Marx Now

Marx Key Visual Marx Now, image by Dan Mohr

Events revisiting Marx for the contemporary era

On the occasion of Marx’s 200th birthday, the Goethe-Institut is celebrating with the program Marx Now. With events being held across North America, the Goethe-Institut seeks to revisit Marxism in the light of contemporary discussions.

Here in DC, the Goethe-Institut Washington will be hosting a variety of interactive experiences, exciting films, and innovative performances.
The main event of the Marx Now series is Dictionary of Marx, a theatrical happening on Marx’s birthday, Saturday, May 5th, hosted by Capital Fringe and curated by director John Feffer of the Institute for Policy Studies. In this multimedia performance, a dozen artists, academics, actors, and authors respond to a selected lexicon of word from Marxist texts.
As part of the film series CINEMARX, the Goethe-Institut will be showcasing recent movies that comment on Marx and his economic theories in addition to historic short films from East Germany. As part of the series, AFI Silver Theatre will also screen the film The Young Karl Marx from the director Raoul Peck on Tuesday, May 1.
Throughout the month of May, the Goethe Gallery will become an interactive space for direct encounters with Marx’s writings in the exhibition Marx in the Study. Visitors are encouraged to read, remix, and react to Marxist theories. During the course of this exhibition, the Goethe-Institut will also host an All-Day Alexander Kluge Marathon on Saturday, May 19, showing the entirety of Kluge’s 9.5-hour-long film News from Ideological Antiquity.