Patricia Allmer is a leading scholar of surrealism.
Her current exhibition and publication project is titled 4 Saints in 3 Acts: A Snapshot of the American Avant-garde in the 1930s (Manchester University Press, http://edin.ac/2oRLSxU). Opening in October 2017 at The Photographers' Gallery in London, it focusses on photography's little-known contribution to the key modernist event of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's 1934 opera Four Saints in Three Acts. It explores representations of the all-African American cast by photographers, including Lee Miller, Carl Van Vechten, and George Platt Lynes.
Her most recent monograph Lee Miller: Photography, Surrealism, and Beyond (http://tinyurl.com/hh8eezt) is published by Manchester University Press (2016).
Her edited collection Intersections: Women Artists/Surrealism/Modernism (MUP) came out in October 2016. Her illustrated This Is Magritte for Laurence King has been translated into German, Dutch, and Latvian, and was published in August 2016.
Her other major publications include René Magritte: Beyond Painting (MUP: 2009), and the co-edited collections Wonderful Things – Surrealism and Egypt’(Dada/Surrealism, 20.1: 2013),European Nightmares: European Horror Cinema Since 1945 (Wallflower/Columbia University Press: 2012), Re/reading RE/Search (European Journal of American Culture, 30.2: 2011), Collective Inventions: Surrealism in Belgium (Leuven: 2007), and The Forgotten Surrealists: Belgian Surrealism Since 1924 (Image [&] Narrative 13: 2005).
Patricia curated and edited the catalogue for the award-winning major exhibition Angels of Anarchy: Women Artist and Surrealism (Manchester: 2009) (http://tinyurl.com/mdlypd), and co-curated, and co-edited the catalogue for Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs (London: 2014). She has directed and co-directed a range of public programmes accompanying these exhibitions and constituting now open-access online resources (see http://tinyurl.com/k35pk5c). She has contributed widely to exhibition catalogues and other publications. In 2010 she won a Philip Leverhulme Prize in recognition of her major contribution to scholarship on surrealism.
Patricia gained her PhD from Loughborough University in 2005. Prior to arriving in Edinburgh she held a senior research post at Manchester Metropolitan University. She initiated and convened the 2009 Association of Art Historians’ Conference in Manchester, and organized and chaired Judy Chicago’s Manchester lecture and masterclass in 2011. She has given several media appearances, most recently in ITV’s Perspectives documentary on Magritte (2014).
Patricia’s research focuses on twentieth-century art and photography, with a special interest in surrealism. She has a continuing art historical and theoretical interest in critically neglected dimensions of artists’ work, and in under-represented international contexts of surrealism.
Patricia’s current specialist course is Breaking Frames: Women in Dada and Surrealism.
She welcomes PhD applications from students interested in working in the area of surrealism and its related fields.
Current PhD Supervision (First Supervisor)
2016- Karolina Koczynska, 'Transnational Iterations of Surrealism in Poland: the Study of Artes, 1929-1935'.
2015- Naomi Stewart, (Recipient of a Wolfson Scholarship) ‘The Surreal Poetics of Portraiture: Dora Maar and the Photoportrait’.
Grants and Awards
2016 US Embassy/British Association of American Studies Small Grant
2016 The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee Fund
2015 Terra Foundation Research Travel Grant
2014 The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee Fund
2014 The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Arts & Humanities Small Research Grant
2014 The Moray Endowment Fund
2012 Association of Art Historians Museums Bursary
2011 British Academy, Small Research Grant
2010 Philip Leverhulme Prize
2009 British Academy, Small Research Grant
2008 British Academy, Small Research Grant
2007 British Academy, Overseas Conference Grant
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