Museum goers will enjoy 175 works that include paintings, sculptures, objects, photographs and short films.
The installation describes how a number of these women found their artistic freedom when changing residencys from Europe to America. Some of them found it in the United States, others in Mexico city.
'In Wonderland' shows the works of 47 female artists. A few well known names, recognizable names and others not so much; however, the art is just as powerfull.
Dr. Ilene Susan Fort, Co-Curator of this exhibit, explains how this came about as well as how these women felt when capturing their own reality.
These women have a
dialogue with the public, they express the independence that they could not
find in Europe
Leonora Carrington was already working in Europe but seemed to really blossom more when she settled in Mexico city. She was in Europe involved with Max Ernst and while she did marry a photographer in Mexico city –another exile- Mexico offered her somewhat of an isolation but also a freedom. She did not have to follow what where the dominant trends at the time, off course it did not interest her much at all, not until the end of her career.
Do you think this ‘lack of independence’ was a matter of gender?
|'Selpf portrait'-Helen Lundeberg|
|“First Papers of Surrealism” installation by Marcell Duchamp|
Friedrich Kiesler the austrian surrealist, he was primarily an architect, he did strings around the same time for one of Peggy Guggenheim's commercial galleries, “Art of this century” also in New York City. His was not as chaotic. So I asked our designer to think about those and others I gave her a book on it, and she went on the web too; Came back, and I discussed the surrealists with her, specially the women who had difficult careers and broken spirits, some of them had mental problems as a result of them, or just had them. Some of them also committed suicide and some of the paintings are about those emotional problems.
|wire sculpture by Alice Rahon|
Most of the women are unknown, except for Frida Khalo and Remedios Varo, but less people here do not know Remedios Varo. But they are spending a lot of time in the exhibition and looking a lot more. It is amazing they are spending an hour and a half, two hours here.
|Remedios Varo-Papilla Estelar (Celestial Pablum)|
|Remedios Varo 'La Huída (The Escape)|
and she does it so beautifully and then she combines religion and esoteric methods,
|Remedios Varo. Creacion de las aves|
she was just wonderful and we have great examples.
|Remedios Varo-Mujer saliendo del psicoanalista|