Talk: A Mouthful of Fur – The hairy, furry and beastly symbolism of female surrealists

Hear Dr Chelsea Nichols untangle the symbolic use of animal fur in artworks by female surrealist artists including Meret Oppenheim, Dorothea Tanning, and Leonora Carrington.

  • When | Āhea Sat 14 Aug 2021, 2.00pm–3.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Te Marae, Level 4
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

In this talk Dr Chelsea Nichols (Senior Curator, The Dowse Art Museum) will take a close look at the hairy beasties flouncing through the work of Meret Oppenheim, Dorothea Tanning, Louise Bourgeois, and Leonora Carrington (among others), this talk will reveal the ways these artists have used fur to explore the dangerous pleasures of female sexuality. Expect it to be funny, furry and fascinating!

Chelsea is a curator who specialises in the strange, dark corners of art history, and writes the blog The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things. She is currently the Senior Curator at The Dowse Art Museum, and formerly worked at Te Papa as Curator Modern Art where she had a particular interest in researching the influence of surrealism on New Zealand art.

After the talk, check out Surrealist Art | He Toi Pohewa.

This event does not include entry to Surrealist Art.

A headshot of a woman with black glasses and her hair in a bun on top of her head.


Dr Chelsea Nichols, Senior Curator, The Dowse Art Museum. Supplied