Hi, y’all! It’s that time of week again! Today we’re going to take a look at one of the past courses sponsored by the center.
The course, “The Spirit and the Psyche: Spiritualism, Symbolism, Surrealism,” compared three artistic movements (Spiritualism in England in the mid 1800s, Symbolism in France in the late 1800s, and Surrealism in France in the 1920s and 30s) and their relationships with the supernatural and the psychological.
Rachel K. Oberter, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, guided the class through readings ranging from psychological treatises to artists’ and writers’ memoirs to Surrealist manifestos. The students also attempted their own “automatic drawing,” a technique used in both Spiritualism and Surrealism where the artist enters a trance-like state and draws, guided by the supernatural or the subconscious.
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See you next week!
–Anna and Miriam