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Past Exhibition

  • Ilse Bing
    Danseuse-Cancan, Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1931
    © Ilse Bing Estate/Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
    Courtesy Zabriskie Gallery, NY

  • Ilse Bing
    Eiffel Tower, 1934
    © Estate of Ilse Bing/Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
    Courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

  • Man Ray
    Barbette Applying Makeup, 1926
    © 2009 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
    The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

  • Hans Bellmer
    La Poupée (The Doll), 1934
    © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
    Courtesy of Ubu Gallery, New York & Galerie Berinson, Berlin

  • Voila, May 4, 1935
    International Center of Photography

Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris

JANUARY 29–MAY 9, 2010

Paris was a city of fantasy and chance encounters for Surrealist artists of the 1920s and '30s. During this period of unprecedented social and cultural transformation, photography played a dramatic new role in both avant-garde practice and mass culture. In their works, photographers such as Jacques-André Boiffard, Brassaï, Ilse Bing, André Kertész, Germaine Krull, Dora Maar, and Man Ray used fragmentation, montage, unusual viewpoints, and various technical manipulations to expose the disjunctive and uncanny aspects of modern urban life. In Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris, guest curator Terry Lichtenstein has assembled over 150 photographs, films, books, periodicals, and Surrealist ephemera to show how real and imaginary versions of Paris were constructed through photographic images.

"Once Shocking, Now Poetic," The New York Times

Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee, with guest curator Therese Lichtenstein. The ICP presentation is made possible with support from Robert and Gayle Greenhill and other anonymous donors.