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Gallery Course—Dada, Surrealism, and Modern Art

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Gallery Course—Dada, Surrealism, and Modern Art


Brown Auditorium | LACMA

$30 LACMA members; $35 general public

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Dada and Surrealism represented European artists’ direct response to the carnage of World War I. Holding prevailing establishment pretentions and traditions responsible, a group of artists centered in Switzerland used nonsense texts, performances, and abstract art as a form of protest. Their techniques of provocation—called Dada, a deliberately meaningless word—inspired some to join with writers and intellectuals after the war to form the Surrealist group. This loosely aligned group aimed to mingle reason with un-reason to create a new reality.

This gallery course will trace the movements from their beginnings through the 1930s, looking at works by artists ranging from Hans Arp to Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, and Rene Magritte. Director of adult programs Mary Lenihan will lead the class, which will include an introductory lecture followed by a private tour in the permanent collection galleries.



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