Lászlo Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) was a Hungarian–born painter, photographer, and typographer. From 1923–28, he was a master instructor at the Bauhaus—an interwar school of modernist art and architecture in Germany, founded by Walter Gropius. He designed many of the books, pamphlets, letterheads, and magazines there, all in the modern style of what is called “New Typography.” In 1937, he founded the New Bauhaus in Chicago, which lasted only briefly under that name, but the school’s legacy lives on to this day as part of the Illinois Institute of Technology. In the summer of 2016, Moholy-Nagy enjoyed a major retrospective of his work, “Future Present,” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The show continues this fall at the Art Institute of Chicago, and will then move to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Irina Denischenko is a PhD candidate in Slavic and comparative literature at Columbia University, where she received her M.Phil. (2013) and MA (2012) degrees. Irina is currently completing her dissertation entitled “Mikhail Bakhtin and the Twentieth-century Poetics of Language in Central and Eastern Europe,” focusing on the coevolution of artistic practices and linguistic thought in the 1920s and 1930s. Her research interests include Soviet literary theory and philosophy of language, the avant-garde in Central and Eastern Europe, and contemporary literature of the region.
Bradley Gorski is a PhD candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University, where he received his M.Phil. (2014) and MA (2012). His interests include representations of violence and disgust as ethical issues, moral authority and status, institutional effects on cultural production, and cultural consumption in the late Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia. His dissertation project explores strategies for attaining success in post-Soviet Russian literature and culture. Bradley is currently the editor of Ulbandus: The Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Review of Columbia University.