The theme designated for the Program in Media and Modernity for the academic year 2005-06 was Dada. Brigid Doherty and Hal Foster will team-taught the Media and Modernity core seminar MOD 500, titled "Dada: Art or Anti-Art? Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics in the Face of Catastrophe." This seminar concerns the art and literature produced between 1916 and 1924 in the several centers of Dada activity (Zurich, Berlin, Cologne, Hanover, Paris, and New York). Scheduled to coincide with an important Dada exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington (February-May, 2006), and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (June-September 2006), the seminar focuses on Dada's various confrontations with modernity, and on its place in the history of modernism. Events include a trip to see a preview of the Dada exhibition the day before its opening at the National Gallery in Washington, DC, and the participation of all seminar members in a scholars' Study Day at the National Gallery.
In addition, the Program in Media and Modernity continued with projects from last year's designated theme of the little magazines, polemical books, films and exhibitions of the 1960s and 70s. Events include a seminar by Denise Scott Brown on "Little Magazines in Architecture," and one by Gianni Pettena on "Radical Architecture in the Italian Magazines of the 1970s.