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Lecture | It's a Jump to the Left and Then a Step to the Right: Salvador Dali and Chairman Mao
Start Date: 9/28/2015Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 9/28/2015End Time: 9:00 PM

Event Description
Dr. Elliott H. King, Assistant Professor of Art History, Washington and Lee University

In this lecture, Dr. Elliott H. King considers Mao Zedong-inspired works in light of Salvador Dalí’s writings and interviews, revealing the artist’s embrace (and subversion) of the Cultural Revolution and setting a key precedent for subsequent incarnations of Mao’s Pop image. Dalí’s name conjures Surrealist fantasies of soft clocks and burning giraffes while his irresolute politics have been described controversially as “monarchist,” “apolitical,” “fascist,” and even “Hitler-ite.” It is especially surprising, then, to find Dalí gravitating with ostensible seriousness towards an icon of the radical Left, Chairman Mao Zedong. Though a somewhat esoteric period of his work, Dalí’s enthusiasm for Mao in the late-1960s manifested in numerous designs he created for Vogue magazine, photographs, performances, sculptures, and even a set of illustrations of Mao’s poems, an edition of which Willamette University recently acquired.

Elliott H. King is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Washington and Lee University and a leading authority in the work of Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. Educated at the University of Essex and the Courtauld Institute of Art, Dr. King has served on the curatorial committees for many of the most important Dalí exhibitions of the past decade, including Dalí and Film (2007) at the Tate Modern and Dalí: The Late Work at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. His publications include Dalí: The Late Work, published by Yale UP, and Dalí, Surrealism, and Cinema (Kamera Books, 2007).
Location Information:
*WU Campus

*WU Campus - Hallie Ford Museum of Art  (View Map)
700 State Street
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6855

*WU Campus - Hallie Ford Museum of Art  (View Map)
700 State Street
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6855
Room: Roger Hull Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Abigail
Phone: Susik
Email: asusik@willamette.edu
Dr. Elliott H. King
Attachments For This Event:
    > Salvador DalĂ­, Self-Portrait (1972). Mixed Media
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free and open to the public
Event Sponsor(s):
Funded by the College Colloquium and the Sponenburgh lecture fund

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