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August Sander: New Women, New Men, and New Identities

Feb 13-Apr 12, 2020

Exhibit examining queer identity in the Weimar era

Free & Open to the Public


  • August Sander


  • August Sander

About this Performance

Tracking the journalistic, scientific, activist roots and the stunning imagery of the Weimar era's feminist and queer movements, the exhibition showcases more than twenty of August Sander’s most iconic portraits of the new women, new men and new gender relations of the 1920s. Images of artists, bohemians, and intellectuals demonstrate the social shifts taking place in this era of unprecedented democratic freedom. Sander’s works are shown alongside groundbreaking gay and lesbian magazines like Die Insel, pamphlets, scientific studies, books, and other documents, providing unique insight into the trailblazing activities of the publishers, activists, and researchers, who tirelessly worked to further social change.

Public Opening Reception: Saturday, February 15, 3PM–7PM
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11AM–6PM

Presented in collaboration with Hauser & Wirth

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The Weimar Republic
Germany 1918–1933

In the 1920s, Germany saw a remarkable cultural renaissance prior to the rise of Nazism. Intellectualism and modernism took root in the chaotic social and economic climate between world wars. The arts and sciences burst with imagination, queer identities were brought to the forefront, and the lines between high and low art were erased. Join in a wide-ranging look at this fascinating, turbulent time.

Max Beckmann, Paris Society, 1931. Oil on canvas, 43 x 69 1/8 inches (109.2 x 175.6 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

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