Perpetual Motif: The Art of Man Ray

December 2, 1988 – February 20, 1989

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

3rd Floor Floor Plan

This major retrospective includes 268 paintings, works on paper, photographs, rayographs, films, and objects by Ray, considered one of the founding fathers of modernism and a pioneer of both Dada and Surrealism. The artist, known for his wit and imaginativeness, developed techniques and images that, although startling to his contemporaries, represent ideas familiar to today's artists. One such technique that Man Ray pioneered is the rayograph, which is a photograph made by placing objects on light sensitive paper. On view in a small theater within the exhibition are 4 short surrealist films created by Man Ray: --Retour a la raison (Return to Reason) --Emak Bakia (Basque for "give us a rest") --L'Etoile de mer (Starfish) --Le Mystere du chateau de des (The Mystery of the Castle of Dice)

Born Emmanuel Radnitsky in Philadelphia in 1890 and reared in New York, the American artist lived in Paris from 1921 until his death in 1976, settling briefly in Los Angeles during World War II.