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January 5 - February 9, 2008



Carlotta Corpron  I  Ida Lansky  I  Barbara Maples

Opening Reception

Saturday, January 5, 2008

from 5 pm – 8 pm


This unique exhibition features photographs by three Texas artists that were influenced by the German Bauhaus.

Carlotta Corpron  (1901 - 1988) taught photography at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. While teaching there she was influenced by two visiting artists: Laszlo Maholy-Nagy, founder of the Institute of Design in Chicago and Gyorgy Kepes, Maholy-Nagy's assistant and professor. Both artists were members of the Bauhaus School in Germany before immigrating to the U.S during the war.

Through their experimental photography and philosophy of modernism, they brought their ideas to Texas. Carlotta then had the special influence as a teacher to convey these primary rules of light as artistic expression and design.

Two of her proteges, Barbara Maples (1912 - 1999), and Ida Lansky (1910 - 1997) successfully mastered this style of photography.

This Bauhaus-driven philosophy is exhibited through the photographs of these three Texas women. In 2006, the El Paso Museum of Art featured a stellar exhibition of photographs by the same women, curated by Christian John Gerstheimer. Some of the photographs used in that exhibition will be featured in this show at PDNB Gallery.

Carlotta Corpron's photograph archive is located at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Vintage prints by Maples and Lansky are being exhibited for the first time at PDNB Gallery.

Carlotta Corpron,

Fluid Light Design, ca. 1947