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Surrealism and the American West: André Breton's "Hopi Notebook"
Start Date: 2/20/2018Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 2/20/2018End Time: 9:00 PM
Event Description
Katharine Conley considers the founder of the surrealist movement’s practice of collecting in light of the notebook he kept on his trip to visit the Hopi reservation in August 1945, the month the United States bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Breton’s theories of the object anticipate current debates about the animacy of things by such contemporary theorists as Jane Bennett and Mel Chen by about 50 years. His belief in the liveliness of repurposed things, haunted by their former lives, was particularly pertinent to the Hopi Katchina dolls he collected on his trip to the American West and subsequently kept close to him in his apartments in New York and Paris. These things had an impact on surrealist thought through the memories they stirred in him of the dances he had witnessed during his visit and recorded in the “Notebook” and his “Ode to Charles Fourier.” Breton’s “Hopi Notebook” adds a missing piece to our understanding of the premier avant-garde movement of the twentieth century through the way Breton, in his notes, sought to capture his evolving understanding of what it means to be human.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Hallie Ford Museum of Art
700 State Street
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6855

*WU Campus - Hallie Ford Museum of Art
700 State Street
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6855
Room: Roger Hull Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Abigail Susik
Phone: 503-370-6124
Email: asusik@willamette.edu
Conley
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free and open to the public
Event Sponsor(s):
The Department of Art History, Willamette University and the Sponenburgh Lecture Fund
Other Details:
Kate (Katharine) Conley is a professor of French and Francophone Studies at William & Mary where she is also Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. She is the author of books and articles on the surrealist movement, most recently of Surrealist Ghostliness (Nebraska UP, 2013) and "Collecting Ghostly Things: André Breton and Joseph Cornell" in Modernism/Modernity (April 2017).

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