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The Recurring Appeal of the Surreal

Sundays, October 23, 30 and November 6 | AIG American General Conference Room, Audrey Jones Beck Building The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 5601 Main St. Sunday, November 13 at The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross


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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If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez October 26-29, 2019 you may access the itinerary, trip cost, and registration documents here.
 

If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 

 

Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 

 

Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.

 

AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A FALL POP-UP COURSE!
Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced

 

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