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Salvador Dalí: Surrealism and Beyond

Online / On-Site / Art in Context

Wednesdays, March 16 – April 6, 1 – 3pm


Carl Van Vechten. Portrait of Salvador Dali (detail), 1939. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

Registration opens December 9 at 10am; member presale begins December 7 at 10am. Join now.

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About the Class

Known for his melting clocks and nuclear Madonnas, the Spanish artist Salvador Dalí is both famous and controversial within the history of European modern art. This course explores Dalí’s prolific career and dazzling (at times shocking) imagination through a diverse range of media spanning over 60 years. Special attention will be given to the artist’s Catalan heritage, his membership in and eventual expulsion from the surrealist group, the influence of his wife Gala on his art and market success, as well as his anti-modernist tendencies involving religious conversion, support of the Franco regime, and the embrace of popular culture.

This course takes place at the Barnes in the Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium, but is also available for online enrollment. All students, whether on-site or remote, will have the opportunity to participate in class discussions. More about online classes.

On-site capacity: 100 Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this class in person; masks are also required.


Carl Van Vechten. Portrait of Salvador Dali, 1939. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection


Jonathan Wallis

Wallis is professor of art history and humanities at Moore College of Art & Design, and served as the Penny and Bob Fox Distinguished Professor from 2015 to 2018. His current research focuses on the intersection of ethics, socially engaged art, and critical pedagogy. His work has been published in Art and the Public Sphere, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Papers of Surrealism, and Woman’s Art Journal, among others.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?