Revolutionary Imagination: Chicago Surrealism from Object to Activism

In conjunction with The Arts Club of Chicago’s exhibition A Home for Surrealism, this program explores the legacy of Surrealism in Chicago in all of its dimensions, from the histories of collecting and display to surrealist artistic practices. In a series of lectures and discussions, a set of international scholars and historical practitioners of Surrealism examine the movement’s story in Chicago from the standpoint of local art institutions and activist politics alike.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

10:00am Introductions
Janine Mileaf and Jennifer Cohen

10:30am Panel
Moderator: Jennifer Wild

“Surrealism in Chicago and the International Context of Surrealism”
Michael Richardson

“The Aesthetics and Politics of the Chicago Surrealist Critique of Work in the 1960s and 70s”
Abigail Susik

“Critical Theory and Practice: Marcuse between Paris and Chicago”
Michael Stone-Richards

“Hystericizing Surrealism in Chicago”
Joanna Pawlik

“Poetry Will Be Made by All Animals: Ecology in the Surrealist Group of Chicago”
Kristoffer Noheden

1:30pm “‘Black Snake Crawling in My Room’: Surrealism and the Blues”
Paul Garon

2:00pm Roundtable featuring participants and friends of the Chicago surrealist movement: Penelope Rosemont, Ron Sakolsky, Winston Smith, Myrna Bell Rochester, V. Vale
Moderator: Rebecca Zorach

6:00pm Opening Reception, A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Painting in Midcentury Chicago, The Arts Club of Chicago

Friday, 8 June 2018

6:00pm Evening Program: Surrealist Salon with The Neo-FuturistsThe Arts Club of Chicago

Saturday, 9 June 2018

6:00pm Opening Event: Chicago Surrealist Exhibition
The Study Chicago, 1837 W Fulton St., Chicago IL

This event is free and open to the public.

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