LVIS

2051

Dada: Art and Anti-Art

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Dada: Art and Anti-Art

Spring 2019

Taught By: Rachel Churner

Section: A

CRN: 5527

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, Cologne, Hanover, 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. Artist and filmmaker Hans Richter’s influential book Dada: Art and Anti-Art, recently reissued in a centenary edition, will serve as a key text, as will magazines, poems and manifestos by Tristan Tzara, Hugo Ball, Kurt Schwitters, John Heartfield, Hannah Höch, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia and others.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment 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: 6:17am 6/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 11:55am - 1:35pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 262

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/13/2019