Taken by Design

Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971

Taken by Design

Kenneth Josephson
New York State, 1970
Gelatin silver print
Collection The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Ralph and Nancy Segall

July 20 - October 20, 2002

Home to photographic luminaries such as László Moholy-Nagy, Harry Callahan, and Aaron Siskind, Chicago's Institute of Design (ID) was founded in the 1930s as an outpost of Germany's Bauhaus, and — within a short time — became one of the most important schools of photography in twentieth-century America. During its history, the ID has provided training and inspiration to an impressive number of students who rank among the best fine art photographers in the country. Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937–1971, is the first museum exhibition to comprehensively examine the ID's significant contribution to the history of American photography.

This exhibition was organized by The Art Institute of Chicago and has been made possible by LaSalle Bank.