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Thursday, November 1
 

5:00pm EDT

Welcome Reception
Food and Drink! (enough for a light dinner)
Participants may pick up registration materials (name badge, edible swag, etc.).

Chairs
avatar for Abigail Susik

Abigail Susik

Associate Professor of Art History, Willamette University
Abigail Susik received her doctorate with distinction in twentieth-century Art History and Theory from Columbia University in 2009, and is currently an Associate Professor of Art History at Willamette University in Oregon. She is the author of many articles on dada and Surrealism... Read More →
avatar for Effie Rentzou

Effie Rentzou

Princeton University
avatar for Jonathan Eburne

Jonathan Eburne

Comparative Litearture, English, French and Francophone Studies, Pennsylvania State University
avatar for Roger Rothman

Roger Rothman

Senior Fellow, Social Justice College
Professor of Art History at Bucknell University. Author of "Tiny Surrealism: Salvador Dali and the Aesthetics of the Small" (Nebraska 2012); co-editor of "Beyond Critique: Contemporary Art in Theory, Practice, and Instruction" (Bloomsbury 2017); currently working on a book on Fluxus... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Campus Theatre

7:00pm EDT

Film Screening
Program of iconic and rare films, an eclectic mix of Surrealism’s various cinematic manifestations, especially as they have surfaced in the American avant-garde.  (Runtime: 95 minutes)

Tusalava
Len Lye (1929 UK), 10 minutes, 35MM
This remarkable animation imagines the beginnings of life on earth. It is a unique film example of “modernist primitivism” – in contrast to the Cubist painters (who were influenced by African art), Lye drew upon traditions of indigenous art from his own region of the world (New Zealand, Australia and Samoa). Lye was also influenced by doodling, which he described as a practice that “cultivates a vacuous seaweed-pod state of kelp as a skull which is attached to a pencil betwixt the arm and the fingers held doodling in turn ‘twixt you and the paper in a rather bemused, empty, harmonious state of an attitude, eyes periphering said paper."

Rose Hobart
Joseph Cornell (1936 U.S.) approx. 20 minutes, 16MM – RESTORATION PRINT!
First screened at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York in December 1936, Rose Hobart was reportedly received as unintelligible and inept, with the significant exception of Salvador Dalí. As legend has it, Dalí – in town for the Museum of Modern Art’s surrealist show—grew so enraged by the film that he kicked over the 16mm projector, which Cornell himself was operating; Dalí, the most envious of artists, had some idea of what Cornell had achieved.

We Had the Experience but Missed the Meaning
Laida Lertxundi (2014 Spain/U.S.), 8 minutes, 16MM
Between Los Angeles and San Diego, California, a moment in a story by Bioy Casares finds a man who prefers driving to making love to Veronica. Crossing desert and sea, screen and page, we pass over that which cannot be said, only shown.

Buñuel Bumpers 
A Surrealist-inspired exhibition experiment!

The Deadman
Peggy Ahwesh (1989 U.S.), 40 minutes, 16MM
"The Deadman charts the adventures of a nearly naked heroine who leaves the corpse of her dead lover in a country house, goes to a bar and sets in motion a scabrous free-form orgy before returning to her house to die. The film manages to approximate the transgressive poetic prose of Bataille (a mixture of elegance, raunchy defilement and barbaric splendor) while celebrating female sexual desire without the usual patriarchal-porn trimmings." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader 

Our Lady of the Sphere 
Lawrence Jordan (1969 U.S.), 10 minutes, 35MM
The mystical Lady with the orbital head moves through the carnival of life in a Surreal Adventure. A classic. Show it to anyone who likes movies. 

Chairs
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Ken Eisenstein

Assistant Professor, Film/Media Studies, Bucknell University
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Rebecca Meyers

Lecturer and Academic Film Programmer, Bucknell University


Thursday November 1, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Campus Theatre

9:00pm EDT

Poetry Reading I
Practitioners speaking both from and back into the Surrealist tradition present selections from their work.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Borkhuis

Charles Borkhuis

Independent Artist
EG

Edgar Garcia

University of Chicago
GK

George Kalamaras

Purdue University
AD

Andrew David King

University of Iowa
avatar for Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello is the author, most recently, of A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (2016) and Body Thesaurus (2013), both from Tupelo Press. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and Best New Poets. She teaches... Read More →
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Aldon Nielsen

Pennsylvania State University
NP

Nina Puro

Belladonna Books

Chairs
GW

G.C. Waldrep

Professor of English, Bucknell University


Thursday November 1, 2018 9:00pm - 10:30pm EDT
Campus Theatre
 
Friday, November 2
 

6:00pm EDT

Exhibition and Buffet Dinner at the Samek Museum
Reception includes food and drink (enough for a light dinner) as well as poems by Surrealists past and present read by Jennifer Militello, Peter Streckfus, and G.C. Waldrep.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello is the author, most recently, of A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (2016) and Body Thesaurus (2013), both from Tupelo Press. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and Best New Poets. She teaches... Read More →
avatar for Peter Streckfus

Peter Streckfus

Associate Professor, George Mason University
Poetry and visual art
GW

G.C. Waldrep

Professor of English, Bucknell University


Friday November 2, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
Elaine Langone Center (third floor)

8:00pm EDT

Poetry Reading II
Practitioners speaking both from and back into the Surrealist tradition present selections from their work.

Speakers
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C Dylan Bassett

University of California, Santa Cruz
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Mary Ann Caws

Graduate School of the City University of New York
avatar for Merrill Cole

Merrill Cole

Professor, Western Illinois University
My poetic practice has long been influenced by Surrealism, so I'm interested in hearing and meeting the poets at the conference. I also want to learn more about contemporary Surrealist scholarship.
avatar for Joanna Fuhrman

Joanna Fuhrman

Rutgers University
Joanna Fuhrman is the author of 5 books of poetry, most recently The Year of Yellow Butterflies (Hanging Loose Press 2015) and Pageant (Alice James Books 2009.) New poems are forthcoming soonish from Fence, ACM, Conduit, Saint Ann's Review and Hanging Loose, She teaches creative... Read More →
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Penelope Rosemont

Independent Artist
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Ron Sakolsky

North American Anarchist Studies Network (NAASN)
avatar for Peter Streckfus

Peter Streckfus

Associate Professor, George Mason University
Poetry and visual art
avatar for Bill Zavatsky

Bill Zavatsky

Independent Artist
Just about anything--or (if you prefer): American Surrealism; André Breton; Robert Desnos; translation; jazz; poetry writing; the teaching of poetry; movies; whatever you like!

Chairs
GW

G.C. Waldrep

Professor of English, Bucknell University


Friday November 2, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
Forum (ELC Second Floor)
 
Saturday, November 3
 

6:30pm EDT

Exhibition, Banquet, and Performance at the Milton Art Bank
Closing Gala at Milton Art Bank with Narcissister and Marquesa Grey!

Come to the Milton Art Bank from 6:30pm – 7:30pm for a private preview of the exhibition SURREALISM, featuring works by Pierre Roy, Francis Picabia, Florine Stettheimer, and others. Then walk a lit path to the Masonic Temple for a private catered dinner at 8pm. Here you will be greeted by your host for the evening, the fabulously incorrigible Marquesa Grey. After dinner you will be treated to an unforgettable performance by the exquisitely titillating Narcissister. Expect the unexpected.


Chairs
avatar for Brice Brown

Brice Brown

Director/Curator, Milton Art Bank
Founded by Brice Brown and housed in a converted 19th century bank in Milton, PA, Milton Art Bank (MAB) is an artist-run experiment and space for creative inquiry. Through exhibitions, performances, and other creative interventions, MAB encourages curious dialogue and engaged participation... Read More →
avatar for Roger Rothman

Roger Rothman

Senior Fellow, Social Justice College
Professor of Art History at Bucknell University. Author of "Tiny Surrealism: Salvador Dali and the Aesthetics of the Small" (Nebraska 2012); co-editor of "Beyond Critique: Contemporary Art in Theory, Practice, and Instruction" (Bloomsbury 2017); currently working on a book on Fluxus... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 6:30pm - 11:30pm EDT
Milton Art Bank 23 S Front St, Milton, PA