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Gallery Talk: Hannah Höch’s Critical Photomontage

March 2, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm


March 2, 2023
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Cut-out photographic images of disembodied legs, arms, and heads line up as if in a race.
Hannah Höch, German, Ancient Runners Frieze (unfinished), 1930. Collage. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Daimler Curatorship of the Busch-Reisinger Museum Fund, 2022.221.

Gallery Talk

Harvard Art Museums32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

In this talk, curator Lynette Roth examines a newly acquired photomontage by Berlin Dadaist Hannah Höch. In Ancient Runners Frieze (1930), Höch juxtaposes images of African, Egyptian, and European people and art objects culled from illustrated magazines and newspapers to call attention to gender stereotypes and the pervasiveness of racist and colonialist ideas in interwar Germany and in the history of art more generally. The work is currently on view in Gallery 1440 as part of our ReFrame initiative.

Our galleries are full of stories—this series of talks gives visitors a chance to hear the best ones! The talks highlight new works on view, take a fresh look at old favorites, investigate artists’ materials and techniques, and reveal the latest discoveries by curators, conservators, fellows, visiting artists, technologists, and other contributors.

Led by:
Lynette Roth, Daimler Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art

Gallery talks are limited to 18 people, and it is required that you reserve your place. At 10am the day of the event, reservations will open and may be arranged online through this form. The gallery talk reservation will also serve as your general museum reservation. If required, visitors will pay the museum admission fee upon arrival.

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk.

Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museum.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at am_register@harvard.edu at least 48 hours in advance.