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“A School for Becoming Human”: The Socialist Humanism of Irena Blühová’s Bauhaus Photographs

Bauhaus Bodies : Gender, Sexuality, and Body Culture in Modernism’s Legendary Art School

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Book Chapter

...In an interview given at the age of seventy-nine in 1983 about her studies at the Bauhaus Dessau, where she was enrolled from spring 1931 through to spring 1932, the photographer Irena Blühová (1904–91) described the Bauhaus as “a school...

Simply Child’s Play? Toys, Ideology, and the Avant-Garde in Socialist Czechoslovakia before 1968

Childhood by Design : Toys and the Material Culture of Childhood, 1700–Present

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018

Book Chapter

...This essay explores adult-designed toys in socialist Czechoslovakia during the first half of the Cold War. Around 1950 toys featured in Tvar, an official journal of industrial design, were to serve as material agents in late Stalinist...