Terra Foundation-supported Events

Lecture: “Exile Modernism”

This lecture by Dr. Andrew Witt, Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, addresses the photographic work of Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid undertaken in Los Angeles in the early 1940s. Although Deren and Hammid occupy an important place in the history of avant-garde film, noted for their collaboration Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), their photographic work appears as a blind spot in the history of art and photography. In order to provide shape and context to their work, Andrew Witt considers the writing of other European artists and writers who were exiled in Los Angeles. His paper is motivated by the belief that avant-garde activity encountered in Los Angeles at this moment proposes a new problematic to think through the formation of experimental photography, community, and migration in the history of American art.

The talk will be held at the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte (IKB), Room 0.12.

For more information, please visit: http://www.kunstgeschichte.hu-berlin.de/veranstaltungen/fellow-talk-dr-andrew-witt/.