This talk will discuss the origins and politics of photomontage in the early days of the Weimar Republic in Germany at the hands of the Berlin Dadaists. A close reading of the artist Hannah Höch’s masterpiece Cut with the Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany (1920) will explore how a modernist blending of left-wing politics, feminism, mass media, war trauma, industrialization, and relativity physics are captured and transformed by Höch’s revolutionary montage practice.
Josh Alvizu is Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Washington & Lee University. He recently completed his doctoral dissertation, Montage Practice: Militant Modernism & the German-Soviet Avant-garde, in the department of German at Yale University.
Sponsored by the German department. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, April 12 at 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Performing Arts Building, 332
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199