It’s back! And better than ever: The fifth annual Dada Poetry & Art Salon, with Dada hostess KAT GEORGES! This year’s theme: Declare Art on War!
Wear your favorite Dada fashion, thrill to the excitement of the strangest, most hard-hitting Dada performances ever, and enjoy Dada-inspired poetry read LIVE! from the latest edition of Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art* (Three Rooms Press, 130 pages, 2012).
Featured guest poets include Dada superstar boxer/poet Arthur Cravan, brought back to life for this special event. Plus Live Dada Twitter, and performances by underground comic book artist Mike Diana with Steven Retchard, NY Dada’s Joanie Hieger Zosike & Lois Kagan Mingus, NJ Dada’s John J. Trause, Romanian Dada descendent Valery Oisteanu, LA Dada’s Cynthia Toronto, Dada Daddy Peter Carlaftes, and surprise guests!
Plus: new videos, book giveaways and more. The first 20 people will receive a free copy of the hot-off-the-press Maintenant 6: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Literature & Art (inspired by Arthur Cravan‘s early 20th Century Maintenant ’zine–the first ’zine EVER!).
Doors open at 5:45. Admission is $7 which includes (naturally) a free drink! Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, in the West Village, between W. 4th Street at Bleecker (http://corneliastreecafe.com). Reservations and additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintenant 6: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art is the fifth edition of an annual collection of contemporary Dada work inspired by Dada instigator and Three Rooms Press spiritual advisor Arthur Cravan. This issue, edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges, includes bold poetry, cutting-edge visual art, essays and word art from Neo-Dadaists worldwide, including: Roger Conover, Mina Loy, Jerome Rothenberg, Giovanni Fontana, Fork Burke, Paolo Pelosini, Constantin Xenakis, Vittore Baroni, George Wallace, Scott Wannberg, Duska Vrhovac, Bart Verburg, Mike Mollett and more than 100 other artists. Color cover, with interior black and white text and images. It is now archived in the MOMA library.
The original Dada movement peaked from 1916-1922, primarily involved visual arts, literature—poetry, art manifestoes, art theory—theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. Its purpose was to ridicule what its participants considered to be the meaninglessness of the modern world. In addition to being anti-war, dada was also anti-bourgeois and anarchist in nature.