Fellows' Presentation

In the Company of Women: Desire, Subjectivity, and the Surrealist Imagination

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Part of the 2011–2012 Fellows' Presentation Series.

At the Radcliffe Institute, Whitney Chadwick will focus on the roles of same-sex relationships in the formation of artistic subjectivity, identity, and autonomy among artists associated with surrealism in the 1930s and 1940s. Drawing on a significant body of work by women—drawings, letters, paintings, photographs, and writings—she will trace the depth and complexity of female friendships in ways that challenge the current historical record and that draw on recent scholarship in the areas of animal/human interaction, cultural history, kinship, and sexuality.