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Installationsansicht in der Kestnergesellschaft

© Jelca Kolltasch


The early years of the "CalArts"

The art school founded by Walt Disney is the theme of the exhibition at the Kestnergesellschaft from August 30 to November 10.

At present, the demand for more gender parity and for more social participation by previously excluded social groups is growing louder. Both aspects are laid out in the founding of the art college "CalArts", which was founded by Walt Disney in 1970. With his now legendary "Post Studio" chair, the artist John Baldessari has initiated a changed notion of art that moves out of the studio into everyday life. In addition, Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro's "Feminist Art Program" has brought female artists and female life experience into focus. These are the beginnings of conceptual art, institutional critique and feminism. In addition to works by teachers and students of the time (including Michael Asher, John Baldessari, Judy Chicago, Douglas Huebler, Suzanne Lacy), the exhibition also presents teaching methods and contemporary witness reports. The exhibition is conceived as a research project in collaboration with Philipp Kaiser (Free Curator, Los Angeles), Annette Jael Lehmann (Free University, Berlin) and metaLAB (Harvard University). The project is made possible by funding from the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the Foundation of Lower Saxony.

Event(s): 30.08.2019 to 10.11.2019
Tuesdays  Wednesdays  Fridays  Saturdays  Sundays 
from 11:00 to 18:00 o'clock
30.08.2019 to 10.11.2019
from 11:00 to 20:00 o'clock


  • Goseriede 11
  • 30159 Hannover
Die kestnergesellschaft von der gegenüberliegenden Straßenseite an der Goseriede aus gesehen. © Ulrich Prigge