In the aftermath of World War I, the modern world awakened to the disturbing realization of mankind’s capacity for extreme violence. The political strife and totalitarian madness that followed during the 1920s and 1930s, culminating in World War II, further collapsed utopian visions of a harmonious society. This was a time when basic assumptions about the nature of Western civilization, reason, and cultural progress were torn asunder.
The Surrealist movement was rooted in the era’s turbulent social, political, and intellectual climate. Shifts in the prevailing thinking about human nature and social formation also played a significant role in shaping Surrealist art.
• Surrealism Contextualized - Jean Arp, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte, Man Ray, Méret Oppenheim, Yves Tanguy, and other artists
• Joan Miró: The Development of a Sign Language - The significance of prehistoric pictographs and ethnographic research
• Picasso and Surrealism - Metamorphosis, mythological monsters, brutality, distortion, and eroticism
Sidra Stitch has a PhD from UC Berkeley and was chief curator at the Berkeley Art Museum where she curated the exhibition Anxious Visions: Surrealist Art. She is the Director of art-SITES, a series of contemporary travel books, and has fellowships at the National Gallery, Smithsonian, and American Academy in Berlin. She is a lecturer in the Stanford Continuing Studies program.
Wednesdays, March 5, 12, and 19
Cantor Arts Center Auditorium
4:15 – 6:15 pm
Cantor Arts Center Members: $75 Non-Members: $90
Drop-in attendance is offered for $30 on the day of a lecture if space is available. No advance reservations are possible for drop-in. Payment by check or cash accepted at the door.