Film
East German Künstlerfilme—films about artists both real and imaginary—offer unique insights into the changing socio-political agendas of cultural policy in the GDR and the East Bloc.  

July 3, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

South College, E470

Konrad Wolf and scriptwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase based this exploration of the role of art and the artist in socialist society on sculptor Werner Stötzer.

July 3, 2018
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Amherst Cinema
 A screening of the films Träumerei and  Beethoven - Days of a Life.

July 4, 2018
9:30 am-12:00 pm

Integrative Learning Center, S240

Käthe Kollwitz was 47 and a successful artist when her son Peter was killed in WWI. Though always politically active, her son’s death turned Kollwitz to radical pacifism and reflections on the meaning of war in her art.

July 5, 2018
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

A selection of short films on visual artists in the GDR. Introduction by April Eisman, Iowa State University.

July 6, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Integrative Learning Center, S240

 A series of short films that examine the 1980s alternative art scene in East Germany.

July 9, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Integrative Learning Center, S240

Screening of the films Quick Animation and Claiming Space: The Independent Art Exhibit Scene in the GDR.

July 9, 2018
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

Presenting the GDR rock music scene of the late 1980s. From well-established bands like Silly, to underground rock bands like Feeling B, this road movie includes clips from concerts and interviews with musicians and fans

July 10, 2018
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Amherst Cinema
Highly acclaimed East German poets, songwriters and clowns Steffen Mensching and Hans-Eckardt Wenzel performed in the independent cabaret group Karls Enkel (Karl’s Grandchildren), founded in 1976. This film is based on their cabaret skits, which satirized current events and were frowned upon by the authorities. 

July 11, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Integrative Learning Center, S240

A team of artists was commissioned to create the Marx-Engels Forum, a sculpture group commemorating the international workers’ movement in the center of East Berlin. 

July 12, 2018
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Isenberg School of Management, 137

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