Symposium | "Man Ray | Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism"

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Portrait of Man Ray, 1931 Gelatin Silver Print © Lee Miller Archives, England 2011 / Photograph by Lee Miller
Neck, c. 1930 Gelatin Silver Print. The Roland Penrose Collection, England © 2010 Man Ray Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Courtesy of The Penrose Collection. All rights reserved
Symposium | "Man Ray | Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism"

Clement St & 34th Ave
Lincoln Park
94121 San Francisco
July 14th, 2012 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tue-Sun 9:30-5:15
symposium, panel discussion
Advanced reservations are required for all attendees. Members: Free Non-members ($1 handling fee per ticket): Adults $20 Seniors 65+ $18 Students with current ID $10 Tickets include admission to the permanent collection and special exhibition.

Florence Gould Theater

10 – 10:10 am 


Julian Cox
Host and Discussant

Julian Cox is Founding Curator of Photography and Chief Curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a position he has held since fall 2010.  His previous experience includes five years leading the photography program at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and a decade working with the photography collection at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Cox has organized numerous exhibitions that span the history of photography, from the dawn of the medium to contemporary practice in the United States. He holds a BA from the University of Manchester and an M.Phil from the University of Wales.  He is the author of many scholarly articles and essays including (with co-author, Colin Ford) the critically acclaimed publication: Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs (2003). His recent publications include:- The Portrait Unbound: Photographs by Robert Weingarten (2010), Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968 (2008), and Harry Callahan: Eleanor (2007).


10:10 – 10:50 am

Phillip Prodger
Man Ray
ǀLee Miller: Partners in Surrealism – An Exhibition Overview

Phillip Prodger is Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, and the exhibition curator for Man Ray ǀLee Miller: Partners in Surrealism.  Prodger has a BA from Williams College, an MA from Stanford University and a Phd from Cambridge University. He has wide ranging scholarly and curatorial interests in European and American works on paper from the nineteenth century to the present, with a particular focus on the history of photography. Prodger has held curatorial positions at the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University and the Saint Louis Art Museum, and has received fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Canada. He is the author of numerous essays and several books including most recently, Ansel Adams: at the Water’s Edge (2012), Ernst Haas: Color Correction (2011), The Mind’s Eye: Fifty Years of Photography by Jerry Uelsmann (2010), and Darwin’s Camera: Art and Photography in the Theory of Evolution (2010).     


10:50 – 11:30 am

Julie Martin
Working Together: Artists and Models in Montparnasse, 1880-1930

Julie Martin is an independent scholar and writer. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1938, Martin received a B.A. from Radcliffe College and an M.A. in Public Law and Government from Columbia University. She was co-editor with Billy Klüver and Barbara Rose of Pavilion (1972), which documented the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) project to bring together artists and engineers to design, build and program the Pepsi Pavilion for Expo ‘70, Osaka, Japan. Together with Billy Klüver, Martin wrote Kiki's Paris (1988) on the art community in Montparnasse from 1880 to 1930. Martin and Klüver edited and annotated Kiki's Memoirs (1996), as well as numerous articles on the artists’ quarter of Montparnasse and essays on Man Ray, Chaim Soutine and Gino Severini, as well as contemporary artists, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Breer and David Tudor. Martin is currently the Director of E.A.T. and is working as a curatorial adviser on a series of exhibitions on the history of E.A.T.  She is also editing a collection of writings on art and technology by Billy Klüver for the University of California Press.


11:30 am – 1pm  BREAK (Lunch is not provided with admission, the Legion cafe will be open)


1 – 1:40 pm

Steven Manford
Day One: Lee Miller, Man Ray, and the Fabled Meeting at Le Bateau

Steven Manford is an independent scholar and art historian. He is Canadian born and educated and lives in Toronto. A specialist in the photographs and Rayographs of Man Ray, Manford is the author of Behind the Photo: The Stamps of Man Ray (2006), an essential guide for understanding Man Ray's photographs. He coauthored (with Wendy Grossman) the essay “Unmasking Man Ray's Noire et blanche” (2006). Manford serves as a consultant to auction houses, photography dealers and private collectors, who regularly seek out his expertise. He has lectured widely and is the author of a forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the Rayographs of Man Ray.


1:40 – 2:20 pm

Antony Penrose
Man Ray: The Magic Man 

Antony Penrose is the son of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose and as the director of the Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection he has been working on the conservation and dissemination of his parents work for most of the thirty years that have elapsed since they died.  He began by writing his mother’s biography, titled The Lives of Lee Miller (1995) and then he edited Lee Miller’s War (2005).  He wrote a memoir of his father titled Roland Penrose, The Friendly Surrealist (2001) followed by a book about his parents and their life at Farley Farm, The Home of The Surrealists (2008), in which he shares what life was like growing up with them amongst their Surrealist friends. His most recent work is an autobiographical children’s book, The Boy Who Bit Picasso (2011),which is available in nine languages. Penrose lectures widely and organizes exhibitions of his parents work. He has also written and produced an award winning play, The Angel and the Fiend, based on Lee Miller’s Life. A feature film based on his book The Lives of Lee Miller is planned for release in 2014.    


2:20 – 3pm
Panel discussion with speakers facilitated by Julian Cox

The symposium will be followed by book signings of The Boy Who Bit Picasso, by Antony Penrose, and the exhibition catalogue, by Phillip Prodger.

Ticket Information

Advanced reservations are required for all attendees. 
Members: Free

Non-members ($1 handling fee per ticket):
Adults $20
Seniors 65+ $18
Students with current ID $10
Tickets include admission to the permanent collection and special exhibition. 

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