion control, and paper-based effects rather than relying on computer-based effects and graphics.
Thanks to RedLine Studios and ArtPark, Denver, we have a space to create and film the analog graphic and effect elements and paper folding sequences critical to this story. Paper folding was....(need Koko to weigh in)
In Aspen, Colorado, at the campus of the Aspen Institute, Bayer created the fullest expression of the Bauhaus movement in America where he worked to shape the artistic and programmatic vision of the Aspen Institute between 1949 and 1975. The highly anticipated Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies opens at the Institute campus on June 24, 2022.
This is the perfect time to launch our Kickstarter, while Bayer is enjoying some much-deserved attention...
Aspen Film is a wonderful partner on this project, helping bring the story of Herbert Bayer to life. Aspen Film's mission is to enlighten, enrich, educate, and entertain through film. Aspen Film stimulates thought, encourages dialogue, and broadens our understanding of our world and selves through the diverse spectrum of ideas presented by filmmakers worldwide.
RiNo Art District in Denver has provided funding for this Kickstarter film trailer.
Redline Contemporary Art Center, Denver, and Louise Martorano, Executive Director, provided studio and film production space and served as an advisor to the film.
Videographer, Chris Bagley....With an eye on culture’s periphery, artist, and filmmaker. Appreciation for “Wesley Willis’s Joyrides”, a 2008 documentary film about the revered Chicago cult musician and street artist, won co-director Bagley the Chicago International Film Festival’s prestigious Gold Hugo.
Editor, Kim Shively....Kim Shively is a filmmaker whose projects are largely interested in exploring representations of landscape, nature, and mortality in popular culture. She has worked on a wide array of documentary and commercial projects. A selection of her clients include; The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Redline Contemporary Arts Center, Human Rights Campaign, Fentress Architects, M12 Studio, Exhibit A Pictures, The Gill Foundation, and The Clyfford Still Museum.
Gerald Horner, Producer, former Deputy Director of Kirkland Museum in Denver, developed a deep respect for the creative process of artists and believes deeply in the need to document the stories of those who made a difference in our world. Kirkland Museum holds a substantial collection of Bayer's work.
Aspen, CO, June 09, 2022 – The Aspen Institute announces the grand opening and inaugural exhibition of the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies that will formally open on Sunday, June 26, during the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Located on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen--and established through a major gift from Lynda and Stewart Resnick, co-owners of The Wonderful Company—Colorado, the Bayer Center will commemorate and contextualize the legacy of Herbert Bayer (1900-1985), a leading artist and designer of the twentieth century who studied and taught at the Bauhaus before emigrating from Germany to the United States in 1938. Upon relocating to Aspen in 1946, Bayer supported Aspen's postwar revitalization, shaped the Aspen Institute’s early artistic and programmatic vision, and
designed the organization’s historic campus.
“The Aspen Meadows campus has served as an inspiring setting for the Aspen Institute’s programs for more than 70 years.” said Dan Porterfield, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. “Catalyzed by Lynda Resnick’s vision and generosity,
the Bayer Center provides a museum-quality space for the Institute to explore and highlight Bayer’s creative process, while providing a platform for understanding how art and creativity are critical components of a free, just, and equitable society.”
“Herbert Bayer’s work and legacy, and his tremendous impact on Aspen, will no longer go underappreciated,” said Lynda Resnick. “To see his many artistic accomplishments recognized in this beautiful, world-class Center is a special moment. It’s wonderful that Bayer’s influence will be accessed by new audiences and celebrated for years to come.”
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A documentary on Austrian American Artist Herbert Bayer whose 60+ year career touched almost every discipline of art including: painting, architecture, exhibition design, sculpture, graphic design, photomontage, textiles, interior design, earthworks and font design.
While a student and then a Master at the bauhaus he created iconic fonts and graphics designs associated with the landmark german art school of the 1920 and early 30’s. He and his fellow Bauhaus masters Walter Gropius, Josef Albers, Marcel Breuer, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy and Mies van der Rhoe all had a massive impact on 20th century art, architecture and education.
In the early 30’s he left the bauhaus and became one of Europe's leading graphic and exhibition designers working as art director for German Vogue and Die Nu Line. During this same period he created groundbreaking surrealist photomontages including “The Lonely Metropolitan and Self Portrait
In the late 1930’s he was black listed and left Berlin and brought his modernist ideas about graphic and exhibition design to New York. His first task was to design the landmark bauhaus show at the MOMA. He also created designs for numerous US publications including Fortune and Bazaar.
Despite his success in New York, he hated living cities so in 1946 he jumped at the opportunity to help transform a nearly abandoned mining town into the ski destination of Aspen Colorado. He would be responsible for all the branding and design as well as the renovation of the town.
An avid hiker and skier he loved living high i n the Rockies, despite the fact that his absence from the urban art scene hampered his career.
In the 50’s he pioneered the field of corporate branding and created the World’s first info-graphics in his landmark “World Geographic Atlas”. He helped found the Aspen Institute and designed its campus. In 1955 he created the World's first Eartwork, “Grass Mound”
Throughout his career he painted constantly, creating an amazing body of work ranging from surealism to geometric abstraction.
Featured interviews include: Jonathan Bayer (son of HB), Britt Bayer (daughter i n l aw of HB), Paul Hobson (HB Studio assistant), Dick Carter (HB Studio assistant),
Bernard Jazzer (noted Bayer scholar and curator) an Linda Resnick (Founder of the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies)
RiNo Letter bits
We need help getting an important RiNo based project off the ground. We are working on a documentary, titled head+heart+hand, that explores the ground-breaking work of Austrian-born, Colorado artist Herbert Bayer (1900-1984). His work in graphic design, typography, exhibition design, sculpture, and painting has had a profound influence on our World. Bayer is considered by many scholars to be the exemplar of Bauhaus ideas.
My work is deeply influenced by the Bauhaus principles my grandfather lived by.
This past year, the project documentary gained momentum when Gerald Horner joined the team as a producer. The Colorado Film Commission pledged to giving us a 20% credit if we spend 100k or more in Colorado. Next the Aspen Film Festival came aboard as our fiscal sponsor.
The most amazing development has been the opening of the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer studies at the Aspen Institute, a world-class institution dedicated to displaying his work and educating people about it.
The documentary uses Bayer’s concepts of Visual Communication to explain his work and career. To give it a unique and engaging visual style, cinematographer/artist Chris Bagley and I are developing a novel combination of lighting, projection, motion control and paper based effects rather than relying on computer based effects and graphics
World renowned origami artist and expert on Bauhaus pedagogy Eric Gjerde will be helping us explain the Bauhaus using paper folding techniques developed at the landmark art school that Herbert attended first as a student and then as a Bauhaus Master.