Fellow Talk: Dr. Andrew Witt

Date(s) - 06/02/2019
18:15 - 20:15

IKB - Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Raum 0.12
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Fellow Talk


Dr. Andrew Witt
Exile Modernism

This paper addresses the photographic work of Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid undertaken in Los Angeles in the early 1940s. Although Deren and Hammid occupy and important place in the history of avant-garde film, noted for their collaboration, Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), their photographic work appears as blind spot in the history of art and photography. In order to provide shape and context to their work, I address the writing of other European artists and writers who were exiled in Los Angeles. My paper is motivated by the belief that avant-garde activity encountered in Los Angeles proposes a new problematic to think through the formation of experimental photography, community and migration in the history of American art.