To mark the opening of Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography, Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography and Director of Graduate Studies in the History of Art and Architecture Department at Harvard University will deliver the keynote lecture "Strange Passion: Frederick Sommer's Wartime Surrealism" at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28 in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College.
An open house celebrating the exhibition will follow on Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography explores the radical and multilayered nature of Surrealist photography. The exhibition features photographs created by leading Surrealist artists, such as Eugene Atget, Andre Kertsz, Rene Magritte, Man Ray, and Maurice Tabard. In addition to presenting works from the movement's European roots in the 1920s and 1930s, Under the Surface highlights the extensive reach of Surrealist influence both geographically, by showcasing works of American and Central American artists, and temporally, by tracing the movement's reverberations through the 1960s. The exhibition will be on view at Bowdoin from February 27 through June 1, 2014, and will be shown in conjunction with a film installation, Surrealism in Motion, featuring Man Ray's Retour a la Raison and Hans Richter's Ghosts Before Breakfast.