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The Scope of Surrealism: East, West, and Beyond

Nov 14, 6:30pm


The Scope of Surrealism: East, West, and Beyond will discuss surrealism and its evolution within different mediums throughout history. The dialogue, moderated by Janine Mileaf, the Executive Director of the Arts Club of Chicago, features contemporary artist Krista Franklin and one of the founders of the Chicago Surrealist Group, Penelope Rosemont.

About the Participants

Janine Mileaf is Executive Director of The Arts Club of Chicago. A former Associate Professor at Swarthmore College, she is the author of Please Touch: Dada and Surrealist Objects After the Readymade and contributes to a range of international publications and museum exhibition catalogues. She was the curator of the Arts Club of Chicago’s Art Design Chicago exhibition A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Painting in Midcentury Chicago and was the editor of the corresponding catalog. She received her Ph.D in 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Krista Franklin is the recipient of the Propeller Fund and the Albert P. Weisman Award, and has held residencies at A Studio in the Woods, Cave Canem, and the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life Initiative. Her poems and visual art have been published in Black CameraCopper NickelCallalooVinylBOMB Magazine and Encyclopedia, Vol. F-K. Willow Books published Study of Love & Black Body, her chapbook of poems, in 2012. Franklin’s work has exhibited nationally, and was featured on 20th Century Fox’s Empire (Season Two). She is the co-curator of the Chicago citywide poetry and art initiative, EKPHEST: A Festival of Art + Word, and 2nd Sun Salon, a community meeting space for writers, visual and performance artists, musicians and scholars. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts – Book & Paper from Columbia College Chicago.

Penelope Rosemont is a surrealist painter, writer, photographer, and collagist. In 1965, she and her husband Franklin Rosemont co-founded the Chicago Surrealist Group, following a trip to Paris and meeting with French surrealist André Breton. The group, known for its radical politics and revolutionary aesthetics, went on to hold numerous exhibitions at the Gallery Bugs Bunny and the Gallery Black Swan. Penelope edited Surrealist Women: An International Anthology (University of Texas Press, 1998) and is the author of Surrealist Experiences: 1001 Dawns, 221 Midnights (Black Swan Press, 2000) as well as several books of poetry.

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