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EXHIBITION: Lucid Dreaming: Surrealism and Fantasy
October 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until October 27, 2017
The University of Alabama’s Paul R. Jones Gallery will exhibit “Lucid Dreaming: Surrealism and Fantasy in the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art.” Free to the public, the exhibit is open now through Oct. 27 at the Paul R. Jones Gallery in downtown Tuscaloosa.
The exhibit, coming from the over 2,000-piece collection, highlights sculpture, paintings, photographs and prints that all exude surrealism in one way or another. Each piece, however, showcases collection manager Emily Bibb’s favorite aspect of surrealism: dreams.
“When I think about surrealism, I like to think about those Art History 101 pieces you’d see, like Salvador Dali’s melting clocks and things like that. Like ‘is this real or am I dreaming?’” Bibb said. “And so I really wanted to incorporate that dreaminess aspect of it, and it worked really well with the pieces that we had for this exhibition.”
The dreaminess aspect of surrealist pieces inspired the title of the exhibit. Whether a traditional dream-style painting or a nightmarish sculpture, each work shows a different aspect of a dream.
These pieces, along with the others in the exhibit, all come from the Paul R. Jones Collection at The University of Alabama. Paul R. Jones was a passionate collector who sought to exhibit a wide variety of artists, highlighting African-American work.
The Paul R. Jones Gallery is located in downtown Tuscaloosa at 2306 6th Street. Gallery hours are 9a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 8 p.m. on every first Friday.