This event is a part of Everyone is Reading, our annual community reads program, now in its tenth year.
Dr. Deutsch will discuss some of the paintings and murals of Gustav Klimt within the context of modern art, a category of artistic expression that Hitler and the Nazis proclaimed “degenerate.” She will focus on how Nazis defined “degenerate art” and the importance of such cultural claims to Nazi ideology. She will also talk about how Klimt’s work, which the Nazis considered “degenerate art” in terms of style and subject matter, nonetheless reinforced some of the gendered assumptions of fascism.
Phyllis Deutsch served as editor-in-chief at University Press of New England. She currently teaches Gender and the Holocaust for the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric at Dartmouth College.