|“Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” by Frida Kahlo|
|"Birthday" by Dorothea Tanning|
|"Self-Portrait" by Rosa Rolanda|
Beautiful dreamers were gathered at LACMA. I was very lucky to see them!
The 175 works in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s exhibition “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States” presented the work of 47 female surrealists—some marginalized, some muses, and all extraordinary. Frida Kahlo portrays herself in miniature alongside her “greater” husband, Diego Rivera. Yayoi Kusama stages her own gender-bending rabbit hole in Central Park, infiltrating José de Creeft’s bronze Alice in Wonderland. Curators Ilene Susan Fort and Tere Arcq, of LACMA and Mexico City’s Museo de Arte Moderno, respectively, hope to provide a foil to surrealism’s long-standing gender bias—as well as explore how these artists found their greatest inspiration away from the movement’s center, in Paris. “North America wasn’t as bound to social mores and gender roles,” says Fort. “There was just greater freedom.”