Healing the Madness
 

"If there is horror, it is for those who speak indifferently of the next war. If there is hate, it is for the hateful qualities, not nations. If there is love, it is because this alone kept me alive." - Claude Cahun
 
Lauren Greenfield
Generation Wealth
at the Annenberg Space for Photography
 
Claude Cahun, Self-Portrait in Sailor Hat, 1920.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eugene Atget, Avenue L'Observatoire, 1926.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eugene Atget, Avenue des Gobelins, 1925.

 

punctum = that which unexpectedly reaches out and pierces the viewer,
thereby giving new meaning to the image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eugene Atget, Autoportrait, 63 quai de la Tournelle, 1908.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Context
 
1889 - 1910 Pictorialism
1912 Titanic sinks
1913 Armory Show in New York
1913 - 1933 German Weimar Republic
1914 - 1918 World War I
  Over 37 million deaths
1916 - 1923 Dadaism
1917 - 1920 Russian Revolution
1922 Formation of the Soviet Union
  Fascists under Mussolini seize power in Italy
1924 - 1940s Surrealism
1926 - 1953 Stalin gains control the Soviet Union
1929 Great Depression begins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dada = a nonsensical term used to define an international artistic and literary movement of the early 20th century.  Born of the widespread disillusionment engendered by World War I, it attacked conventional standards of aesthetics and behavior and stressed absurdity and the role of the unpredictable in artistic creation.

 
 
"While the thunder of guns rolled in the distance, we sang, painted, glued and composed for all our worth. We are seeking an art that would heal mankind from the madness of the age."
- Jean Arp
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Militarism, 1924. Photomontage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut with the Kitchen Knife

Hannah Hoch, Cut with a Kitchen Knife Dada through the last
Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany
, 1919 - 1920.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut with the Kitchen Knife

Hannah Hoch organizes the photomontage into four quadrants:
  • Upper right = Anti Dada world
  • Lower right = The Great Dada World
  • Upper left = "Dada" springs from Einstein's head
  • Lower left = figure demands that the masses join Dada
Hannah Hoch, Cut with a Kitchen Knife Dada through the last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany, 1919 - 1920.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photomontage - a collage of separate photographs that is re-photographed so that the final image is converted back into a seemless photographic print

"The excess of Hell falls into the coffers of Pastor Klatt for innocent children of criminals."

 

Hanah Hoch, Dada Dance, 1922.Photomontage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claude Cahun
1893 - 1954

 

Claude Cahun, Self-portrait, c. 1928.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claude Cahun, Self-portrait, c. 1928.
Claude Cahun, Marcel Moore, c. 1928.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claude Cahun, Self-portrait, c. 1929.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claude Cahun, Self-Portrait, c. 1929.
Claude Cahun, Self-Portrai, c. 1929.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claude Cahun, Self-Portrait, c. 1929.

 

Joan Riviere's Womanliness as Masquerade, 1929

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1900 Freud publishes The Interpretation of Dreams

Proposes that dreams reveal a person's unconscious desires
    • Recognizing and understanding these desires
      can help make sense of that person
    • Supported dream analysis, free association techniques
      and psychotherapy
      as methods for delving into the unconscious mind
 
 
Mid 1920s Surrealist movement begins in Paris
  • Surrealist approaches deeply indebted to Freudian theory
  • Advocated the transformation of human perception
    through greater contact with the imagination
  • Saw irrational thought and altered states as an
    anecdote to the reason that brought the horrors of WWI
 
 
Many Ray, Kiki, 1926.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surrealists around Rene Magritte painting.  Published in La Revolution Surrealiste December 15, 1929.

 

"I do not see the woman hidden in the forest."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Psychic Apparatus
 
id = instinct and pleasure without organization, present at birth
 
ego = your practical and logical mind, reason and common sense; tries to please the id while being realistic
 
superego = your moralizing mind; works in contradiction to the id and criticizes or prohibits drives and fantasies
 
The Psychoanalytic Iceberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingres' Violin

Man Ray, Ingres' Violin, 1924.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man Ray, Tears, 1930 - 1932.
Man Ray, Noir et Blanche, 1925.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Miller
Anatomies
Man Ray, Lee Miller (Neck), 1930.
Man Ray, Anatomies, 1930.