04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M
Research Hall 201
Section Information for Spring 2020
While surrealism originated in Paris in the 1920s, it had enormous transnational impact. This class will begin with an examination of the origins of the surrealist movement in Paris, reading the group’s manifestos and discussing the art produced by its members. We will examine the writings of the so-called dissident surrealist Georges Bataille, women surrealists, and the work of foreign nationals participating in or influenced by the movement. In the 1930s interest in surrealism began to travel across the Atlantic. In the second half of the course we will follow the spread of surrealism to Latin American and the United States, looking at the International Surrealist Exhibition in Mexico City in 1940 and the impact of surrealism on the emergence of Abstract Impressionism in the United States.