Salvador Dalí: Consumer/Consumed
August 4–September 15, 2008
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Dalí: Painting and Film.
Dalí frequented the Cineclub Español in Madrid, where he saw not only European avant-garde films, but also American films such as The Mark of Zorro (1920) and Tom Mix Westerns. The cinematographic language that Dalí absorbed as a viewer later played a pivotal role in the paintings and films he made; in turn, Dalí's representations were absorbed by other artists. For example, the clear visual interrelationship between the 1917 footage of opthalmological surgery performed by Spanish surgeon Dr. Barraquer, the notorious slitting of the eye in Un Chien andalou (1928), and the wall of vigilant eyes in Noam Murro's television commercial Stolen Car (2007) provides a living example of this continuum of production and influence among artists and filmmakers. This exhibition presents films that influenced Dalí as well as those that demonstrate his influence.