Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Hannah Hoch

signature image

Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Hannah Hoch
b. 1889, Gotha, Germany; d. 1978, Berlin

A master practitioner of photomontage, Hannah Höch carved out a niche for herself in the macho circle of Berlin Dada artists, to which she was introduced around 1917 by fellow artist Raoul Hausmann. Combining imagery and type appropriated from newspapers, magazines, and advertisements, she created incisive, often wry, statements on the corruption and decadence of bourgeois culture between the world wars. In many works, she took aim at the notion of the "New Woman" propagated in the German press. From 1926 to 1929, she lived in the Hague with Dutch author Til Brugman. They returned to Berlin in 1935, and Höch, despite the very real danger, continued to use her work as a platform for social and political critique. The Nazis branded her a "cultural Bolshevist" and banned her exhibitions. In 1939, she retreated to a Berlin suburb, quietly maintaining a Dada archive that would become indispensable to historians. Höch began exhibiting again in 1946, but it was not until 1971, with a retrospective at the Berlin Academy of Art, that her critical role in the avant-garde began to be assessed.

Related Place Setting

Georgia O'Keeffe

Related Heritage Floor Entries

Dorothy Arzner
Marie Bashkirtsev
Sarah Bernhardt
Rosa Bonheur
Julia Cameron
Emily Carr
Mary Cassatt
Imogen Cunningham
Sonia Delaunay
Maya Deren
Isadora Duncan
Eleanor Duse
Edith Evans
Natalia Goncharova
Martha Graham
Eileen Gray
Sophia Haydn
Katharine Hepburn
Barbara Hepworth

Harriet Hosmer
Frida Kahlo
Ida Kaminska
Gertrude Kasebier
Kathe Kollwitz
Dorothea Lange
Marie Laurencin
Mary Louise McLaughlin
Paula Modersohn-Becker
Julia Morgan
Berthe Morisot
Gabriele Münter
Louise Nevelson
Elizabeth Ney
Anna Pavlova
Augusta Savage
Sophie Taeuber-Arp
Suzanne Valadon