DADA Blahblah: The Lecture Series

DADA Blahblah: The Lecture Series


Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, 7:30 pm: Peter Chametzky: Take Dada Seriously, It’s Worth It

 Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, 7:30 pm: Susan Felleman: Dada Cinema: An Instrument of Ballistics (with film screenings)

 Thursday, February 25, 7:30 pm: Bradford Collins: Neo-Dada & The Dada Legacy

 Admission to lectures: Free.

For its ongoing Dada Days In Columbia programming, 701 Center for Contemporary Art this month presents three lectures, and open mic for Columbia sound poets and the poetry, stories and standup comedy of Columbia attorney and allround entertainer Bob FitzSimons. Dada Days in Columbia, celebrates the opening of the Cabaret Voltaire on February 5, 1916, and as such marks the first organized manifestation of Dada. That art movement was the impetus for and deciding influence on most contemporary art as we know it today.

701 CCA presents three lectures by University of South Carolina art historians about Dada and its legacy.

On Wednesday, February 10, 7:30 p.m., Peter Chametzky will present Take Dada Seriously, It’s Worth It, an introduction to the Dada movement. Chametzky is director of USC’s School of Visual Art and Design. His research focuses on 20th-century German art and culture. Among his publications is the 2010 book Objects as History in Twentieth-Century German Art: Beckman to Beuys

On Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 p.m., Susan Felleman will present Dada Cinema: An Instrument of Ballistics, a lecture about Dada and film, a medium that Dada artists explored widely and innovatively. As part of the lecture, Felleman will screen Dada films and clips. Also at USC’s School of Visual Arts and Design, Felleman is cross-appointed to Film and Media Studies and has the history of avant-garde film as one area of specialization. She is the author of three books, most recently Real Objects in Unreal Situations: Modern Art in Fiction Films, published in 2014.

On Thursday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., Bradford Collins will present Neo-Dada & the Dada Legacy, discussing the emergence of the Neo-Dada movement from the 1950s onward. Collins has taught art history at USC for decades. His research focuses on American art of the 1950s and 1960s. His book Pop Art was published in 2012 by Phaidon Press.

All lectures are free of charge and open to the public.

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