Was one of dada's fathers really such a mystery or did he show his true self in his art?
At Performa, Shana Lutker revisits a wild dada play that featured a nose and some lips.
The other day we got in the car and I had a CD on, and he said, “dada, is that James Brown?”
It was a new hat, and dada bought him only one new hat each year.
dada, how in the world can you go on writing verses like that, sitting in your den?
dada always sent some of the food to Bajee, the poor widowed woman who lived down the street.
Yes, dada, you may tell us, but we shan't promise to listen.
dada bought some sugar, tea, tobacco and candy, and all was ready.
You hear the hum of human bees, they smell the honey of dada's quatrains.
dada had listened eagerly, for it pleased her to hear all that she had been wont to prize spoken of here with due appreciation.
1920, from French dada "hobbyhorse," child's nonsense word, selected 1916 by Romanian poet Tristan Tzara (1896-1963), leader of the movement, for its resemblance to meaningless babble.
Freedom: DADA DADA DADA, the howl of clashing colors, the intertwining of all contradictions, grotesqueries, trivialities: LIFE. [T. Tzara, "Dada Manifesto," 1918]Related: Dadaist; Dadaism.