"Surrealism and the Americas" Conference Program, Rice University, Nov. 4-6, 2010

Surrealism and the Americas

Thursday, November 4, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Freed Auditorium, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Surrealism’s Collectors and Collections in the Americas
Introduction/Opening of the Conference: Diane Wolfthal, Chair, Department of Art History, Rice University
Chair: Claudia Mesch, Arizona State University; Alison Green, The Menil Collection

Off the Beaten Track: Julien Levy and Surrealism’s Postwar Itineraries
Susan Power, Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne

The Art Institute of Chicago’s American Abstract and Surrealist Artists and Katherine Kuh’s Unintentional Cultivation of a Taste for Surrealism in Postwar Chicago
Mary Caroline Simpson, Department of Art, Eastern Illinois University

Respondent: Manuel Gutierrez, Rice University


Witnesses to a Surrealist Vision: a Houston Cabinet of Curiosities at The Menil Collection
Katharine Conley, French and Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College

Issues in the Archive
Donna Conwell and Annette Leddy, Getty Research Institute

Respondent: Kristina van Dyke, The Menil Collection

Welcoming reception sponsored by the School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University

Thursday evening, November 4
Farnsworth Pavilion, Rice University
Keynote Lecture, 5:30 p.m.
Mari Carmen Ramírez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Introduction: Josef Helfenstein, Director, Menil Collection

Friday, November 5
Freed Auditorium
Chair: Graham Bader, Rice University
Surrealism and Surrealist Networks in the Americas, Part I
8:30-11:30 a.m.
The Architectural Mise-en-scène in Luis Buñuel’s Films
Daniel Garza Usabiaga, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

‘Don’t Forget I Come From the Tropics’: Reconsidering the Surrealist Sculpture of Maria Martins
Michael Taylor, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Respondent: Luis Duno-Gottberg, Rice University


César Moro’s Transnational Surrealism
Michele Greet, Art History, George Mason University

Edward James and Plutarco Gastélum: a Surrealist Installation in Xilitla
Irene Herner, Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México

Respondent: Luis Duno-Gottberg, Rice University

Surrealism and Surrealist Networks in the Americas, Part II
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Risking Mexicaness: Gerzso’s Dialogues with Surrealism and Abstraction
Fabiola Martínez Rodríguez, Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus

Juan Soriano and Mexican Surrealists in Philadelphia
Edward Sullivan and Rachel Kaplan, Institute of Fine Arts and Dept. of Art History, New York University

Manuel Alvarez Bravo and Surrealism
Ian Walker, School of Art, Media and Design, University of Wales, Newport:

Respondent: David Craven, University of New Mexico

Saturday, November 6
Freed Auditorium
Chair: Gordon Hughes
Legacies: the Afterlife of Surrealism Part I
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Dirtying the Corner: Duchamp, Rauschenberg and Surrealist Exhibition Interiors
Lewis Kachur, Kean University of New Jersey

Eduardo Paolozzi: Between Surrealism and Pop
Ryan Johnston, University of Melbourne

What Makes Indians Laugh: Surrealism, Ritual and Return in Steven Yazzie and Joseph Beuys
Claudia Mesch, School of Art, Arizona State University

Respondent: Samantha Kavky, Penn State University

Legacies: the Afterlife of Surrealism Part II
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Secret Agency: How Pop Claimed Magritte
Sandra R. Zalman, University of Houston

Notes for a Brief Historiography of Surrealism in America
Samantha Kavky, Penn State University

Auto, Body: L.A.’s Finish Fetish and the Vernacular Surreal
Robert Stalker, Independent Scholar

Respondent: Ellen Landau, Case Western Reserve University