The Culture of Kitsch

kitsch /kiCH/


1. art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.


1. considered to be in poor taste but appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

What is kitsch?

The English term kitsch is thought to be derived from the German verb verkitschen which means “to make cheaply.” Verkitschen first came into use in the 1920s. As art education and appreciation became more valued, it became necessary to create terms to define things that were not art, or at least did not have the same aesthetic or cultural merit.

Come to the Virtual Opening Gala-vant hosted by LCHM Exhibits Curator Faith Kreskey. This event is a virtual tour posted on Instagram. Follow the Instagram posts to Facebook for community discussion and more insight into the astounding selection of artifacts on display in The Culture of Kitsch, exploring kitsch in historic Lane County.

Featured Exhibits:

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