What and Why: Dada 100-Year Celebration!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Clinton Deckert, Tulavent, 2015, Oil on board, 20 x 16 in., Courtesy of the artist

Join a group of leading individuals of the contemporary art world in a discussion about one of the greatest artistic movements of the 20th century: Dada. Beginning out of protest of war in 1916, it was considered a by-product of the “Anti-Arts“ (a term coined by Marcel Duchamp in relation to his readymades) and was a pivotal period for literature, music, visual arts, and spoken word. Our esteemed panel will celebrate and discuss the common thread that ties Dada to the contemporary art world and beyond. Dada still thrives and influences artists of today and is exemplified in their responses to pop culture, war, politics, religion, corporate corruption, and current events.

Panelists include:

Clinton Deckert: award-winning contemporary artist and art advocate. Exhibited and represented nationally and internationally. NBMAA NEW/NOW artist from Feb. 20–Jun. 7, 2016. Will lead the discussion.

Ron Crowcroft: has taken part in Dada provocations in England, contributing to Dada and Fluxus (an international network of artists) exhibitions. Follows Dada to show him the different ways of working, randomness, chance, and non-art methods and materials.

Florin Ion Firimita: visual artist, teacher, filmmaker, and novelist. Was the manager of the painting department of the National Theater of Opera and Ballet in Romania and worked as a costume and set painter. Work has appeared nationally and internationally. Has been awarded three national gold medals for teaching and mentoring.

Jeff Poole: Dada-inspired antagonist and promoter. Created and curated the first three Hartford Dada Art Shows with visual art, experimental music, and spoken word performances.


Free with Museum admission


Sunday, March 20, 2016 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm