Pioneering Photographer Claude Cahun

The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection
Tate St Ives: Exhibition
14 October 2014 – 10 May 2015

‘Pioneering artists from across Europe, the Americas and Japan will be shown at Tate St Ives for the first time in The Modern Lens. This will be the largest display of photographic works ever to be exhibited at the gallery.’ – Tate St Ives.

‘We sometimes think of abstraction and surrealism as opposing forces: the universal language of abstraction versus the personal language of surrealism, which was inspired by the unconscious. But this section of The Modern Lens suggests how these two currents sometimes converged in depictions of the landscape.

Claude Cahun in particular offers a really interesting point of connection in terms of landscape conflating abstraction and surrealism.’ – Tate.

Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore at Jersey  Museum

Jersey  Museum and Art Gallery: On display in the Art Gallery you will find the work of Claude Cahun, recognised worldwide as one of the leading artists of the Surrealist movement. Jersey Museum cares for one of the largest collections of Cahun’s work, which comprises photographs, original manuscripts, first editions, books and other personal material.  Find out more about Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore.

Claude Cahun at Jeu de Paume 2011

Claude Cahun – video by Jeu de Paume, France, 2011

The exhibition of Claude Cahun’s photographs at Jeu de Paume in Paris, France in 2011, and later exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 featured a wide selection of the artist’s works, some of which have seldom been exhibited. In the above video curators François Leperlier and Juan Vicente Aliaga discusses her work. Below art historian Amelia Jones discusses the ways Claude Cahun redefined the role of women in the arts.

No More Potlucks, a Canadian Print-on-demand Journal of Art, Politics and Culture

Hello and Happy New Year!

So excited to share two new interviews – on feminism, art, porn, collaboration, and representation – with artists A.L. Steiner and A.K. Burns in the current issue of No More Potlucks. It’s available online and print-on-demand.

Best wishes for a healthy, happy, productive 2012,

Anthea Black

The Cover of No More Potlucks, Issue 19NOMOREPOTLUCKS no. 19, Issue jan - fev. 2012.
Online and print-on-demand journal of art, politics and culture. (Cover right)

Allyson Mitchell, Jessica Whitbread & Alex McClelland

Riding the Wet, Wet Wave: An Interview with A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner on Community Action Center Anthea Black

Trending Homonationalism
Natalie Kouri-Towe

Elisha Lim and Rae Spoon: Talking Shop

The Women Tell Their Stories, and other poems
Ching-In Chen

“Whether thatʼs audio art or sound art, honestly I would say I couldn’t care less”: A conversation with Nancy Tobin
Owen Chapman

Switching Power: An Interview with A.L. Steiner
Anthea Black

Switching Power

Claude Cahun
Eloisa Aquino

Cripping Community: New Meanings of Disability and Community
Eliza Chandler

99 problems

« Issue de secours : à vous les militants »
Adleen Crapo

Production still by A.L. Steiner

Production still by A.L. Steiner

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Lover Other. The Story of Claude Cahun and Marcel More

Trailer: Lover Other: The Story of Claude Cahun and Marcel from Barbara Hammer on Vimeo

1920′s Surrealist artists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore come to life in this hybrid documentary. Lesbians and step-sisters, the gender-bending artists lived and worked together all their lives. Heroic resisters to the Nazis occupying Jersey Isle during WWII, they were captured and sentenced to death.

Award-winning queer filmmaker Barbara Hammer (USA) infuses her film with vigor using photographs, archival footage, dramatic interludes of a “found Cahun script”, and unique interviews of Jersey Isle residents who knew the “sisters”.

Related Links
Barbara Hammer’s video stream at Vimeo
Barbara Hammer’s website

Claude Cahun Retrospective in Barcelona

Claude Cahun Retrospective in Barcelona

French lesbian photographer Claude Cahun’s surrealist works are growing more and more popular. Go see the latest retrospective of her works in Barcelona:

Claude Cahun
28 October 2011 to 2 February 2012 at
Centre de Imatge, Barcelona, Spain

“After many years of relative obscurity, the photographs of Claude Cahun (born Lucy Schwob, 1894-1954) are now very much at the forefront of art history. They have featured in numerous exhibitions over the last twenty years and been the subject of many studies. This retrospective, the first to be organised on this scale in sixteen years, sets out to show the diversity and essential unity of her art, but also to place it in the context of the artist’s intellectual development, the boldness and singularity of which significantly inform today’s scene.
This exhibition was organized by Jeu de Paume, París, and coproduced with La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, and The Art Institute of Chicago.” – Centre de Imatge

“Lizzie Thynne’s film ‘Playing a Part: the story of Claude Cahun’ is showing from 28 October 2011 to 2 February 2012 at Centre de Imatge, the major contemporary art gallery of Barcelona, as part of the touring solo show of the surrealist artist, Cahun’s, work. The show has moved from the Jeu de Paume in Paris where it closed in September after a very successful run which attracted over 77,000 visitors. The exhibition continues to the Art Institute of Chicago in Spring.” – the blog of University of Sussex

Related Link
Lesbian Art Herstory: Claude Cahun