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Shared Vision - The Second American Bauhaus
By Al Gowan
240pp 8.5x8.5

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ISBN 9781937504250

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ISBN 9781937504267

When Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, a member of the German Bauhaus, founded the Institute of Design in Chicago after World War II, a young sailor who had seen action in the Pacific enrolled. Inspired by Moholy's vision of design as a tool to change the world, Harold Cohen vowed to pursue it after Moholy's death in 1948. In the mid 1950s. Delyte Morris, the visionary and ambitious state college president in Southern Illinois, hired Cohen to do just that. Cohen's not-yet-famous friend, Buckminster Fuller, joined him in Carbondale, where their visions of a better world formed the second American Bauhaus.

John McHale, British art and design critic described the SIU Design Department saying, "Housed in a collection of post-war temporary buildings, with four geodesic domes as workshop areas, one has the feeling that the whole school could be dismantled in a few hours, flown anywhere in the world, and be operative as an education and research tool immediately." Illustrated throughout. Includes 4 page color insert.

"Al Gowan’s Shared Vision is a valuable addition to the record of the influence of the Bauhaus in post-war America. His interviews with participants bring it alive. "
-Robert Campbell, architect and Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic for the Boston Globe

"In this book Al Gowan brings to light a missing chapter in American design history. The people and events he includes were crucial to charting new directions for design in the United States and worldwide."
-Victor Margolin,
Professor Emeritus of Design History, University of Illinois, Chicago

About the Author
Al Gowan was in Harold Cohen's first class at Southern Illinois University and on the day Buckminster Fuller walked into the lights. A practicing graphic designer and writer, he taught at Indiana University, Purdue University, Boston University and is a professor emeritus of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His articles on design have appeared in PRINT and ID. He has also written articles and fiction that have appeared in Yankee and Ploughshares. Gowan is also the author of NUTS & BOLTS: A Public Design Casebook and T.J. LYONS: A Biography and Critical Essay. His has also published two novels, SANTIAGO RAG and ZAMORA'S TATTOO plus FORT MOMMA, a collection of short stories.