History of Art Research Seminar: Ruth Hemus | Dada's Women


  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 17:15 to 18:15

This seminar by guest speaker Dr Ruth Hemus is the first in the History of Art Research Seminar Series 2016 - 2017.

Ruth is Senior Lecturer in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London.

She specialises in the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century, with a particular focus on gender.

Her book Dada's Women (2009) was commended for the Gapper Prize in 2010 and widely reviewed.

Dada's Women. Reflections in the Centenary Year.

Dada’s beginnings in Zurich have been marked in this centenary year by an expansive programme of events. As well as lectures, conferences and symposia, the city has hosted scores of exhibitions, soirées, happenings, concerts, plays and recitals.

Dada’s diversity has been acknowledged in curatorial and artistic responses that point to histories and legacies in the plural. Exhibitions including Dada Afrika and Dadaglobe Reconstructed have reminded us of its geographical reach and its interest in dissolving borders.

For Obsession Dada the Cabaret Voltaire, birthplace of Dada, staged a series of early-morning tributes to one hundred and sixty five different individuals. The exhibitions Die Dada La Dada She Dada and Dada Differently, meantime, showcased work by Dada women.

This seminar paper will outline some of these contemporary events, asking to what extent women who made, wrote, displayed and proclaimed Dada have been acknowledged and fêted one hundred years after its birth.

The event is free and open to all.

This event is part of the History of Art Research Seminar Series of talks by guest speakers and colleagues. Find out more about the series.