Chicago’s Bauhaus Legacy-
The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is hosting a wonderful exhibition of Chicago design. The U.I.M.A. is a great place to visit, but if you can’t, the exhibition catalog is definitely worth purchasing.
We were happy to see Leonard Farb’s work included in the show. A lesser known name from the schools early days but a person we had the good fortune to meet.
Farb was getting ready to move from the modest, modernist house he had designed and told us about his housewarming party. “Bucky (Buckminster Fuller) said, I wish you had let me design a house for you”, Farb replied “I think the neighbors would put up a stink, trucking in the materials and watching a dymaxion home being built here”. “No” Fuller replied “we build it off-site and bring it in by helicopter”.
Farb was friends with most of the schools luminaries and Martha and I sat in awe as he recalled his time there. Throughout his life he was designing and creating in all mediums. We commented on a striking copper repousse sculpture on his living room wall. “That’s an exhaust hood from an oven, somebody threw it away and I thought I could do something with it”.
Below are curtains Farb designed and made. Showing the coach house he and his wife lived in while attending school and their profiles.
One of a series of thin line tables he designed and made as a student project.
One of a series of brass sculptures.