Dada: Art and Anti-Art

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Dada: Art and Anti-Art

Fall 2020

Taught By: Rachel Churner

Section: A

CRN: 8708

Credits: 4

This class considers the history, theory, and practice of Dada in Europe and the United States from its emergence in 1916 through the mid-1920s. We will explore the movement’s radical reordering of aesthetic conventions through its incorporation of graphic design, installation, performance and political activism; its multifaceted connections to Expressionism, Russian Constructivism, the Bauhaus and Surrealism; and, most critically, its direct challenge to traditional notions of painting and sculpture through its use of chance operations, montage, and the readymade. The first half of the semester will be organized geographically, as we trace the movement from its beginnings in Zurich to its outposts in Berlin, Hanover, Cologne, New York and finally Paris. The second half of the semester will evaluate Dada through a series of themes, including play and politics, ephemera and posterity, and language and nonsense, with special guest speakers and student-led presentations. Artist and filmmaker Hans Richter’s influential book Dada: Art and Anti-Art will serve as a key text, as will magazines, poems and manifestos by Tristan Tzara, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Hugo Ball, Kurt Schwitters, John Heartfield, Hannah Höch, Marcel Duchamp, and others. The course fulfills major/minor requirements for Visual Studies students, Museum & Curatorial Studies minors, as well as LINA requirements for Arts students.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:47pm 1/20/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/16/2020