Dada, Cyborgs and the New Woman in New York



New York in 1917, particularly with the first Independents Exhibition and the events surrounding it, was in the grip not just of an American flowering of modernist innovation, but of the specific manifestation of New York Dada. The term New York Dada is a retrospective appellation emerging from Zurich Dada and from 1920s popular press reflections on New York modernism;it suggests a more coherent movement than was understood by those living and working in this arena at the time. The many individuals participating in or on the margins of New York Dada included French expatriates such as Francis Picabia and Marcel Duchamp and Americans such as Alfred Steiglitz and Man Ray. Even Ezra Pound was touched by New York Dada, writing two poems for The Little Review in 1921 that explored the interchange between one of its most visible figures, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, and William Carlos Williams.2


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  1. 7.
    See Kathy Peiss, Cheap Amusements: Working Women andLeisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986).Google Scholar
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    Jane Heap, Dada’, The Little Review 8:2 (Spring 1922): 46.Google Scholar

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