This is a past event.

"MetaDada" Poetry Reading

Casey Howell
While the First World War is often overlooked as an ideological conflict, one of many fronts of ideological combat during the Great War was Dadaism, a counter-culture art movement with roots in Zürich. The origins of “Dada” are disputed; Tristan Tzara, one founder and leader of the movement, explains in the Dada Manifesto of 1918 that the word has meanings in other languages which vary from sacred cow tails to cubes, and it ultimately signifies nothing. In the same manifesto, Tzara recalls Nietzschean influences by declaring that “beauty is dead.” Right off the bat, Dada was characterized by internationalism, irreverence, juxtaposition of disparate concepts, a mockery of materialism and a consciously anti-aesthetic design, all in response to perceived bourgeois decadence during the Great War. Presented in conjunction with the City of San Antonio’s Arts and Culture Department’s exhibition “MetaDada: High Art for the Populace,” Wednesday’s “MetaDada” Poetry Reading will be emceed by Anthony “The Poet” Flores, a slam poet who’s so San Anto that the subjects of his poetry include tacos and Kawhi Leonard. Flores also enjoys allusions, often outright but sometimes hardly noticeable, to prominent writers as distant as William Blake and Chinua Achebe. The self-described “lyrical pyromanic” finds parallels in Dadaism, such as critiques of materialism, childlike distance from societal mores and habits, and not-so-subtle jabs at nationalism.

Venue Details

Nearby

  • or

Newsletters

Join SA Current Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

All the fun and fireworks from the Fourth of July celebration at San Antonio's Woodlawn Lake

San Antonio's annual Independence Day party at Woodlawn Lake Park draws celebrants from all over the city with its mixture of fun,…

By Sanford Nowlin

All the fun and fireworks from the Fourth of July celebration at San Antonio's Woodlawn Lake
113 slides

Everyone we saw at San Antonio bar The Squeezebox's sixth-anniversary bash

On Sunday night, St. Mary's Strip stalwart The Squeezbox held its sixth-anniversary party featuring Chicano soul legend Sunny Ozuna. Oldies DJs spun…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Everyone we saw at San Antonio bar The Squeezebox's sixth-anniversary bash
76 slides

This $6 million Hill Country Village estate is now the priciest San Antonio home on the market

The owners of a 9,000-square-foot mansion in Hill Country Village put it on the market for just shy of $6 million last…

By San Antonio Current Staff

This $6 million Hill Country Village estate is now the priciest San Antonio home on the market
49 slides

These 24 San Antonio spots serve the best breakfast tacos in town

It’s no secret that San Antonians like to start their day with a breakfast taco — or three. Whether loaded with fluffy…

By San Antonio Current Staff

Tacos Ricos
8025 Bandera Rd., (210) 543-7244, tacosricosbandera.wixsite.com
This unassuming yet bright-yellow building houses well-filled breakfast tacos made with handmade tortillas. Crowd pleasers include the barbacoa and bean and cheese tacos, but with such an expansive menu, it’s hard to play favorites here.
Photo via Instagram / 
tacosricos.sa
24 slides