The Menil Collection

Exhibition Reception: Photography and the Surreal Imagination

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2020 – Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2020

07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Cartier-Bresson_Photography and the Surreal Imagination

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Florence, Tuscany, 1933, printed 1985. Gelatin silver print, 9 3/8 x 14 ¼ in. (23.8 x 36.2 cm). The Menil Collection, Houston. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

The public are invited to an evening reception in celebration of the exhibition, Photography and the Surreal Imagination, on view through June 14, 2020 in the main building. Join us for refreshments in the foyer with extended hours from 7 to 9 p.m. The reception coincides with the opening week of FotoFest 2020.

About the exhibition:
This exhibition presents the wide reach of the surreal imagination in modern and contemporary photography. Anchored in historical Surrealism, it explores photography’s central tension between documentation and invention, a generative force for artists connected to this group and beyond. These artists produced images that teeter between truth and suggestion, reality and its invented double. Drawn from the Menil’s holdings and Houston collections, the exhibition demonstrates how this vision of photography continues to hold sway and how artists have used the camera to reshape, question, and disturb the way we see the world.

This exhibition is generously supported by the City of Houston.

This event is part of the French Cultures Festival coordinated by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston, TX.


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