Dorothea Tanning, Modernism, and the Transatlantic Avant-Garde
"This lecture will focus on the art and writings of the American Surrealist Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012). It will reflect on her career in the transatlantic avant-garde and its fervent belief in the transformative, political potential of art as well as her highly individualistic challenge to orthodox Surrealist and modernist configurations of sexuality and space".
Alyce Mahon is Reader in Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Cambridge. She is the curator of Dorothea Tanning, the first major retrospective exhibition of Tanning, for the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (Oct. 3, 2018 –Jan. 7, 2019) and Tate Modern, (Feb. 27–June 6, 2019), and was the curatorial advisor for Leonor Fini: Theatre of Desire 1930-1990, the Museum of Sex, New York (Sept. 28, 2018-March 4, 2019). Her publications include Surrealism and the Politics of Eros, 1938-1968 (Thames & Hudson, 2005), Eroticism & Art (Oxford University Press, 2007), and The Marquis de Sade and the Avant-Garde (forthcoming Princeton University Press, 2020).