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Pioneering scholar and acclaimed author Whitney Chadwick at IMMA

Press Release   24 September 2013
Pioneering scholar and acclaimed author Whitney Chadwick at the Irish Museum of Modern Art
Thursday 3 October, 6.00pm, IMMA
The first major retrospective in Ireland of the work of Surrealist painter Leonora Carrington is currently on show in the Garden Galleries at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The Celtic Surrealist is a timely rediscovery of one of the last Surrealist painters and her role in the Surrealist art movement. On the occasion of The Celtic Surrealist , IMMA has invited pioneering scholar and acclaimed author, Whitney Chadwick to give a presentation based on her personal recollections of the challenges and rewards of working with the artist Leonora Carrington.

This is followed by a conversation with curator of the exhibition Seán Kissane (Curator, Exhibitions, IMMA) which explores Chadwick’s latest research on female friendships and Surrealism in the 1930s and 1940s, and why Carrington played a significant role as the genesis for Chadwick’s forthcoming book The Mobilized Muse: Female Friendship and the Surrealist Imagination in War.

Whitney Chadwick is Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University and a Fellow of Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute. She is an art historian who lectures widely on surrealism, gender, and contemporary art and has contributed to and edited numerous publications on the history of women and surrealism. Her pioneering book Women Art and Society which was first published in 1990 is now in its fifth edition.

Her books include Myth in Surrealist Painting ; Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement ; Significant Others: Creativity and Intimate Partnership (edited with Isabelle de Courtivron); Leonora Carrington: la realidad de la imaginacion ; Mirror Images: Women Surrealism , and Self-Representation ; The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris between the Wars (edited with Tirza True Latimer); and Amazons in the Drawing Room: The Art of Romaine Brooks.

Admission to the Keynote Conversation with Whitney Chadwick is free. Booking essential on or tel: 01 612 9918.

For further information and images please contact Monica Cullinane or Patrice Molloy at Tel: +353 1 612 9900, Email:

24 September 2013


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