The Dada Baroness, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
September 11, 2013 12:25 PM   Subscribe

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874-1927) was born in Germany, moved to the U.S. (and was arrested for wearing men's clothes in 1910) and lived in New York City from 1913-1923. She may have been involved with the submission of Fountain to the 1917 exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists (Previously); she also made an assemblage Portrait of Marcel Duchamp, and the plumbing assemblage God is attributed to her, photographed by 1918 flu epidemic casualty Morton Schamberg. She was known to wear a coal scuttle as a hat, with postage stamps on her cheeks; historians have called her America's first performance artist. In the 1920s she was friends with Jamaican-American writer Claude McKay. Her writing was preserved by Djuna Barnes and was finally published in 2011 by MIT Press as Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven edited by her biographer Irene Gammel and Suzanne Zelazo
posted by larrybob (2 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
was arrested for wearing men's clothes in 1910

One of those things that makes you so happy to live in your present.
posted by tavella at 12:56 PM on September 11, 2013 [2 favorites]

I was trying to think of this woman's name just last week! Thank you for reading my mind, Larrybob.
posted by munchingzombie at 5:31 PM on September 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

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