Publications and Research

Document Type

Book Chapter or Section

Publication Date

Fall 9-2015


“’The Rhythm of Our Time is Jazz’: Popular Entertainment during the Weimar Republic” examines the widespread interest and influential role held by American ragtime and jazz music throughout German culture from the 1910s until World War II. Many artists incorporated minstrel imagery as a potent indicator of their outsider status during this period or used new materials and rhythmic forms inspired by jazz to fully reflect the technological achievements and dynamic environment of the modern metropolis.


This essay is one chapter in an exhibition catalogue edited by Olaf Peters; Berlin Metropolis (Prestel Verlag and Neue Galerie NewYork, 2015). This publication accompanies the exhibition at the Neue Galerie New York, a museum dedicated to German and Austrian modern art.



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