R115 Spring 2019 Surrealism: The Fortuitous Encounter of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella on a Dissecting Table
Thursdays, 11:50–1:15, Apr. 25–May 23
No class May 9
Instructor: Christopher With
Surrealism was a major cultural force in Europe between the two world wars and its tendrils reached from literature to the visual arts, film, and music. It was born out of the horrors of World War I and the ensuing pessimism of the early 1920s and fueled by the popularity of Sigmund Freud’s theories of free association, the unconscious, and dream analysis. Surrealist artists strove to resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality into an absolute reality, a super-reality. The hallmarks of this vision were paintings of unnerving, illogical scenes produced with absolute photographic precision or the transformation of objects from everyday reality into strange, illogical, and occasionally threatening otherworldly creatures.
See F110 for instructor information.
- Apr. 25: Origins and Organization: World War I and Dada.
- May 2: Early Years and Initial Achievements.
- May 16: The Golden Years of the 1930s.
- May 23: World War II and Surrealism's Enduring Relevance.