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Inside Art: Dada and Surrealism in Europe

May 15, 2013
Fullerton Hall
$12 per member; $195 for full 17-lecture series

Trace the origins of modern art at the dawn of the 20th century in a year-long lecture series on the art historic roots and development of modernism in Europe and America. The year 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armory Show at the Art Institute, a traveling exhibition that served as the first exposure of many Americans to modern and abstract art. Coinciding with the exhibition Picasso and Chicago, this series will examine the artists and movements—such as Cubism, Fauvism and Dada—that caused a major stir a century ago.

The Dada movement responded to the outbreak of WWI with anti-bourgeois objectives, favoring irrationality and chaos. Dadaists such as Jean Arp and Marcel Duchamp called the very definition of art into question. Then came the Surrealists, applying Sigmund Freud's dream theories and free association techniques to the art world. Artists like René Magritte, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dalí explored the unconscious mind through unexpected visual juxtapositions and "chance" processes. This lecture will delve into these European movements, and Pablo Picasso's involvement with them.

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