For this assignment, you’ll be providing a response to a selection of artwork or texts. It is intended to be a branching activity in the sense that you will have the opportunity to discuss with others afterward, the particular works you viewed or what you read about, compare and learn.
1. First view the following film on the policies of the Nazis…
Art as Nazi Propaganda (Video) (https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/video/art-propaganda-nazi-degenerate-art-exhibit)
2. Then choose one of the links below and view the ‘degenerate’ art in their collection. Choose one artwork from their ‘degenerate’ art collection to describe that stood out for you and your response/reaction to it, its artist, and history. Why did you choose this one? What effect did it have on you (including what you found out about the artist and the history of the artwork)?
“Degenerate Art” at the Tate (Website – view the selected artists in the collection) (https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/d/degenerate-art)
“Degenerate Art” Exhibit at the MOMA (Website – tour the online exhibit) (https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/3868?)
“Degenerate Art” Exhibit at the Neue Galerie (NY Times Article) (https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/arts/design/degenerate-art-at-neue-galerie-recalls-nazi-censorship.html)
What to do: Review the instructions for this week’s assignment.
Understand the extent of the cultural policy and the works that were targeted.
Get a sense of the art that was burned and banned, created within the camps, and in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust.
What to Include
A written response answering the prompts
Summary of one of the works that stood out for you and your response to it. Why this one? What effect did it have?