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Course Description

This course will explore a selection of women artists who significantly contributed to the Dada/surrealist movement of the twentieth century. These female artists are often overlooked in historical narratives of this male-dominated art movement. Critics and collectors tend to focus more on the impact of Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Rene Magritte, Man Ray, and others. The female artists of surrealism who will be introduced include: Leonora Carrington, Meret Oppenheim, Gertrude Abercrombie, Edith Rimmington, and Hannah Hoch. This course will also include a screening of Maya Deren's 1943 short film "Meshes of the Afternoon," selected by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant." Students will have an opportunity during the last two weeks of the session to create a personal collage inspired by the surrealist artists studied in this class. (An art kit will be available from the instructor for $12.) | Lecture (plus questions); Active participation; Viewing videos
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