Beyond the Real: Dada and Surrealism | Newberry

Beyond the Real: Dada and Surrealism

Led by Margaret Farr
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Five sessions, Thursdays, February 11 - March 11

2 - 4 pm (Central Time)

Full. Email to be added to the wait list.

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to

Seminar Description

The horrors of World War I prompted some artists in Europe and America to critique prevailing political and cultural values. Formed mid-war, Dada featured irrationality, chance, and unconventional formats. In the 1920s and beyond, the Surrealists also favored subversive subjects and styles. Employing unexpected juxtapositions and practices cultivating the unconscious, artists produced works ranging from dream-like imagery to abstract and suggestive forms. The seminar culminates in a virtual tour of Surrealist art in Chicago museums.

Five sessions. Registration – $220

Margaret Farr is an independent art historian with a PhD specializing in art from 1800 to the present. She teaches courses at the Newberry and the University of Chicago’s Graham School and is an adjunct lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Materials List


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Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 7 at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.