“Mirror Images: Women, Sureralism, and Self-Representation”

MIT List Visual Arts Center

How does an intergenerational legacy of women artists linked to Surrealism look, and how does it expand the way we view that movement's continuing impact? This ambitious, sometimes stunning exhibition (which is currently in Miami, and travels to San Francisco in January 1999) attempted to chart such a history, constructing lineages among twenty-three artists of three distinct “generations”: from Claude Cahun to Francesca Woodman to Cindy Sherman, from Frida Kahlo to Ana Mendieta to Paula Santiago, from Meret Oppenheim to Louise Bourgeois to Michiko Kon. Cocurated by Surrealism scholar Whitney Chadwick with Katy Kline and Helaine Posner of the List Center, the show asserted that image making by women who associated themselves with Surrealism (or were associated with the movement while refusing the label) took the artist's own body as a starting point in a way that the male Surrealists, for

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