July 10, 2014
Hi. My name is Thomas Baldwin, working at Deutsches Haus this summer. I graduated from NYU College of Arts and Sciences this May in Art History and German. I have been studying German since high school, where I even had the opportunity to participate in an exchange program with a school in Germany.
I knew that I wanted to study both art history and German while at NYU, but it wasn’t until my sophomore year when I visited Berlin that my interests both collided. I became very interested in the Berlin Dada and the art and culture of the Weimar Republic. I revisited my experiences in Berlin my senior year when I decided to research a painting by Hannah Höch for a research paper.
I’ve enjoyed discovering vestiges of German culture in NYC during my years at NYU. From visiting exhibitions at the Neue Galerie to discovering beer gardens from Hoboken to Astoria, New York has plenty to offer. I’ve even found a currywurst place in the East Village almost as good as my favorite stands in Berlin.