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The Visionary Eye: Surrealism from Europe to North Amercia

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Sunday, March 28th, 2021
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Moderated by founding lecturer Dr. Dan Mato, four illustrated lectures will explore how surrealist artists in Europe, Canada, and the United States tried to free the mind from the oppression of rationalism, conformity, and the ordinary in order to experience new ways of seeing.

The eye, which exists on the threshold between the inner self and the external world, was often depicted by surrealist artists in painting, sculpture, and even jewelry.  Our distinguished lecturers will discuss unsettling, humorous, absurd, even shocking works; how surrealists were influenced by Canada’s West Coast First Nations artwork; and how several of Salvador Dali’s famous paintings ended up in Fredericton.

Individual lectures: $20 members/senior and $25 non-members

Series tickets:  $60 members/seniors and $75 non-members  

All proceeds to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

MARCH 7:  Celia Rabinovitch will talk about UNDERSTANDING THE SURREALIST IMAGINATION.  Beginning with the surrealist revolution in Europe in the 1920s, Dr. Rabinovitch will show how its incendiary call to arms for the power of imagination is captured by such artists as Giorgio de Chirico, Rene Magritte and Joan Miro.   LEARN MORE

MARCH 14:  Colin Browne will talk about WOLFGANG PAALEN'S NORTHWEST PASSAGE including Paalen's efforts to consider the intersection between surrealism and Northwest Coast cultures, such as the Tlingit, Haida, Ts’msyan, and Pentlatch communities, Coast Salish Hul’qumi’num-speaking peoples, Snuneymuxw and Cowichan, and Lekwungen speaking peoples, Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.  LEARN MORE

MARCH 21:  Dali expert, Elliott King will talk about SALVADOR DALI'S PARANOIC VISION including his famous Santiago El Grande (1957) at the Beaverbrook Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and the trajectory of Dalí’s career from surrealism to ‘mysticism’.  LEARN MORE

MARCH 28:  Celia Rabinovitch returns to discuss WOMEN SURREALISTS THROUGH THEIR OWN EYES.  She will introduce the work and originality of several women artists associated with surrealism between the 1930’s and 1960’s in Europe and North America, including Leonora Carrington, Meret Oppenheim, Lucita Hurtado, and Dorothea Tanning   LEARN MORE


Cost: Adult: $25
Student: $20
Member: $20
Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Talks | Lectures
Online Events
Location: Online Webinar
1040 Moss Street, Victoria
This event is for Adults, Seniors, Student / College
More Info: CarolAnne Harper
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