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The Recurring Appeal of the Surreal


We are in the midst of a year-long period that boasts no fewer than six U.S. exhibitions on Surrealism, including major retrospectives on Max Ernst at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Salvador Dali at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Indeed, this seminar coincides with the opening of “The Surreal Calder “at the Menil Collection. What explains this explosion of interest in Surrealism more than fifty years after the movement's heyday?

OCTOBER 23: WHY SURREALISM (THEN AND NOW)?
David Brauer, senior lecturer at the Glassell School of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will reacquaint us with the environment that stimulated the development of the Surrealists and their artistic reactions. He will then explore why those factors might resonate with us today.

OCTOBER 30: SALVADOR DALI AND THE CAMEMBERT OF TIME
David Brauer will decode the enduring symbols of Surrealism's mad genius.

NOVEMBER 6: METAMORPHOSIS AND MIRRORS: THE FILMS OF JEAN COCTEAU
Brian Huberman, associate professor of visual arts at Rice University, will discuss Jean Cocteau's films. Please note that to accommodate our viewing of film clips, this session will last until 6pm.

NOVEMBER 13: MAX ERNST: THOUGHTS AND SECOND THOUGHTS ON CHANCE AND THE IRRATIONAL
William Camfield, Joseph and Joanna N. Mullen Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at Rice University, will lead us on a gallery walk through the Menil Collection. Camfield worked with the late Walter Hopps on the Menil Collection's two major Ernst exhibitions and wrote the catalogue, Max Ernst: Dada and the Dawn of Surrealism.

 

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Start:
September 1, 2005 @ 12:00 am
End:
December 31, 2005 @ 11:59 am
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