Lecture by Stephen Goddard,
Associate Director and Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings
Spencer Museum of Art
Based on exhibit at Spencer Museum which included 150 works, done by Henry De Groux, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rotluff, and others.
Lecture was given Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, in Kansas City, Missouri. Thanks to Eric Lehnert for processing the three videos of that lecture.
Goddard's recent thinking, research, and collaborative work has been focusing upon 'machine and man.' During a recent sabbatical spent primarily in Germany, Goddard had fellowship at the Wolfsonian - Florida International University, where he spent time with one of the world's great repositories for WWI-era material culture. He talks about works largely from the Museum's permanent collection to explore the rise of ironic and ambivalent attitudes toward the war and the defenselessness of innocents in the face of modern war machines. He explores - primarily from the European artists perspective - how these prints bring attention to the substantial roles played by the graphic arts as a tool for official propaganda and as means of voicing individual responses to the war ranging from documentation to dissent.
The Spencer recently acquired a rare and extensive treatment of the war by Belgian artist HENRY DE GROUX in the form of nearly 50 etchings. These proofs and trial prints were preparatory to a portfolio, Le Visage de la Victoire (The Face of Victory). In his introduction to the printed series, de Groux wrote of the war as an "undeniable and colossal absurdity, like a machine functioning in a void," an "opulent excess of perfect horror
For more on Goddard, click on Goddard CV.
Part 1 of 3 - video - 32 minutes (Introduction by Justin Rogers 4 minutes)
Part 2 of 3 - video - 32 minutes
Part 3 of 3 - video - 8 minutes