Events and Calls for Papers
Artists, museum curators and scholars from diverse academic disciplines take part in a varied programme of events hosted by the Centre. These include workshops and colloquia, an international conference in association with the Edward James Foundation, visiting scholars and artist residences.
22 April - 26 June 2011
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
The exhibition Narcissus Reflected. Myth and Artistic Identity in Twentieth-Century Art, curated by David Lomas and Dawn Ades, displayed works by a number of modern and contemporary artists who investigated the ancient myth of Narcissus in relation to the artist's creative and sexual identities.
Narcissus Reflected included important works of twentieth-century art, such as Salvador Dalí's painting Metamorphosis of Narcissus (1937, Tate Modern); Jess's large collage drawing Narkissos (1976-1991, SFMOMA); Yayoi Kusama's installation Narcissus Garden (first exhibited at the Venice Biennale of 1966) and Pipilotti Rist's video Sip My Ocean (1996).
A fascinating show making manifest a tendency in modern art that you'd always known was there without ever quite getting around to seeing. So see it.’ Charles Darwent, The Independent.
Conference & Symposia:
- New Perspectives on Surrealism and its Legacies - Eight Annual PhD Symposium: 'Constellations'
Friday 13th May 2011
The Centre's 2011 PhD symposium took place at Tate Modern in conjunction with the exhibition Joan Miró. The Ladder of Escape (14 April - 11 September 2011). Postgraguate students from the UK, France, Germany and the US working in a range of humanistic disciplines that comprise art history, musicology and philosophy presented papers on a variety of topics relating to the history and reception of surrealism. Their works stimulated a lively discussion within an audience of young researchers and established scholars. The symposium concluded with a roundtable discussion on the Miró exhibition with curators Marko Daniel and Matthew Gale.
- Queer Theory of the Avant-Garde
27 - 28 June 2011
Whitworth Gallery, University of Manchester
A two-day interdisciplinary conference in conclusion of the AHRC project on surrealism and queer sexuality. The conference took place in Manchester on 27 - 28 June 2011.