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150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series—It’s All in Your Mind: Dada and Surrealism

With Curator of Education Mariann Smith

Saturday, November 17, 2012, 11:15 am

Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893–1983). Carnaval d'Arlequin (Carnival of Harlequin), 1924–25. Oil on canvas, 26 x 35 5/8 inches (66 x 90.5 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1940. © 2010 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

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A urinal as a sculpture, the Mona Lisa with a mustache, performances that encouraged chaos and riots—as the Dadaists informed the world, “It is not Dada that is nonsense, but the essence of our age that is nonsense.” After Marcel Duchamp and the Dadaists challenged the whole of Western culture, many went on to become part of the Surrealist movement. They were joined by artists including Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and René Magritte, who explored the unconscious to re-create our pleasant dreams and worst nightmares.

About the 150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series

This lecture series, held every two years in conjunction with the Education Department’s docent training course, will cover the history of art from the mid-nineteenth century through 2012. Curator of Education Mariann Smith and Associate Curator of Education Nancy Spector will focus on works in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Collection as they cover both the art and the history of the past 150 years. The series continues through Saturday, March 16, 2013. Doors for all lectures open at 11 am. View Full Schedule