Angels of Anarchy, Women Artists and Surrealism

26 September - 10 January

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Lecture series

Women Surrealists: Imaging/Imagining the Self

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In this lecture, Professor Elza Adamowicz explores issues relating to subjectivity, identity and gender in the works of surrealist artists, including Claude Cahun, Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington. It shows how they rejected some of the existing views of femininity and offered alternatives through performance art, object-making and combining materials in new and unusual ways.

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Women Surrealists and the Politics of Eros 

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With Dr Alyce Mahon, Senior Lecturer in History 20th Century Art, University of Cambridge

In this lecture, Dr Alyce Mahon explores the role of erotic desire in surrealism, and women surrealists’ provocative use of the sexual body to radically awaken the viewer to gender politics. Addressing a range of women surrealists, including Meret Oppenheim, Leonor Fini, Frida Kahlo and Mimi Parent, Mahon considers how these women both offered an alternative to the dominant modes of surrealist masculinity and paved the way for later, post 1960s, generations of feminist artists.

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Woman in Plural: Czech Surrealism’s Women Artists

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With Krysztof Fijalkowski, Norwich School of Art & Design

This lecture will focus on Czech women surrealist artists and offer a rare insight into these less well-known key surrealist artists.

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Sphinx: Leonor Fini and Surrealism

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With Dr Peter Webb, author of Sphinx: The Life and Art of Leonor Fini

In his lecture Sphinx: Leonor Fini and Surrealism , Dr Peter Webb will investigate artist Leonor Fini’s role as a female artist in the predominantly male surrealist group, and the contribution she made with her self-images as empowered sphinxes and ancient deities. Dr Webb knew the artist Leonor Fini well and interviewed her extensively in the years before her death.

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Curator’s Talk – Women Artists, Surrealism and Tradition

Curator’s Talk – Women Artists, Surrealism and Tradition from Manchester Art Gallery on Vimeo.

With Dr Patricia Allmer, MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University

In this lecture, exhibition curator Dr Patricia Allmer discusses how some women surrealist artists explore, challenge and rework conventional artistic traditions. By doing so, these artists demonstrate and reveal how art history contributes to constructing and maintaining power relations between men and women.

The talk gives further insight into a number of artists and artworks represented in the exhibition, Angels of Anarchy, including Meret Oppenheim’s objects, Lee Miller’s photographs of desert-scapes and Mimi Parent’s strange and unsettling assemblages in boxes.

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‘Womb-Magic’ and ‘the Coral of the Mind’: Eileen Agar’s Surrealism

‘Womb-Magic’ and ‘the Coral of the Mind’: Eileen Agar’s Surrealism from Manchester Art Gallery on Vimeo.

With Dr Neil Matheson, Senior Lecturer in Theory and Criticism of Photography, University of Westminster

Focusing on the period 1936-45, this lecture explores the work of Eileen Agar and her particular contribution to the emergence of a surrealist movement in England. The discussion embraces Agar’s ‘seaside surrealism’, her use of natural and marine forms and her conception of female creativity, as well as considering her wartime work.

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Copyright

The content of these lectures is © Krysztof Fijalkowski, © Dr Peter Webb, © Dr Alyce Mahon, ©Dr Patricia Allmer and © Professor Elza Adamowicz. All images used within the presentation remain the © of the owner or licensee and are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.