BiographyMeghan Forbes is the C-MAP (Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives) Fellow for Central and Eastern Europe at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU.
She holds a PhD from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Meghan has received numerous grants and fellowships in support of her work on the textual and visual iterations of the transnational Central European avant-gardes between the two World Wars, including a Fulbright Award to conduct research in Berlin, Germany in 2014-2015.
Meghan is the sole editor of the volume, International Perspectives on Publishing Platforms: Image, Object, Text (Routledge, 2019). In 2018, she co-curated the exhibition BAUHAUS↔VKhUTEMAS: Intersecting Parallels, in the MoMA Library.
Besides her academic publications, Meghan publishes regularly in venues of wider readership such as as Hyperallergic, Literary Hub, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Words Without Borders, and the Michigan Quarterly Review. Her essay, “’What I Could Lose’: The Fate of Lucia Moholy” was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Additionally, she is a translator from the Czech and Slovak.
Meghan is also the founder of the not-for-profit small press imprint harlequin creature.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Slavic Languages and Literatures, Art and Visual Culture, Periodical Studies, Material Culture, Digital Humanities
Small press publishing, poetry
Published: Feb 10, 2019 by Umeni/Art
Authors: Meghan Forbes
Subjects: Art & Visual Culture
In March 1923 Karel Teige received a letter from Bauhaus director Walter Gropius regarding the International Architecture Exhibition, a section of the first Bauhaus Exhibition in Weimar. Gropius wanted there to be strong Czech representation, and Teige aided him in this aim. This study shows that it is in this moment that an important, dialogic relationship between the Bauhaus and members of the Czech avant-garde began.