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A Truly Surreal Experience: Displaying the Bold and Bizarre

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By: Victoria Crosdale

10/26/19, St. Petersburg College

Thursday, ‘October 24th’ The Leepa Rattner Museum of Art was host to an event titled A Night of Surrealist Games. It was a night championing the art style of surrealism with exhibits and activities.

Of the art on display, featured works included Deborah Master’s SPIRITS and ALTARed States, From the Collection.

The SPIRITS collection is described as Masters’ “vision of humans and animals in their social, existential, and spiritual dimensions.” The mixed media pieces are monumental in size and hang from the museum ceiling to create a floating motion indicative of supernatural beings.

ALTARed States is a collection of contemporary artwork inspired by “sacred artifacts and altarpieces.

I was able to speak with the Museum Educational Assistant, Jade Belanger, who gladly answered my questions regarding some of the details surrounding the program.

She told me that the museum’s name sake Abraham Ratter was heavily inspired by the Surrealist movement, and as a result they were inspired to create this event.

Students may be wondering why they should be moved to visit the museum. To those wary of making the trip Belanger says this: “you can find art in every subject and every day of your life so it’s a very important thing to study.”

Overall A Night of Surrealist Games was an enticing experience that left me in anticipation for the next museum exhibition.


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