Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60603-6404
October 10, 2009–January 3, 2010
"Overview: Sixty years ahead of the avant-garde, aristocratic Victorian women were already experimenting with photocollage. The compositions they made with photographs and watercolors are whimsical and fantastical, combining human heads and animal bodies, placing people into imaginary landscapes, and morphing faces into common household objects. With sharp wit and dramatic shifts of scale akin to those Alice experienced in Wonderland, these images stand the rather serious conventions of photography in the 1860s and 1870s on their heads."