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Surrealism takes center stage in November at Carnegie
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The Carnegie Arts Center has three upcoming Surrealist-themed events in connection with the Joan Miró exhibit.

The first event, “Miró: Birth of a Sign Language” is set for Sunday as part of the free Sunday Arts Lecture series. The lecture, presented by Sidra Stich, an art historian, curator, and expert on Surrealism, will focus on the life and career of Miró.

Stich received a Masters from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Art History from UC Berkeley.

Stich’s book “Anxious Visions: Surrealist Art,” takes a detailed look at the various artists and events influencing the Surrealist movement from its earliest manifestation to the post WWII era.

The presentation is set for 2 p.m.

The following Tuesday the Center will present a Surrealism inspired jazz concert.

The concert, Surrealism in Jazz Improvisation with the Joe Mazzaferro Septet, is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Joe Mazzaferro is a Sacramento based trumpeter, educator, and composer. He became the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at California State University Stanislaus in 2012 where he teaches various jazz courses and directs the CSU Stanislaus Jazz Ensemble. He also serves as the Musical Director and Co-Founder of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra.

Tickets for the jazz concert are $8 for general admission, $5 for Carnegie members and free for CSU Stanislaus students with id.

The final November event is Dream it Up! A Surrealist Celebration, as part of the free Family Friday series.

The artists in the Surrealist movement had many distinct styles and personalities. Their images often arose from dreams, accidents, and a sense of humor. Participants will learn about works by Dalí, Miró, Arp and Magritte, and create their own art based on some of their simple techniques and unique visions. 

The family event is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 21.

The works of Spanish surrealist Joan Miró will be on display at the Carnegie Arts Center for the through Jan. 11, 2015. Sept. 13, as part of the annual Carnegie Arts Center Gala. The gala is from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. “Joan Miró’s Fantastic Universe: Prints by the Master of Surrealism” is a curated collection of 60 original lithographs and etchings that highlight the artist’s explorations of dreams and the subconscious.