June 7-10, 2018


Chicago Surrealism from Object to Activism

Exhibitions, Film, History, Theory,
Manifestoes, Theater, Poetry, & Music ...
at Various Locations in Chicago
Why Surrealism? 
Why Chicago?
Why Now? Why Not?
Celebrating the 1968
Chicago Surrealist Protest
Show at 50 years

Thursday, June 7, 2018

10am Panel:
Cochrane-Woods Art Center at 5540 S. Greenwood Avenue
Introduced and organized by Janine Mileaf (Arts Club of Chicago) and Jennifer Cohen (University of Chicago)

  • Michael Richardson (International Encyclopedia of Surrealism);
  • Kristoffer Nohenden (Surrealism, Cinema and the Search for a New Myth); Abigail Susik (Radical Dreams: Surrealism and Counter Culture);
  • Michael Stone-Richards (The Wreck of Art: Studies in the Thought of Guy Debord)
  • Joanna Pawlik (papers of surrealism-on line)
  • Moderated by Jennifer Wild (University of Chicago)

1:30pm: Paul Garon

2pm: Roundtable ( From the folks who brought you “Make Love, Not War!”)
Cochrane-Woods Art Center at 5540 S. Greenwood Avenue

  • Penelope Rosemont (Surrealist Women: An International Anthology)
  • Ron Sakolsky (Surrealist Subversions: Rants, Writings & Images by the Surrealist Movement in the United States)
  • Myrna Bell Rochester (René Crevel: le Pays des miroirs absolus)
  • Winston Smith (All Riot on the Western Front)
  • V. Vale (Pranks! Re/Search)
  • Moderated by Rebecca Zorach (The Passionate Triangle)

Friday, June 8
6pm: The Arts Club of Chicago at 201 East Ontario Street
Surrealist Salon: Mad poetry by Ron Sakolsky & Penelope Rosemont & Extraordinary Improv by the Neo-Futurists

Saturday, June 9
6pm: The Study Chicago at 1837 West Fulton Street
Film:  Marian Wallace,  V. Vale,  Tom Palazzolo
Punk Rock Music: Andy Alper, U Can Unlearn Guitar Band
Steve Smith & End Result Band

With the Participation or works of
Paul Garon, Beth Garon, Dennis Cunningham, Gale Ahrens, Franklin Rosemont, Rikki, Tamara Smith, Joel Williams, Ruti, Robert Green, Schlecter Duvall, Winston Smith, Joseph Jablonski & many more.

Hundreds of “Nuts & Jolts” cartoons by Bill Holman from the 1930s and 40s!

University of Chicago | Arts Club of Chicago | The Smart Gallery
The Study Chicago on Fulton

For more information:

Revolutionary Imagination: Chicago Surrealism from Object to Activism is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Revolutionary Imagination: Chicago Surrealism from Object to Activism is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Arts Club of Chicago, the Art History Department of the University of Chicago, and the France Chicago Center. 



1968: Object by Robert Green, poetry by Franklin Rosemont (Barbara’s Bookstore window)


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