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Surrealism and Photograms: Hands-on Photography History

Noon Studio Arts Course

Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00QG
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Materials for this program

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Rayograph (untitled), 1922, by Man Ray

NOTE: Registration will close for this program at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, April 23, 2021.

Delve into the fascinating history of photography as an art form in this unique program that combines a lecture with a hands-on project. Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of the photo surrealists—Man Ray, Laszlo Maholy Nagy, Hannah Höch, and others—and explores how they pushed the boundaries of photographic imagery in the 1920s to 1940s.

Photograms (or rayograms) were popularized by Man Ray and are camera-less images created with photographic materials. Collages were often created with found materials. In the hands-on portion of the program, participants will make their own surrealist collages. Participants will be given a list of materials—such as postcards, old magazines, glue, and scissors—to gather prior to the class.

The class is appropriate both for photographers of all experience levels as well as non-photographers interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the form’s technical and artistic evolution.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

Other Information

  • The instructor is Patricia Howard.
  • One 2.5-hour session
  • This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction.

Patron Information

  • If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.
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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.