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Kristine Schomaker on Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

“That's what we need to do, as feminists, change history...”

BARONESS ELSA VON FREYTAG-LORINGHOVEN was a free-thinker and mother of the American dada movement. ELSA created body art, genre-bending sculpture and was the instigator, if not the creator, of Duchamp's "Fountain". Artist/publisher Kristine Schomaker thinks the Baroness was ahead of her time and not as celebrated as her contemporaries. That's about to change.

Our storytellers share these astonishing women with us conversationally and unscripted; we fact-check afterwards and note any major discrepancies for accuracy.

Storyteller

Kristine Schomaker

Kristine Schomaker is a multidisciplinary artist, art historian, publisher and mentor living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles, California. She earned her BA in Art History and MA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge. In 2014 Kristine founded Shoebox PR, a support network that focuses on creating community and offering mentorship and resources to artists. Kristine is also the publisher of Art and Cake a contemporary L.A. Art Magazine focusing on underrepresented artists and exhibitions. Kristine has taught art history at Antelope Valley College and Pasadena City College, formed an artist collective in Los Angeles and has organized and curated numerous art exhibitions throughout Southern California. Kristine sits on the board for the CSUN Arts Alumni Association.

Featured Woman

Baroness Elsa von Freytag

Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven was a poet, sculptor, artist, sexually experimental, and utterly ahead of her time. She was the precursor to the found art movement. In The Little Review, her poetry, written in a way to demonstrate art on top of the written word, lay next to chapters of Joyce’s Ulysses. Her costumes and headdresses were extravagant and fantastic, full of humor and wit. She lived in Greenwich Village, NY, for a spell and became “the first American dada,” the mother of dada,” in the states. There are great photos of her by Man Ray and Stieglitz. To see her is to love her. Brave, exciting, clever, crazy.