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Exhibition-Related in March 2016

Käthe Kollwitz Gallery Talk by Katy Schneider

  • Friday, March 4, 2016
  • Museum | Meet in Lobby
  • 12:15–12:45 PM
  • Painter Katy Schneider discusses her view of Käthe Kollwitz’s work.   

Film: "Kuhle Wampe or Who Owns The World?"

  • Friday, March 11, 2016
  • Graham Auditorium
  • 7 PM
  • 69 min, GDR, 1932, German with English subtitles

    Director: Slatan Dudo

    In this avant-garde masterpiece, filmmaker Slatan Dudo (1903-63) brings together writer Bertolt Brecht and cameraman Gunther Krampf (Nosferatu) to tell the story of a working-class family in Berlin in the early 1930s. The film depicts Berlin during artist Käthe Kollwitz's lifetime. Kollwitz lived in the working-class district Prenzlauer Berg where her husband had his medical clinic. The film was censored in 1932 for portraying left-wing youth culture. Introduced by Dr. Skyler Arndt-Briggs, Executive Director, DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst.  “One of the best films of the century.” Village Voice, Film Critics Poll, 1999

Käthe Kollwitz and the Polarity of Beauty: Nietzsche or the "Silesian Angel"?- Lecture by Joseph McVeigh

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016
  • Weinstein Auditorium, Smith College
  • 7 PM
  • The art of Käthe Kollwitz has been largely defined by its focus on the poor and the oppressed, and the artist herself has been cast as "the voice of the silence of the suffering people" (Romain Rolland). And yet, such a public image ignores some foundational sources of her creativity that are drawn from the solidly middle-class cultural norms of the "Bildungsbürger", i.e. those of German high culture, as well as from an almost mystical inwardness, cultural elements not typically associated with the working classes of her time. Her reflections on art in her diary led her to recognize a certain indebtedness to a wide range of cultural influences, from the 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to the 17th century mystic, Angelus Silesius ("The Silesian Angel"). Professor of German Studies at Smith College, Joseph McVeigh will explore these influences and their import for her work in a lecture. 

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