Art Renaissance Lectures


February 8:  The Surrealists    (6 – 7:30 p.m.)

René Magritte, Hegel’s Holiday, 1958

The Surrealists (1920-1960)

During and immediately after WW I, a group of young poets and artists challenged a society that permitted millions to be killed in an unspeakable tragedy. Several of those activists were WW I veterans. The movement, first based on the written word in the form of provocative manifestos and poems (Tzara, Breton, Aragon), established its headquarters in Paris in the early 1920s. It soon attracted several of the most talented artists of the time (Chirico, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy, Dali, Miró, Magritte, etc.) and evolved into a popular visual revolution still influential to this day.

Presentation & Slide Show by Michel Sarda

Please call to reserve your seat.  A $10 contribution is requested to attend the presentation and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.

Upcoming Dates:

March 8:  Salvador Dali

April 12:  Art in Venice

May 10:  Hieronymus Bosch & Peter Bruegel

 June 14:  What is Modern Art?

Shemer Art Center

5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix 85018

(602) 262-4727

About Art Renaissance

The Art Renaissance Foundation (also known as the Art Renaissance Initiative) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) out of Phoenix Arizona. It was established July 1992 as a non-profit promotional vehicle for the large work of music, entitled An American Requiem, that ARI commissioned to ASU composer Dr. James DeMars. This work received subsequent dedications from President Clinton and three Nobel Peace Prize laureates.  With an all volunteer board and executive committee, the foundation has accomplished several cultural innovations over the years such as producing the first Arizona Vivaldi Festival in 1998, and teaching French as a second language to adults through 2000. The foundation currently focuses on lectures and exhibitions of French authors and artists, and has been nominated for the Governor’s Arts Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

ARI keeps in touch with its supporters and friends by hosting a monthly luncheon where guests can meet prominent artists and community members, and by publishing a monthly newsletter, “Renaissance” that develops art-related topics and provides a calendar of upcoming events. To sign up for the monthly newsletter, please e-mail Michel Sarda at