Saturday, November 17, 2012

It’s All in Your Mind: Dada and Surrealism

Today was the seventh lecture in the 150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series focusing on It’s All in Your Mind: Dada and Surrealism at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Joan Miró - Carnaval d'Arlequin(Carnival of Harlequin), 1924–25

"A urinal as a sculpture, the Mona Lisa with a mustache, performances that encouraged chaos and riots—as the Dadaists informed the world, “It is not Dada that is nonsense, but the essence of our age that is nonsense.” After Marcel Duchamp and the Dadaists challenged the whole of Western culture, many went on to become part of the Surrealist movement. They were joined by artists including Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and René Magritte, who explored the unconscious to re-create our pleasant dreams and worst nightmares." -source

December 01: Not for Victorian Drawing Rooms: American Art 1900–1945, Part I (11:15am - 12:20pm)

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