How did the arts function as a vital medium in the German Democratic Republic? This exhibition provides insight into the role of artists in political conditions when the state pervasively manages the production of imagery, and where social responsibility is prized over the ability to express oneself freely and critically. The prints and drawings, from the collection of Monroe Price and Aimée Brown Price, explore how creativity perseveres, even as circumstances tightly channel and restrict voice.
This event is in conjunction with the SummerCulture 2018 - Berlin Colloquium based on research conducted by Annenberg Ph.D. students during their course Mediating Visual Memory of Conflict, War and Genocide in Berlin Across the Holocaust and the Cold War.
Image above: Lea Grundig-Langer, Schmelzer Stahlwerk Riesa (Smelter Riesa Steel Mill) from Kohle und Stahl für den Frieden! (Coal and Steel for Freedom!), no date, 19 1/4” x 26 1/4”.
A reception will be provided for those attending the talk.
Talk by Cornelia Thomsen: 6:00pm
We are in unchartered waters. Political intimidation threatens media practitioners worldwide, and disinformation campaigns destabilize public trust. The Center for Media at Risk offers the chance to strategize in response to threatening political conditions. Knowing how media practitioners work under authoritarian regimes and circumstances of creeping authoritarianism can help free/defend/empower/protect/save the media. www.ascmediarisk.org