Celebrating the publication of the volume of essays Radical Dreams: Surrealism, Counterculture Resistance from Penn State University Press in March of this year, editors Elliott H. King and Abigail Susik host a discussion with legendary activist and Chicago surrealist, Penelope Rosemont. The conversation will cover topics relevant to the display of Chicago surrealist pamphlets and posters at the recent “Surrealism Beyond Borders” exhibition at the Tate Modern through August, and attendees will have the chance to pose plenty of questions about surrealism past and present.
Penelope Rosemont was welcomed into the Paris group by André Breton in 1966, and she coauthored the essay, “Surrealism in the U.S.,” which appeared in the Paris-based surrealist journal L’Archibras. Artist, writer, and publisher, her work was included by Arturo Schwarz in the 1986 Venice Biennale “Arts & Alchemy” presentation. Her books include Surrealist Women: An International Anthology (University of Texas Press); Dreams & Everyday Life: André Breton, Surrealism Rebel Worker, SDS & the Seven Cities of Cibola (Kerr); and Surrealism: Inside the Magnetic Fields (City Lights).
Abigail Susik is Associate Professor of Art History at Willamette University and author of Surrealist Sabotage and the War on Work (Manchester University Press, 2021). She is co-editor of Surrealism and Film after 1945: Absolutely Modern Mysteries (Manchester University Press, 2021), and Radical Dreams: Surrealism, Counterculture, Resistance (Penn State University Press, 2021). She is a founding board member of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism. https://willamette.edu/undergraduate/arth/faculty/susik/index.html
Elliott H. King is Associate Professor of Art History at Washington and Lee University and the author of Salvador Dalí: The Late Work and Dalí, Surrealism, and Cinema. He is a founding board member of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism. www.spiralspecs.com
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