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Conversation: Remedios Varo—Science Fictions

Sat, July 29 | 2:00–3:00



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  • Free, registration required

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El Flautista (The Flutist), 1955

Remedios Varo. Museo de Arte Moderno; INBAL/Secretaría de Cultura. © 2023 Remedios Varo, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Madrid. Photo by Rodrigo Chapa.

Join exhibition co-curators Caitlin Haskell and Tere Arcq as they discuss the making of Remedios Varo: Science Fictions, the first US museum exhibition in over 20 years dedicated to the Spanish-born, Mexico-based Surrealist.

Bringing together more than 60 of Varo’s paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks from 1955 until her death in 1963, this show considers the artist’s practice of combining science, alchemy, magic, and mysticism with Surrealist automatic techniques.

About the Speakers

Caitlin Haskell is the Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she has overseen the collection of modern art since 2018. Her research and writing address the production and critical reception of the art of the historical avant-gardes in Europe, as well as their legacies in the Americas. Haskell’s recent exhibitions include Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season (2018) at SFMOMA and Ray Johnson c/o (2021), Cezanne (2022), and Salvador Dalí: The Image Disappears (2023) at the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tere Arcq is an independent curator and art historian. Formerly chief curator of the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, she specializes in the work of women Surrealists in Mexico, with special focus on Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, and Alice Rahon. Arcq creates and produces exhibitions in Mexico and abroad, including In Wonderland: The Adventures of Women Surrealists in Mexico and the United States (2012), an international project presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the National Museum of Fine Arts in Quebec, and the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City. Her most recent exhibition and catalogue is Leonora Carrington: Revelación (2023), presented at the Fundación MAPFRE in Madrid.

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