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MADWEEK 2019 Opening: Featured Speaker & Bauhaus Film Night

  • State Theatre 1307 J Street Modesto, CA, 95354 United States (map)

Founded in Dessau, Germany in 1919 by acclaimed architect Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus influenced the education, practice and theory of architecture and design worldwide, including here in Modesto.

MADWEEK 2019 OPENING: Featured Speaker & Film Night

We’re delighted to officially kick off MADWEEK 2019 at the historic State Theatre with an evening of speakers and short films celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus and the influences it had, directly and indirectly, on architecture and design in the City of Modesto.

We’ve curated an amazing line up of short films, covering a variety of themes related to architecture, fashion, graphic design, urban design, etc. Join us for an entertaining, fun, inspiring and visually stunning evening of speakers, films (and cake!) celebrating all things Bauhaus!

The evening will include:

The MADWEEK 2019 Opening Evening will include the unveiling of the second in a series of posters of Modernist buildings in Modesto, designed by local designer Eric Le to celebrate the Bauhaus style Stanislaus County Courthouse designed by Mitchell Van Bourg in 1960.

The MADWEEK 2019 Opening Evening will include the unveiling of the second in a series of posters of Modernist buildings in Modesto, designed by local designer Eric Le to celebrate the Bauhaus style Stanislaus County Courthouse designed by Mitchell Van Bourg in 1960.

  • Doors open at 6:30pm

  • Official MADWEEK 2019 Welcome & Kickoff

  • Unveiling of the second poster in the Modesto Modernism series by local designer Eric Le featuring the Bauhaus-style Stanislaus County Courthouse.

  • Featured Speaker: Sean Ragasa, Design Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in San Francisco, and lead architect for the new courthouse being constructed in Modesto who will share the concept behind the building’s modernist design.

  • MADWEEK Architecture & Design Film Night: a program of 10 inspiring and fun short films* celebrating all things architecture, design and city planning (see a sneak preview of the film program below)!

  • Afterparty and cake (in the lobby of the theatre) after the final film (and birthday cake!) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus!

The MADWEEK Architecture & Design Film Night is is FREE and open to the public! Vote for your favorite film of the evening and we’ll announce the Audience Favorite Film Award!


*SNEAK PREVIEW! SHORT FILM PROGRAM - MADWEEK Architecture & Design Film Night:

  • Film 1: Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus (2.00m) Bauhaus Spirit briefly describes the story of the Bauhaus and its influences today.

  • Film 2: It’s not you. Bad doors are everywhere. (5.31m) Doors shouldn’t need instructions – their design should guide you through just fine.

  • Film 3: Golden Belt Campus (4.40m) The transformation of a 100 year old Tobacco textile factory into a modern arts, tech and community campus.

  • Film 4: Bauhaus Bauspiel Animation (2.11m) A video created for the Kids Love Design Festival in Poland.

  • Film 5: Hidden Treasures: Reconstructing the Lost Bauhaus Typefaces (17.21m) Typographer Erik Spiekermann and design students created digital typefaces based on 1920s Bauhaus sketches.

  • Film 6: What makes a truly great logo? (4.44m) Here’s how a simple mark ends up meaning something big as a great logo.

  • Film 7: How Bauhaus Influenced Fashion (2.42m) German fashion designer Anne Gorke describes how she uses Bauhaus to inspire her work.

  • Film 8: How Futura Nearly Became the Nazi Font of Choice (4.26m) The Futura typeface could have been much more infamous had it not escaped the Nazis.

  • Film 9: How did pink become a girly color? (3.43m) Jennifer Wright explains how the color pink became associated with girls.

  • Film 10: Building Stories: Denver Union Station (4.32m) Union Station is a beacon for development in Denver’s Lower Downtown area. Building Stories returns four years after its transformation to see just how it has impacted the way people interact downtown.

Watch them all and vote for your favorite! We’ll announce the Audience Favorite Film!