The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Members Morning: War and Surrealism


Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 9:00 AM

In the aftermath of WWI, the German-born artist Max Ernst said, “We young people came back from the war in a state of stupefaction at the absurdity, the total swinishness and imbecility of what had gone on for four years.”

Ernst later became a member of the Surrealists, an artistic and philosophical movement that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind. For our October Members Morning, UAMA docent Gerry Bates will explore Surrealism’s European origins in the early 20th Century, as well as how the movement and its most noteworthy adherents were shaped by conflict.

The talk will highlight works in the UAMA collection by artists like Max Ernst, Federico Castellón and Dorothea Tanning, and will be followed by a pop-up mini exhibition.

Come mingle with fellow members over coffee, pastries and eight centuries of art. Please register below to join us!


Members Morning is a series where the UAMA opens one hour early to Museum Members on the first Saturday of every month and offers exclusive programming. Not yet a UAMA Member? Learn about the benefits.

Image (From the Collection) | Max Ernst, Arizona Nightingale, ca. 1946, Oil on canvas, Bequest of Kay Sage Tanguy