WHAT DREAMS MAY COME: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection
Curated by Courtney Anich and Alisa Reynolds, UK art history graduate students and interns in the Art Museum's registration department, "What Dreams May Come" presents a selection of artwork depicting a range of subliminal subjects--from angelic dreams to violent nightmares, and everything in between. A wide variety of styles and media by international artists working in the late nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries are included.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, artists became especially fascinated with depicting the inner workings of the human mind. Inspired by Sigmund Freud's "An Interpretation of Dreams" (1899) and other theories and discoveries, Surrealist artists began to create worlds in which everyday reality is replaced with strange and mysterious interpretations of the subconscious. The appeal of this subject continues into the present day.
The title of the exhibition comes from one of Shakespeare's most famous soliloquies. The tragic hero Hamlet muses:
To die, to sleep--
To sleep--perchance to dream; ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.
IMAGE CREDIT: GERALD FERSTMAN, "COLOR ME GRAPE GOYA THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS", ETCHING ON PAPER
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