The Greatest Dada Project That Never Happened: Dadaglobe x MoMA Teens

Image still from video that captures all 8 members of the MoMA Teens Digital Advisory Board of 2016 standing in front of a green screen with an archival image of the Dadaglobe project projected on it. 3 members are seated on white stools while the rest are standing in between them.
Opening room to exhibition that includes wall vinyl of the title "Dadaglobe Reconstructed" and a map of where participating artists came from.
Installation view of the exhibition, “Dadaglobe Reconstructed”, June 12, 2016–September 18, 2016. Photograph by Thomas Griesel. Courtesy of MoMA, New York.

In the summer of 2016, MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art in New York) opened its exhibition Dadaglobe Reconstructed which brought together over 100 works created for Tristan Tzara’s planned but unrealised ambitious anthology of Dada. This publication, to be called Dadaglobe, aimed to document the movement’s international activities and existing works, as well as serve as a call for new contributions. Tzara invited around 50 artists from 10 countries to submit work to this anthology, which he broke down into four categories: original drawings, photographic self-portraits, photographs of artworks, and layouts for new book pages. 

Organized by Adrian Sudhalter, Guest Curator, and Samantha Friedman, Assistant Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints at MoMA, the exhibition brought together these artworks and relevant archival materials in an attempt to reconstruct Tzara’s great project and consider it’s aim to address issues around the reproduction of art and Dada’s global appeal – concerns we are also addressing in this project TAKE DADA SERIOUSLY (it’s worth it?).

Installation view of the exhibition, “Dadaglobe Reconstructed”, June 12, 2016–September 18, 2016. Photograph by Thomas Griesel. Courtesy of MoMA, New York.

As part of the museum’s education programming, MoMA has a specific and multifaceted approach for its young people’s programming. There are several levels of involvement for young people from all over New York City to participate in offered by MoMA Teens: from In the Making art classes, the Cross-Museum Collective in partnership with MoMA PS1, to the most involved level, the Digital Advisory Board (DAB), made up of MoMA Teens alumni. With guidance from Calder Zwicky, Assistant Director of Teen and Community Partnerships, and Samantha Friedman, DAB prepared its own response and tribute to MoMA’s Dadaglobe: Reconstructed exhibition. 

As the Digital Advisory Board, our objective was not to merely recreate Dadaglobe art for contemporary times, but to utilize the blunt, untainted lens of Dada to perceive those times—and perhaps even criticize them. For it seems as long as the Earth continues to turn, the timeless doctrine of Dada will always endure, illuminating our lives.

Jo-Anne Naarendorp

Read Jo-Anne Naarendorp’s full account of this project here.

Watch all six episodes of the MoMA Teens Digital Advisory Board Dadaglobe series below:

MoMA Teens: What is Dada? Episode 1

The Greatest Dada Project That Never Happened: Dadaglobe by MoMA Teens Episode 2

Drawings for “Dadaglobe” by MoMA Teens Episode 3

Selfies, or Self-Portraits! by MoMA Teens Episode 4

Pages From An Imaginary Book by MoMA Teens Episode 5

Images of Art by MoMA Teens Episode 6

Digital Advisory Board 2016 members: Jo-Anne Naarendorp, Jocelyn Aldaz, Ashley Aviles, Kevin Cruz, Cara Hernandez, Anatola Pabst, Oksana Pligina, and Yvonne Zagzag. 

MoMA Staff who worked on this project: Calder Zwicky, Eva Kozanecka, Ali Santana, and Samantha Friedman.

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