A Preview of In Wonderland: Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States.

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When you think of Surrealism, which names come to mind? Salvador Dali? Rene Magritte?

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art aims to broaden your association with the term Surrealism with its current exhibition In Wonderland: Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists. Curated by Ilene Susan Fort and Tere Arcq, In Wonderland is the first exhibition devoted to female surrealist artists from the United States and Mexico.

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Nearly fifty artists, including Frida Kahlo, Dorothea Tanning, Remedios Varo and Alice Rahon, demonstrate that women were more than a muse for men. They were creators, innovators, independent and as bold as their male counterparts. They were women who sought to reconstruct their identities through self-representation while exploring their relationships with others, confronting the objectification of women and exorcising their personal demons.

In Wonderland presents approximately 175 works, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper and film. The exhibit is divided into themes – Identity; The Body and Fetishes; The Creative Woman; Romance and Domesticity; Games and Technical Innovations; North America, The Land, Native People, and Myths; Abstraction; Politics; and Feminism.

On view: January 23rd – May 6th 2012.

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Rachel Matos is a museum professional and founder of the lifestyle blog The Art Muse. For more information you can visit her site RachelMatos.com or follow her on Twitter.