Reviews & Quotes

Forbes | Travis Bean
"THE NEW BAUHAUS details the original school’s transformation into the IIT Institute of Design, which today hosts some of the top design students in the country. The film seamlessly weaves together Moholy-Nagy’s evolving artistic development and personal history with the institute’s fraught financial hiccups with the expanding Chicago landscape. In effect, THE NEW BAUHAUS becomes a film about pushing yourself to see past what is normal and discover the beauty of the space and architecture that surrounds us. Much like many filmmakers do with cities in fictional narrative form, THE NEW BAUHAUS director Alysa Nahmias allows Chicago to become a living, breathing entity that pulsates with Moholy-Nagy’s romantic outlook on the world in documentary form. By the end of the movie, you won’t just admire Moholy-Nagy—you’ll want to be just like him."

Chicago Sun Times | Bill Stamets
"Alysa Nahmias designs an aptly stylish documentary on the life, ideas and impact of Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy, who taught design in Chicago."

812FilmReviews | Robert Daniels
"[H]is name today is rarely tossed around as reverently as say Picasso or Monet. Instead, his story remains an unique and partly exposed gem of Chicago. And while his legacy extends to his students becoming exceptional teachers and creators in their own right, spreading the word and style of the New Bauhaus to newer generations in varying cities and countries, he mostly remains a ballyhooed figure known for his reach more than expansive work. Nevertheless, by Nahmias so wonderfully linking the two together: the man and the work—viewers can only hope but aspire to the creed by which Moholy-Nagy lived his life. And if you’re like me, and am fascinated by watching how highly successful figures approach their craft, if their fervent belief in their life’s vision inspires you as it does me, then The New Bauhaus can only spur you to reinvent yourself with the same dexterity used by Moholy-Nagy himself."

New York Times | Jane Margolies
"Today, when newcomers to America are often regarded as suspect, Petter Ringbom and Marquise Stillwell of Opendox, the film’s production company, seek to highlight Moholy-Nagy‘s contributions as an immigrant. He never gained the recognition of Bauhaus leaders like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, but Moholy-Nagy kept alive “the idea of unifying different disciplines,” said Mr. Ringbom, also the film’s cinematographer."