Surrealism: Channeling the Unconscious

The Surrealists sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. Heavily influenced by psychoanalysis, the Surrealists believed the rational mind repressed the power of the imagination, weighing it down with taboos. They hoped that the psyche had the power to reveal the contradictions in the everyday world and spur on revolution. They also believed that revelations could be found in everyday life, myth, and primitivism. Surrealism shaped many later movements, and the style remains influential today.

In this program, we’ll look at five key practitioners: Georgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dali.

Jill Kiefer, PhD, is an art historian and teaching artist. She’s been designing, coordinating and leading programs and tours in Art History and Fine Arts for over thirty years—in university, institutional and community environments around the globe. Jill is the Founder and Director of What About Art?, a native New Yorker and has taught for Mount Saint Mary’s College, Pasadena City College, Glendale College and the Palos Verdes Art Center. Jill is the Director of Programs in the Arts for Warnborough College Ireland/U.K., where she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. 

Thursdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 – 10 AM – NOON