I’m not sure I understand or know enough about Dada to fully explain it to someone else, but I feel like I have a general sense of it to usually be able to recognize whether something is Dada or Dada-influenced. For the most part it doesn’t appeal to my aesthetic sensibilities – I know, I don’t think it’s supposed to – but there is an energy about it that is attention-getting, and often a quirky sense of humor or the absurd that I do enjoy.
The San Francisco Public Library, in conjunction with Dada World Fair, City Lights Bookstore’s centennial celebration of Dada, is host to two exhibits in the Main Branch Skylight Gallery featuring Dada in the Bay Area. The Most Dada Thing is an exhibit of work from the Bay Area Dadaists and the creators of Inter Dada 84. Dadamatic Mail Art features items from Irene Dogmatic’s collection of postcards, stamp art, zines, and etc.
Through Saturday, 12/31/16