3D Visualization of Historic Art Exhibition: The First German Autumn Salon, Berlin, 1913

Jenny Anger, Professor of Art History, Grinnell College
David Neville, Digital Liberal Arts Specialist, Grinnell College
Rebekah Rennick, art history student, Grinnell College

Students in Jenny Anger's modern art history courses at Grinnell College are helping to build a 3D visualization of a massively influential, yet poorly documented, international art exhibition in Berlin in 1913, the Erster Deutscher Herbstsalon (First German Autumn Salon). Using the exhibition catalogue, letters, one surviving photograph of the show, and other records, students are creating a digital archive of exhibited works and then installing them--accurately and proportionally sized--in a recreated exhibition space prepared in SketchUp by David Neville.


Jenny Anger is professor of art history at Grinnell College, where she has taught since earning her Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture at Brown University in 1997. Anger’s specialty is twentieth-century European art history and theory. Her first book, Paul Klee and the Decorative in Modern Art (Cambridge University Press, 2004) situates Klee’s art within the problematic of the decorative as it was articulated and contested especially in the early years of the twentieth century. Anger’s second book, Metaphors of Modernism: Der Sturm and the Société Anonyme, is expected to appear in 2016. The book argues for the unacknowledged centrality of metaphor in modern art through an exploration four recurrent metaphors—piano, water, glass, and home—that shape the realm of possibility of art in the two titular organizations: Herwarth Walden’s Der Sturm in Berlin (1910-32) and Marcel Duchamp and Katherine Dreier’s Société Anonyme in New York (1920-50).