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An image containing a black-and-white photographic self-portrait by Francesca Woodman
Group Exhibition

Francesca Woodman - Photography and the Surreal Imagination The Menil Collection

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This exhibition presents the wide reach of the surreal imagination in modern and contemporary photography. Anchored in historical Surrealism, it explores photography’s central tension between documentation and invention, a generative force for artists connected to that movement. These artists produced images that teeter between truth and suggestion, reality and its invented double. Drawn from the Menil’s holdings and Houston collections, the exhibition demonstrates how this vision of photography continues to hold sway and how artists have used the camera to reshape, question, and disturb the way we see the world.

Featured photography: Francesca Woodman

5 February - 29 November 2020

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