Leonora Carrington: What She Might Be

Begin Date2007-12-23
End Date2008-03-30
CuratorsDorothy Kosinski
Last Harvested At2022-10-29
Credit LineThis exhibition was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art with Guest Curator Dr. Salomon Grimberg. Air transportation provided by American Airlines. The exhibition was accompanied by an exhibition catalogue graciously underwritten by The Mexico Institute in Dallas.
LocationMary Noel and Bill Lamont Gallery
OrganizerSalomon Grimberg, Guest Curator
DescriptionBritish-turned-Mexican surrealist painter Leonora Carrington turned ninety in April 2007, and the Dallas Museum of Art's new exhibition will celebrate the artist's long and productive life, highlighting works from the late 1930s to the 1980s. Leonora Carrington: What She Might Be at the Dallas Museum of Art will feature approximately twenty-five key works by one of the very few women artists associated with the surrealist movement. The exhibition will also chronicle the stages and key events in Carrington's career, highlighting more than fifty years of painting, along with photographs documenting important moments, those of her daily routine, and the artist at work in her studio. Carrington's story begins in France, where the precocious nineteen-year-old debutante had run away with her lover, Max Ernst. There she was championed by André Breton for her own work of fantastical, dark, satirical writings and paintings based on fairy tales and the occult. Several of these, including "Night Nursery Everything," "The Artist Travelling Incognito" and "Nunscape at Manzanillo" will be on view. Indeed, as the artist herself said in 1983, "I didn't have time to be anyone's muse. . . . I was too busy rebelling against my family and learning to be an artist." "Her extraordinary life and the breadth of her experience - from Celtic legends told in her youth to the surrealism of 1930s Paris - come together in each complex and powerful piece," said Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture and The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art at the DMA. "Her vision is eccentric and wonderful." Carrington's story proceeds to World War II and her escape from the Nazis to Spain, to her time in New York City with other surrealist refugees, and to Mexico City, where she was at the center of Mexican cultural life as part of another circle of surrealist European artists in exile. This period included close friendships with Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel, French poet and surrealist Benjamin Péret, Spanish-Mexican surrealist painter Remedios Varo, Mexican artist and designer Günther Gerzso, Nobel prize-winning poet Octavio Paz, and a host of other Mexican modernists. Finally, the exhibition notes the years of her marriage to Hungarian photographer Chiki Weisz and her life with him and their children in Mexico, as she maintained her connections to Europe while exploring in her art indigenous Mexican culture and beliefs. Guest-curator Dr. Salomon Grimberg, a noted art historian-curator widely published in the field of Latin American art, has known the artist for many years. Dr. Dorothy Kosinski will supervise the exhibition.