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2-23-2012 Barbara McCloskey

Presentation Archive

Academic Year 2011-2012

Meeting Date: Feb 23 (Thurs.), 2011, 4:30-6:00PM, 207 College Hall, Berger Gallery, Duquesne University.

Next event for our year-long theme of Migrancy.

A Tale of Two Portraits: German Exile and American National Identity during World War II

Presenter: Professor Barbara McCloskey

Barbara McCloskey is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Pittsburgh. She is author of George Grosz and the Communist Party: Art and Radicalism in Crisis, 1918-1936 (Princeton, 1997) and Artists of World War II (Greenwood, 2005). Her area of specialization is the cultural politics of German art. She has also published widely on the subject of art and exile in the 20th century.

Title: "A Tale of Two Portraits: German Exile and American National Identity during World War II"

Abstract: Barbara McCloskey will be presenting material from her current book project titled George Grosz in Exile: Art and the One World Order during World War II and the Cold War. Her study explores the cultural politics of German exile in the United States in World War II and the exiles' repatriation to a divided Germany during the Cold War. Through an examination of Grosz's art, her talk will illuminate the impact of American exile on the artist's changing sense of identity at this time. McCloskey will also consider how the German exile culture to which Grosz and his art belonged reciprocally shaped the cultural politics of the United States and its claims to the American universalism that emerged during and after World War II.