Surrealist Women Artists

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Support for this project was provided by the Great Lakes Colleges Association as part of its New Directions Initiative, made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Explorations in Surrealism: Myth, the Occult, and Experimental Writing in the Works of Mexican and European Surrealist Women Artists of the 1930’s and 1940’s

This digital archive is a student-faculty collaborative project developed in 2012-2013. Participating students were Joseph Carty (Computer Science major), Tessa Angell, Sara Sanchez, and Kara Robards, and Taylor Whitefield (Spanish majors), and Athena Alvarez (Art History major). The archive contains an introduction to the surrealist movement (ideology, techniques, styles, and themes), biographies of each of the artists, a critical analysis of the paintings and artistic techniques, an outline of the historical development of the surrealist movement, and information on the major historical and political events of the times. It also includes photographs, images, videos, related links as well as other relevant documents pertinent to the times and lives of these notable women. The archive was presented at the Workshop for Latin Americanists sponsored by the GLCA (Hope College on September 27-29, 2012), and two of the participating students presented it at the Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters and at the Conference for Undergraduate Research at Hope. Students collaborated with a variety of national as well as international institutions and entities such as the Artists Rights Society, Universidad de las Américas , Banco de la Ciudad de México, Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.