Position title: Ph.D. Candidate
Christy Wahl is a Ph.D. Candidate specializing in German Modernism and Visual Culture. Her dissertation, “Dada under Occupation: The Works of Hannah Höch, 1933–1949,” uses the German Dada artist Hannah Höch (1889–1978) as a case study to deconstruct the supposed exile of Dada and its adherents during the Third Reich. Further, it contextualizes Höch’s post-1945 career and “degenerate” artists´ so-called rehabilitation in postwar Berlin. Other research interests include: Exile Studies; avant-garde networks; photomontage; Central European Studies; Surrealism; contemporary art and theory; vegetality and plant agency in art and literature. Christy’s research has been supported by UW–Madison’s Center for German and European Studies (CGES) and Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Getty Research Institute, and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin.