Andrew W. Mellon Regional Fellow in the Humanities
2009—2010 Forum on Connections
Asst Professor of Art History, St. Joseph's University
International Venues of Exchange: Dada Art Journals, 1916-1926
During World War I and its aftermath, a time of strict censorship, fervent nationalism, and limited travel and exhibition opportunities, the Dadaists used the journal medium to create an international network of exchange. This group of visual artists, writers, and performers, who were gathered in cities worldwide, forged a sense of membership based on diversity and distance rather than on conformity and proximity by producing and exchanging art journals. International Venues of Exchange: Dada Art Journals, 1916-1926 is a book-length analysis of the critical, if often overlooked, role of the journals. It analyzes their central role in developing the Dadaists’ bizarre and widely emulated strategies of display and examines journals from cities not typically associated with Dada. Thus this study, currently being written, broadens and deepens present perceptions of Dada, one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth century.