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"Kitchen Knife Montage: Hannah Höch's Feminist Modernism vs. Weimar Beer-Belly Culture"

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, 2017 at 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Performing Arts Building, 332
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Faculty & Staff, Students, General Public



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