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Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage


Megan Luke: “The Wandering Merzbau: Collage, Photography, and Exile”

November 18, 2011; 6:00 p.m.

In this lecture, Megan Luke, an authority on Schwitters’s Merzbau, explores the artist’s changing understanding of the relationship between the his seminal architectural installation and his collages. The Merzbau prompted Schwitters to focus on sculpture, to elaborate his ideas about spatial composition, and to adapt this work to a life in exile from Hitler’s Germany. In her provocative new interpretation, Luke argues that the survival of the Merzbau through photographs “demands attention to the artist’s conflicted attitudes toward images obtained through mass reproduction and the phantasmagoric play of light projection.”

Megan Luke is assistant professor of art history at the University of Southern California. Nicholas de Monchaux is assistant professor of architecture and urban design at UC Berkeley.