What is Bauhaus typography, and why does it matter? Take a virtual tour of Letterform Archive’s exhibition Bauhaus Typography at 100, and get up close and personal with little-known works from the collection of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Look at key pieces of graphic design and learn how (and why) they were made. Discover the ideas, the people, and the stuff that made the Bauhaus an outsized legend whose influence is still felt today.

Presented in collaboration with the Letterform Archive, San Francisco


Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton is senior curator of contemporary design, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. Her recent exhibitions include Design & Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics (2021–2022), Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus Master (2019–2020), Face Values: Understanding Artificial Intelligence (2019–2020), and The Senses: Design Beyond Vision (2018). She is the Betty Cooke and William O. Steinmetz Design Chair at MICA. Her books include Health Design Thinking, Design Is Storytelling, Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers, Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, and Graphic Design: The New Basics.



This free program will feature a lecture followed by an audience Q&A hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at CHCuratorial@si.edu.

About the Graphic Design Histories Series

Four lectures explore the history of print and digital culture, presented by Cooper Hewitt’s extraordinary community of curators and scholars. The series is presented by the Parsons School of Design/Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies.