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Friday, September 25

Off the Wall: Informal Discussions About Art—The Resistance of Otto Dix’s Silverpoints

Art & Lunch Discussion
Time: 11:30am
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre and Lower Lobby

James van Dyke, Assistant Professor of Modern European Art History, Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia


Otto Dix was one of the leading German artists of the 1920s and 1930s, renowned and reviled for his brutal, exquisite renderings of scenes of sex, violence, and sexual violence. Dix advanced rapidly up the ladder of professional success in the 1920s, but also stood at the center of the Nazi campaign against modern art in the 1930s. James van Dyke, Assistant Professor of Modern European Art History, Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia, will consider the meaning of the technique of silverpoint drawing in Dix’s work in and after 1933, in particular asking whether two portraits made and exhibited in Berlin in 1935 can be seen as sly responses to both his critics and Nazi ideology in general. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Committee on the Arts. Lunch is provided. $5 donation suggested; free to College ID cardholders.