Deutsches Haus at NYU presents an evening with the artist Regina Baumhauer and the author Jonathan Santlofer, in which Regina Baumhauer will present and discuss part 1 of her new project, “EdUcation 4 futUrE. Democracy=COLORFUL.” Part 2 of her project will be represented via Jonathan Santlofer’s presentation of his latest book, The Widower’s Notebook.
“EdUcation 4 futUrE. Democracy=COLORFUL,” the latest bilateral project of the German-American artist Regina Baumhauer, takes place in May in three German cities (Schwäbisch Gmünd, Aalen, and Heidenheim, all located in the state of Baden-Württemberg) and also in New York.* Regina Baumhauer’s project consists of two parts. Part 1 of the project, “The Library of the Blind,” is a manual for the leaders of the world who see the problems but do not seem to see the solutions. “The Library of the Blind” contains pictograms of the UN’s 17 sustainable goals for a better world, which the artist has assimilated into her own work by using her own vocabulary and syntax. The pages of “The Library of the Blind” were created in soft wax and then transformed into strong cast reliefs in bronze with a dark patina. They are meant to be touched like Braille is by the blind. Part 2 of Regina Baumhauer’s project, “Democracy=COLORFUL,” consists of 17 different project components. The color comes into play via the colorful ideas of many different people.
Regina Baumhauer was born in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. Following a scholarship year at Boston University (1986/87), Regina Baumhauer graduated from The Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart (1988) where she was granted The Aufbaustudium for Painting (1988/90). Regina Baumhauer completed 12 permanent installations for art in architecture and building projects in Germany, has received international grants and awards, such as the Innovationsfonds Baden-Württemberg, the Dietenberger Mahringer Stiftung, Kunst für Brüssel Prize, and the Patricia Highsmith-Plangman Residency. Her works are included in many prestigious public and corporate collections, such as the Busch-Reisinger Museum / Harvard University, S. and W. Kramarsky Collection, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Innovationsfonds Baden-Württemberg, and the Sammlung Adams. Four of her publications are dedicated to "The Open Letter Series": Open Letters, 2006 (Edition SüdWest); Open Letter, 2012 (exhibition catalogue); Little Miss Liberty Crossing the Delaware, 2016 (Museum im Prediger, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany); and “Die Weisse Rose - IN MEMORIAM PRESENTE, 1942/43-2017/18,” 2017 (exhibition catalogue). Her latest project is “EdUcation 4 futUrE. Demokratie ist BUNT.” Regina Baumhauer has made a name for herself with exhibits in museums and galleries in Germany and the United States since the mid-1980s.
Jonathan Santlofer has been engaged in art and writing for much of his life. His artwork has been exhibited in well over 100 one-person and group exhibitions worldwide, and written about extensively. Along with his visual art, he has published a memoir, six novels (several illustrated), and many short stories. He has been the editor of many noteworthy anthologies and has published articles on such topics as: word and image, men and grief, the universality of loss, and the ways in which we move forward through creative acts. His recent memoir, The Widower’s Notebook (illustrated by the author) explores, among other things, the relationship between creativity and grief. Jonathan Santlofer is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, the Vermont Studio Center, and serves on the board of Yaddo, the oldest arts community in the U.S. He is currently writing a second memoir The Masculinity Mask, which explores men and grief, widows and widowers, gender straightjackets and cultural stereotypes in the form of story and memoir.
*“EdUcation 4 futUrE. Democracy=COLORFUL” event dates and locations:
May 5: Museum im Prediger in Schwäbisch Gmünd/BW, Germany
May 9: Rathaus der Stadt Aalen/BW, Germany
May 16: Kunstmuseum der Stadt Heidenheim/BW, Germany
May 20: Deutsches Haus at NYU
June 3: Deutsches Haus at NYU
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Regina Baumhauer. “Blindenbibliothek” (“Library for the Blind”). First and second cast reliefs in bronze (with patina). “Augenbewegungsreizmuster” (“Eye Movement Stimulus Patterns”). Each relief approximately 36 cm x 20cm.