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Bauhaus Theater of Human Dolls

Juliet Koss
The Art Bulletin
Vol. 85, No. 4 (Dec., 2003), pp. 724-745
Published by: College Art Association
DOI: 10.2307/3177367
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3177367
Page Count: 22
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Bauhaus Theater of Human Dolls
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Abstract

Bauhaus experiments in stage and theater design took place both on and off the premises, frequently in the context of costume parties and other festivities. Such efforts re-created the human body-literally and symbolically, onstage and off-in the shape of the doll, a creature embodying both empathy and estrangement and flourishing in the realm of photography. Anonymous and androgynous, Bauhaus dolls engaged with abstraction both individually and in groups; they blurred distinctions between performers and spectators and increasingly exemplified the bond between gender and mass culture to provide models of subjectivity and spectatorship for the Weimar Republic.

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