Design Education at the Institute of Design

Roundtable Discussion

August 10, 2013, 11am to 12:30pm

The UIMA and Bauhaus Chicago Committee are pleased to present a roundtable discussion “Design Education at the Institute of Design” at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.

Featured are five educators who studied at the Institute of Design from 1946 into the early 1950s. The focus of panelist discussion will be Moholy-Nagy’s principles of education, and the ways in which their own studies shaped their lives of teaching, art and design. The distinguished participants are moderator Harold L. Cohen (Buffalo NY), Morris Barazani (Chicago IL), Martin Hurtig (Evanston IL), Charles Reynolds (Lafayette IN), and R. Thomas Schorer (Los Angeles CA).

Harold L. Cohen, taught for seven years at the Institute of Design before becoming Design Department Chair at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. He then became Education Director at the Institute for Behavioral Research (IBR), Silver Spring, Maryland and was President of IBR’s Experimental College. He later served for sixteen years on the faculty and as Dean of the Department of Architecture & Design, State University of New York in Buffalo.

Morris Barazani founded the Art Department at DePaul University, Chicago. He also taught at the Art & Design Department, University of Illinois, Chicago, for over 30 years, serving for five years as director.

Martin Hurtig taught at the Institute of Design following his studies, then taught at Michigan State University for several years. He returned to Chicago in 1962, teaching in the Art & Design Department, University of Illinois, Chicago, where he remained for over 35 years and serving for six years as director.Charles Reynolds joined the faculty of the Department of Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, in 1978, where he taught for 20 years.

R. Thomas Schorer is a faculty member at the Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where he has been teaching since 2003. He was previously a faculty member for more than 20 years at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.

Please come join us for a lively discussion. Admission is free.

Photos from the event

Illustration image:
Institute of Design sign on the 632 N. Dearborn Street building
Photograph & red overlay by Richard Nickel
From the cover of Richard Nickel’s school scrapbook
Private Collection