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Dadaism and art, whatever that is

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Program for Dada event

Modern art is often scoffed at as something that a child could do, but some of the underpinnings of modernism were incredibly provocative. Dada was launched in the midst of World War I by artists who considered it a bloody and foolish war. Dada began in Switzerland in 1916, but soon spread to Berlin, Paris, and the rest of Europe and the United States. New forms of art, including photomontage, collage, found objects, and poetry that was composed entirely of made up words were all used to convey visceral messages, “to shock society into self-awareness.” Artists chose unconventional means of expression to reject high art and rationalism, and their methods raised questions on the meaning of art and originality that linger today, in online mash ups, remixes, and fanvids.

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Shop smart: Look thru 30+ ‘Gift Guides’ from home!

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Forget fighting the crowds this Black Friday! Or if you really want to get out there, first let expert editors give you suggestions for the best gifts. Either come to the UA Library's Reference Department to check out our print magazines (we're open this Friday), or make yourself a coffee and cozy up on the couch to look through gift guides at home with the UA Library’s e-Magazines.

December covers of many magazines

To browse the e-magazines, you'll need a Zinio account. Go to the UA Library’s home page under the 'Welcome' message, and click on the 'E-Magazines' tab. If you don't already have an account, check out Media Service's guide to account creation: 'Learn more about using Zinio.' If you have an account, choose 'Download a Magazine' (which will take you to a browsing page).

Look for the December issues of these magazines, all of which have gift guides (listed alphabetically):

  • Bon Appetit
  • Consumer Reports (This is a wonderful issue. Sign in to this one through the Research Databases.)
  • Eating Well
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Everyday with Rachel Ray
  • Family Circle
  • Family Fun
  • Family Handyman
  • Gluten Free Living
  • Golf Tips
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Guitarist
  • Health
  • Marie Claire
  • Men’s Health
  • Men’s Journal
  • O: The Oprah Magazine
  • Outside
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Popular Science
  • Redbook
  • Robb Report
  • Rodale’s Organic Life
  • Runner’s World
  • Ski
  • Sound & Vision
  • Stereophile
  • Town & Country
  • Woman’s Day
  • Wood
  • Woodcraft
  • Woodworker’s Journal
  • Yoga Journal

Happy Shopping!

And don’t forget, you can always contact a Reference Librarian by phone, textemail, or in person for assistance in using our databases and eBooks.