November, 1999

Through sixty-two paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, artists' books and sequences from twenty-one films, this exhibition explores the relationship to art of dreams and the unconscious mind in a variety of approaches.

Some painters have tried to represent dreams: the symbolist vision of Alfred Kubin, the poetic and delicate vision of Paul Klee, and the violent obsessive vision of Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum are but a few. Other artists have drawn inspiration from the symbolic content of their dreams, like Jasper John in "Two Flags." Surrealist works such as those of Magritte and Dali were the first systematic attempts to glean from the perspective of psychoanalysis, while Germaine Richier's sculpture "Man of the Night" explores the hybrid forms of unconscious life.

The exhibition "Dreams 1900-2000: Science, Art, and the Unconscious Mind" not only highlights well-known contemporary artists such as Jim Dine, Bill Viola, Michael Lucero and Arnulf Rainer, but curator Lynn Gamwell also selected emerging artists from all over the world: book artist Robbin Silverberg (New York), Juan Gonzalez (Cuba), Javier Silva Meinel (Peru), Alfredo Castaneda (Mexico), and Duck-Hyun (Korea). Finnish artist Maaria Wirkkala's "Dream Screen," a black rectangle that she blew on the gallery wall out of coal dust, succeeds with extreme economy in transforming any passer-by into a day-dreamer.

"Starker Traum" ("Vivid Dream") 1929 Paul Klee

"We Are Near To Awakening, When We Dream that We Dream" 1989
Birgit Jürgenssen

"Dreams 1900-2000: Science, Art, and the Unconscious Mind"
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"Starker Traum" ("Vivid Dream") by Paul Klee is copyright © 1999 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. "We Are Near To Awakening, When We Dream that We Dream" by Birgit Jürgenssen is copyright © Birgit Jürgenssen, included in "Dreams" courtesy the artist and Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna.

Images reproduced by permission of The Equitable Gallery.

"Dreams 1900-2000" was organized by the Binghamton University Art Museum of the State University of New York, with support from the Lucy Daniels Foundation.