Degenerate Art and The State Part II: Notes of Discord
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October 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 28, 2018
Duration: 8-week course on Wednesdays 6-8pm, from October 3 to November 28.
Content: It is not our fellow artist who is the enemy, but those who have made art the booty of exploitation, and who use it as a deodorant for war and fascism. —Arnold Blanch, First American Artists Congress, 1936
Art can become an alternative form of revolt that both deepens our consciousness and inspires resistance. This 8-week survey will be an exploration of selected pieces of music, visual art, and includes the screening of two exemplary, radical films: Soleil O (dir. Mel Hondo, France/Mauritania, 1967), a scathing attack on colonialism and capitalism; and Council of the Gods, (dir. Kurt Maetzig, East Germany, 1950) a fictional film linking Monsanto, Rockefeller, and Hitler.
Music selections will include works by John Coltrane (1926-1967), American jazz saxophonist, composer, and civil rights activist; Charles Haden (1938-2014) of the Charlie Haden Music Liberation Orchestra, American jazz bassist and composer, also engaged in anti-war and anti-imperialist movements; and Frederic Rzewski (1938- ), American composer and pianist, engaged in anti-prison-industrial complex activity, as well as being an anti-fascist agitator. Some of the visual art we will consider will be by the German muralist Werner Tuebke (1929-2004), including Peasant Wars panorama; Josep Renau (1907-1982) Spanish Civil War Communist, creator of photomontages of great power and beauty; and Edward Keinholz (1927-1994), American anti-imperialist, anti-U.S. sculptor from the 1960s.
Jack ShneidmanJack Shneidman earned a BFA from SUNY Purchase, and an MA from the City College of New York in music composition and jazz performance, respectively. He is the author of the instructional book, 1001 Jazz Licks published by the Cherry Lane Music Company (2000). … Read More ›
Jeramy TurnerJeramy Turner’s primary concern for many years has been the appropriation of visual art and film for the purpose of countering ruling class hegemony. From 1975 -1992, she directed alternative movie theaters in Chicago and Minneapolis, and edited the cinema journal, “Shattering Screen.” In 1986 she taught herself … Read More ›