ASC German Studies Hosts Lecture on “Degenerate Music”

When the National Socialists came to power in Germany in 1933, the decisively changed the artistic landscape: Whatever did not fit their aesthetic norms of good “Germanic” art was labeled “entartet [degenerate]”. This happened in the realm of visual art and music. To emphasize that point, traveling exhibitions labeled “Degenerate Art” and “Degenerate Music” were created in 1937 and 1938, respectively. The “Degenerate Art” exhibition presented paintings by modernist, Jewish artists in an intentionally chaotic way to persuade audiences of the supposedly inferior quality of these works. Similarly, the “Degenerate Music” exhibit presented sometimes challenging modern music out of context, trying to underscore the “primitive” nature of this type of music.

Singer and actress Adrienne Haan will lecture on the history of “Degenerate Music” at Agnes Scott’s campus on Wednesday, April 11, at 6:30pm in Bullock Science/Teasley Lecture Hall. For more information see the poster below. Read more about Adrienne Haan on her website.

Here’s a video of one of Adrienne Haan’s performances:

Adrienne Haan will perform her show “Berlin, Mon Amour” at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theater on Friday, April 13. For more information, click here.


An earlier version of this post featured a draft of the poster, which did not include references to the Atlanta Goethe Cultural Center, without whom this event would not have been possible.


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