In Conversation: Claude Cahun’s ‘self-portraits’
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6 April 2017, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre, Floor -2
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Self-portrait (as a dandy, head and shoulders), Marcel Moore /
Claude Cahun, 1921-22
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Thomas Walther Collection. Gift
of Mrs. Leon Dabo, by exchange
Digital image, ©The Museum of Modern Art, New York /Scala, Florence
Dawn Ades, professor emeritus of art history at the University of Essex, discusses the complex nature of Claude Cahun’s ‘self-portraits’ with Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery.
Dawn Ades is a Fellow of the British Academy, a former trustee of Tate, Professor of the History of Art at the Royal Academy and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for her services to art history. She has been responsible for some of the most important exhibitions in London and overseas over the past thirty years, including Dada and Surrealism Reviewed, Art in Latin America and Francis Bacon. She organised the highly successful exhibition to celebrate the centenary of Salvador Dalí at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice (2004) The Colour of my Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art, at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2011), and was Associate Curator for Manifesta 9 (2012). She has published standard works on photomontage, Dada, Surrealism, women artists and Mexican muralists.
Part of the programme of events complementing Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask