"Invisible Revealed: Surrealist Drawings from the Drukier Collection"

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  • Ongoing: until Sunday, June 5, 2005
  • Sunday: 12:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am
  • Wednesday: 10:00am
  • Thursday: 10:00am
  • Friday: 10:00am
  • Saturday: 10:00am
  • Where: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

Invisible Revealed: Surrealist Drawings from the Drukier Collection, an exhibiton at the Spencer through May 22, offers an opportunity to explore the Surrealist world. And beyond the Surrealist art hanging on the walls of the Kress Gallery, the Spencer is offering a full slate of programming related to the exhibition, including a film festival, a children's class, a gallery talk, a student party and a family day.Some events already have occurred, including the first two films in the series, and curator Steve Goddard's lecture at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. But there remain on the schedule other opportunities to explore Surrealism in greater depth. Please see below for a full listing. All events are free, with the exception of the Saturday children's art appreciation class, which carries a small fee.Invisible Revealed includes nearly 150 intimate works of art on paper by the leading proponents of the international movement in art and literature known as Surrealism. Surrealism offered an alternative to the rational thinking that had culminated in the tragic events of the First World War. The exhibition includes many examples of Surrealist artists' fascination with dream, imagination, and chance. Among the exhibited artists are Jean Arp, Hans Bellmer, Victor Brauner, Andre Breton, Giorgio De Chirico, Salvador Dal?, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, Wilfredo Lam, Rene Magrittte, Man Ray, Andre Masson, Roberto Matta, Francis Picabia, Kurt Seligmann, Yves Tanguy, and Dorothea Tanning. The exhibition, organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, and curated by the Johnson Museum's senior curator of prints, drawings, and photographs, Nancy E. Green, presents Gale and Ira Drukier's private collection of Surrealist works on paper. Programming for this exhibition is supported in part by the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation generously supports the Spencer Museum of Art venue. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.Public ProgrammingApril 5Lecture: Curator Steve Goddard on "Surrealists and Beats at the Spencer " / 7 PM / Regnier Hall Auditorium, KU Edwards Campus. 126th & Quivira. Overland ParkApril 16Children's Art Appreciation class: "Exquisite Creatures" / 10:30 AM & 1:30 PM Learn about Surrealism and create an imaginary creature. Instructor: Ann Marie Kriss. $12 ($10 for Friends of the Art Museum members). Pre-registration required. Contact Karen Gerety at 864-0137, kcgerety@ku.edu kcgerety@ku.edu April 21Tour du Jour: A lunchtime gallery talk with curator Steve Goddard / 12:15 PM / Kress Gallery May 12Surrealist Spring Student Soiree: 6-9 PM / Free food, music! Hosted by the SMA Student Advisory BoardMay 15Family Day: 1-3 PM / Enjoy Surrealist games and activities. Fun for the entire family!Surrealist Film Festival: SMA Auditorium April 7Classic Surrealist Cinema / 7 PM / Short films include: Ballet Mechanique (1924, dir. Fernand Leger, 19 minutes); L'Etoile de Mer (1928, dir. Man Ray, 15 minutes); Un Chien Andalou (1929, dir. Luis Bunuel, 17 minutes); and Blood of the Poet (1930, Jean Cocteau, 50 minutes). April 10The Films of Maya Deren: Experimental Films 1943-1959 / 2 PM / Maya Deren's fascinating and beautiful films are masterpieces of their era and provide an important insight into the history of the avant-garde. This collection of six short films by the leading female experimental filmmaker in cinematic history includes Meshes of the Afternoon. (76 minutes total)April 14Spellbound, 7 p.m. One of Hitchcock's finest films of the 1940s, this mystery features a riveting dream sequence designed by Salvador Dal?. Full of classic Hitchcock plot twists and Freudian imagery. (1945, dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 111 minutes). April 17Juliet of the Spirits. 2 p.m. Cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo's masterful use of Technicolor transforms Juliet of the Spirits, Fellini's first color feature, into a kaleidoscope of dreams, spirits, and memories. In Italian with English subtitles. (1965, dir. Federico Fellini, 137 minutes)April 24The Films of the Brothers Quay, 2 p.m. Influenced greatly by Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer, American expatriate twin brothers Stephen and Timothy Quay have gone on to create some of the most astonishing and innovative works the world of animation has ever seen. Through their command of color, camera movement and puppetry, the Quays turn their miniature sets into amazing, unforgettable dreamscapes. This collection includes ten short films made for Koninck Studios. (1984-1993. 76 minutes.) April 28Little Otik. 7 p.m. Surrealist master Jan Svankmajer (Faust, Alice) brings a famous Czech legend eerily to life in this darkly hilarious cautionary tale. An ordinary couple, Karel and Bozena, are unable to conceive a child. When Karel digs up a tree root and whittles something vaguely resembling a human baby, Bozena's maternal longings transform the stump into a living creature with a (literally) monstrous appetite that can't be met with baby formula. In Czech with English subtitles. (2000, dir. Jan Svankmajer, 126 minutes) May 1The Saddest Music in the World, 2 p.m. During the height of the Great Depression, musicians from around the globe converge on Winnipeg, Canada for a contest given by a legless beer baroness (Isabella Rossellini) to determine which country possesses "the saddest music in the world." Known for his string of strangely nostalgic masterpieces, Guy Maddin again pulls out all of his tricks to replicate the sights and sounds of cinema past, while infusing them with an undeniably unique and personal vision. (2004, dir. Guy Maddin, 99 minutes, Rated R) May 5Mulholland Drive, 7 p.m. Fairy tale turns to nightmare in David Lynch's darkly entertaining story of a fresh-faced Hollywood newcomer (Naomi Watts) who becomes involved with a beautiful woman (Laura Harring) who escaped from an attempted killing and appears to have lost her memory. But nothing is as it seems in this maze of dreams and reality, in which characters may be reliving past experiences or imagining new ones, and the past and the present unfold continually upon each other. (2001, dir. David Lynch, 145 minutes. Rated R)

This event was posted April 11, 2005 and last updated Sept. 16, 2014

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