This seminar will examine the cultural role played by the vanguard artists of the “historic avant-garde” of the 1920s. The focus will lie on hitherto under-examined aspects, such as the actually very small number of these artists, their efforts to “convert” the public to their art and ideas, and their often overly idealistic approach to their audience. This inquiry will be related to the present condition of the arts and their status in contemporary Western culture.
Éva Forgács is Adjunct Professor of Art History at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She is a Visiting Fellow at the IWM (June – August 2014).