Revolutionary Imagination: Chicago Surrealism from Object to Activism

Public Programs

  • The Arts Club of Chicago
  • University of Chicago Department of Art History

June 7–8, 2018

Robert Green, Object in a shop window at Barbara’s Bookstore designed for the launch of Morning of the Machine Gun by Franklin Rosemont, May 1968. Image courtesy of Penelope Rosemont.

Presented in conjunction with The Arts Club of Chicago's exhibition A Home for Surrealism, this two-day program explores the legacy of Surrealism in Chicago in all of its dimensions, from the histories of collecting and display of Surrealist works to the artistic practices that defined the movement in Chicago. Through a series of lectures and discussions, international scholars and historical practitioners of Surrealism examine the movement's story in Chicago from the standpoint of both local art institutions and activist politics, expanding awareness of Surrealism’s wide-ranging heritage in our city.