My name is Ameli Klein and I´m a VDAC scholar that completes three terms in the Department of Art History at Dartmouth College. Previously I have studied Art History and American Studies at the Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.
I´m very grateful to be this years Homma Family Curatorial Intern of American Art at the Hood Museum and to work under the supervision of Barbara MacAdam, the Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art. My virtual project for Space for Dialogue is to create an online exhibition that marks DADA art as the beginning of modern protest art - 100 years later, as DADA has a certain starting point in February 1916, Zurich. This exhibition aspires to compare contemporary, American protest art and the used visual language to early Dada art. A special focus is placed on the integration on the viewer and the utilization of text and font. By looking at the stylistic commonalities between both movements, I want to question the status quo of social media as the dominant platform for contemporary protest art, as print media and the textile astatic of print are still the most prominent design elements. To illustrate this claim I´m closely comparing selected artworks of Dada Art with Contemporary Protest Art from the Hood collection and selected works outside the collection. The most prominent commonalities that I´m looking at are signal colors, Text as a design element, occupation of print media and public space, and paper as an integral part of the design.
Previously to my engagement at the Hood Museum I have co-curated the exhibition Deconstructing Robert Mangold with Erin Dziedzic, director of curatorial affairs at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City.