The past year has been a period of upheaval for the Cantor Arts Center, with the departure of Executive Director Connie Wolf and the reinstallation of the permanent collection galleries. It seems appropriate, therefore, that the museum ended 2016 on a surrealistic note — literally — with the opening of a major exhibition that explores the history and legacy of one of the 20th century’s most influential movements, surrealism.
“The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism,” on view through April 3, was organized by the Cantor but builds upon an exhibition that was seen earlier this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. It contains more than 60 objects, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs drawn from both institutions and Stanford’s Special Collections Libraries. Installed in thematic groupings (poetry, film, etc.), the exhibition follows the path of the movement from Andre Breton’s groundbreaking manifesto in 1924