Art from the 1960s to the Present: Dada and Surrealism

This series of lectures introduces the viewer to Dada and Surrealism, two art historical and cultural movements. These lectures explore the question: should art only focus on the rational, the conscious, or should we also pay attention to the irrational, the uncanny? Dada was born during WWI when poets, artists, and actors, sickened by the violence around them, chose to celebrate the irrational. Dada gave way to Surrealism which reinstituted traditional forms of art-making but focused on Freud’s theories of the unconscious.