Surreal Escape

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Taught by J.R. Pepper

J.R. Pepper is a photographer, artist and researcher with an MA in art history specializing in Surrealism and Victorian spirit photography. Her work featured on a variety of websites, album covers, galleries, press releases and publications, including  Haunted America:FAQ by Dave Thompson. She  has spoken at various conventions and panels including New York Anime Festival, New York Comic Con, Tokyo in Tulsa, Salon Con, Catland Books, The Morbid Anatomy Museum and the NY branch of The Odd Salon. She lives in New York and works as an imaging producer  and an assistant at The Burns Archive.  

image credit: Bill Wadman

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The Surrealist art movement takes place in a perilous time in history- acting as a response to The Great War, and having to escape because of the impending Second World War.

As a result of the Nazi persecution, and being labeled as ‘degenerate artists’, many of the Surrealists artists, writers and founders were forced to leave their homes hastily behind. They seek out asylum in Mexico and the United States. In this talk, we will explore several of these artists and how their work and lives responded to the threat of World War II.

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