Degenerate Art

Throughout history, art has maintained the power to threaten the social order. Delving into music that was censored, banned, and propagandized as “degenerate,” Fifth House Ensemble sheds new light on works by artists facing oppression under three different oppressive regimes: Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and the dark days of McCarthyism right here in the United States where individuals, ideas, and art were deemed un-American. Fifth House Ensemble collaborates with the American Civil Liberties Union, Holocaust Community Services, Spertus Institute, Artists at Risk, Unsilence, the Guild Literary Complex, the University of Chicago, and street art collective CMK to share and illuminate poignant historical and present day stories of artists from around the world. Join 5HE and representatives from each organization in a discussion panel on censorship, human rights, and freedom of expression after the performance.

Past Performances

Degenerate Art at Connecting Chords Music Festival
Sunday, October 7 2018, 7:30pm
Dalton Theatre
1200 Academy St
Kalamazoo, MI

Degenerate Art at Spertus Institute
Sunday, April 29 2018, 2:00pm
Feinberg Theater, Spertus Institute
610 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL

Degenerate Art at Rockefeller Chapel
Sunday, April 15 2018, 4:00pm
Rockefeller Chapel
5850 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL