Dada and Surrealism: Art and Politics


From the explosive poetry of Kurt Schwitters to the innovative photographic experiments of the Surrealists, this course examines the art made primarily in Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Paris, and New York between 1915 and 1945. Special emphasis will be placed on the relationships between the visual arts and literature, on the role of women in the European avant-garde, and on art as protest in the context of European culture and politics in the period spanning the two world wars. Discussion of works by Arp and Taeuber-Arp, Ball, Huelsenbeck, Schwitters, Duchamp, Breton, Aragon, Tzara, Lautreamont, Carrington, Oppenheim, Buñuel and Dali, Magritte, Tanning, Ernst, Man Ray, Bellmer, and others.