In the Haus

The new exhibit Texas Bauhaus illustrates the Bauhaus philosophy, where "less is more" is the key, as seen through the photographs of three Texas women—Carlotta Corpron (1901-1988), who taught photography beginning in 1935 at Texas Woman's University in Denton, along with two of her protégés, Barbara Maples (1912-1999) and Ida Lansky (1910-1997). The collection of work shows a shared aesthetic with subtle differences in interpretation and expression. While Corpron's pieces are primarily images designed by the artist, Lansky found similar images waiting for her to capture. Maples takes it one step further by investigating the abstract with her lens and finding gorgeous, simplistic design inside objects like shadows and bubbles. The results from all three are lush and modern. This collection was acquired in 2001 by the El Paso Museum of Art with the help of a Judith Rothschild Foundation grant. Corpron's photograph archive is located at the Amon Carter Museum, but you can see Texas Bauhaus—which also features never-before-seen vintage prints by Maples and Lansky—at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, 1202 Dragon St., through February 9. Call 214-969-1852 or visit
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 5. Continues through Feb. 5, 2008

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