|ABCD, 1923-24, Raol Hausman|
We speak of the Dada movement in art sometimes with humor, sometimes with dismay, sometimes with a degree of disparagement. But whether we realize it or not, it changed "art" as much as Cubism. In fact, it may have changed art more than Cubism because Cubism was largely a painting phenomena. Dada forever broadened the very definition of art, beyond painting, beyond sculpture, even beyond motion pictures. If nothing else, it gave us performance art. It gave us multi-media art. It gave us art that very nearly defied definition. It made us look at ourselves as artists for the first time in history in terms of social relevance. Do we mean anything? Are we part of the problem or part of the solution. Is art a vehicle for social change? Should it be?