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Member Lecture: Salvador Dalí—America’s Surrealist

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Salvador Dalí. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Shapiro. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2018.

Join Kristen French, Tours Specialist in Gallery Activation, for a discussion of the exhibition Salvador Dalí: The Image Disappears, and the artist’s status as a household name in the United States.  

Bringing together more than 30 paintings, drawings, photos, and surrealist objects, as well as a rich selection of printed matter, books, and artists ephemera to explore this critical period, the exhibition considers Dalí’s work in light of two defining, if contradictory, impulses: an immense desire for visibility and the urge to disappear.

About the Speaker

Kristen French is the Tours Specialist in Gallery Activation, Interpretation. At the museum, she is part of a team that produces public programs for adults as well as multi-generational audiences, and facilitates gallery talks and conversations. She teaches extensively in the galleries on a range of topics to foster critical reflection and communal learning experiences. She received a BA in History of Art and Architecture and a BA in Public Policy Studies from DePaul University, and is an EdM candidate in Elementary Education at DePaul.

We encourage you to visit the exhibition before the lecture, if possible. We are anticipating high attendance for the Dalí exhibition on the day of this event, especially immediately following the member lecture.

Please note that this is an in-person event that takes place at the museum. In accordance with state and City of Chicago guidelines, visitors to the museum are no longer required to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination, though anyone who would like to wear a mask is encouraged to do so. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the week before your visit, we ask that you stay home. We appreciate your help in keeping the museum a healthy and safe place for our staff and visitors. Learn more about our visiting policies.

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