It's an art form that came out of the chaos of World War One, when times were desperate, yet the art world was still celebrating still lifes, landscapes and nudes. In protest, artists began rebelling with politically aware ironic work, making bold, sometimes vicious points with their art. Times have changed, and Dada resurfaces periodically, like in the exhibition at the Pump House in Hartford.
Our rock-star panel of artists and art critics will include Andrei Codrescu, Jonathon Keats, Jeff Poole, and artists Clinton Deckert and Nancy Wynn, to explore what Dada meant to the world when it first surfaced, and what its purpose is now in visual, sonic, and written mediums.
From the Hartford Dada show's Facebook invitation:
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 5pm - 9pm
Exhibition Run: Sept. 26 - Nov. 1, 2013
Gallery Hours: Mon.-Thur. 11am - 2pm
Pump House Gallery
60 Elm St. (Bushnell Park)
- Talking Heads “I Zimbra”
- Christian Bök performs the Dada sound-poetry behind the Talking Heads
- The Knights Who Say Nee
- Hugo Ball's "Karawane" performed by Marie Osmond
- The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara & Lenin Play Chess
- The latest project by Jonathon Keats
- John Cage's 4'33"
- Andrei Codrescu - author of “"The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess"
- Jonathon Keats - experimental philosopher, artist, and art critic
- Jeff Poole - Connecticut artist, and curator of the Hartford Dada Art Show, which opens this Thursday the 26th at the Pump House Art Gallery in Bushnell Park
- Clinton Deckert - Southington-based artist and roaming curator
- Nancy Wynn - Glastonbury-based artist, and curator at the Claire Gallery in Downtown Hartford, as well as a Visual Arts Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University