Sex in the City: Jeanne Mammen and Otto Dix’s 1920s Berlin 

Weimar Berlin was an exciting place of social change, particularly in terms of sexuality. Old laws governing sexual expression and women’s rights were dissolved by a new, progressive government and Berlin was the centre of it all. Artists responded by documenting new forms of sexual expression, from the ‘New Woman’ to gay and lesbian clubs. This lecture looks at the work of two artists who explored these ‘new’ sexual expressions, Jeanne Mammen and Otto Dix, alongside the work of sociologist and activist Magnus Hirschfeld, founder of the Institute of Sexology. 

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Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. Sarah is currently a lecturer at the University of Arts London and Coordinator for City Lit’s Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah’s current research is focused on translation and empathy.

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