Dalí in New York
Thursday, September 11, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Includes the following films:
1936. USA. Directed by Joseph Cornell. The Julien Levy Gallery premiered Cornell's innovative collage film in 1936, and Dalí was in attendance. During the screening, Dalí reportedly exclaimed that Cornell had crept into his subconscious mind and stolen the concept for the film. 19 min.
Dalí's Dream of Venus
1939. USA. This home movie footage, shot at the 1939 New York World's Fair, documents the pavilion known as the Dream of Venus, which was intended to resemble a structure that might be found in the mythical city of Atlantis. The interior contained topless women costumed as mermaids who swam inside tanks of water, among other Surrealist manifestations of dreams, eroticism, and provocation. Courtesy Rick Prelinger. Silent. Approx. 4 min.
Maysles Footage of Salvador Dalí
1966. USA. Directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles. Dalí meets up with a bikini-clad Raquel Welch and feeds her vital statistics into a primitive computer that translates the dimensions into an image. Courtesy Maysles Films. 6 min.
Salvador Dalí, Happenings
1963–64. USA. Directed by Jonas Mekas. Mekas captures a series of Happenings in New York, with appearances by Dalí, Taylor Meade, Peter Beard, and the model Verushka. Courtesy Jonas Mekas. 8 min.
Screen Tests: Salvador Dalí
1966. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. By the mid-1960s Dalí had successfully created a marketable persona that was better known to the public than his paintings. This conflation of art and commerce was of distinct interest to Andy Warhol, and he recorded a pair of screen tests—one shot with the camera upside down—that depict a shrewd Surrealist performance by Dalí. Silent. Approx. 7 min.
Dalí in New York
1966. USA. Directed by Jack Bond. Dalí, amid preparations for an exhibition at the Huntington Gallery of Modern Art, takes to the streets of New York City. He visits the Art Students League studios, comments on the work of Michelangelo, and creates performance art by lying in a coffin atop one million dollars in cash as ants crawl out of a broken egg and across his face. Courtesy Jack Bond. 57 min.