Conversation Dinners

 good food, good company, a good cause: Les Figues Press

Farewell To Surrealism Dinner

Please join us for an intimate dinner and conversation with curator Annette Leddy and artist Luchita Hurtado on the subject of Mexican Surrealism. Leddy is a curator and archivist at the Getty Research Institute and a writer on art and literature; Hurtado is a painter who was a member of an international artists group centered in Mexico City in the 1940s that included Wolfgang Paalen, Alice Rahon, Manual Alvarez Bravo, and Robert Motherwell. The exhibition Farewell to Surrealism: the Dyn Circle in Mexico (Oct. 2012-April 2013) was co-curated by Leddy and Donna Conwell, and featured work from more than a dozen artists whose new aesthetic was a critique of what they saw as surrealism’s simplistic interpretation of Marx and Freud, and played a critical role in the transition from surrealism to abstract expressionism.

Annette Leddy has published essays on writers Roberto Bolano, Angelo Rognoni, and Borges, and on contemporary artists William Leavitt, Larry Bell, Allan Kaprow, and Robert Watts. In 2009 she was awarded an Art Writers grant from the Warhol Foundation and was a finalist for the Frieze Writer’s Prize.

Luchita Hurtado is a painter from Santa Monica, California and Arroya Seco, New Mexico. Born in 1920 in Caracas, Venezeula, Hurtado was a part of the artist group, Dynaton, along with her second husband, artist and collector Wolfgang Paalen. She lived and travelled in Mexico with Paalen, encountering Rufino Tamayo, Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varos, Leonora Carrington, Edward James, Giles Healey, and Sheila Healey. Hurtado’s third husband was artist Lee Mullican.

Dinner and drinks will be served. Dinner will be suitably thematic.


Sunday, November 3, 2013
5:30 p.m.

at the home of
Renée Petropoulos
Venice, CA

Tickets: $125 (includes a copy of the book, mailed to you before the event)
Please note that space is limited to 12 guests.

Price: $125


Previous Conversation Dinners include:

Russian Futurist Dinner

Please join us for an intimate dinner and conversation with Dr. Nancy Perloff on the subject of Russian Futurism. A senior curator of modern and contemporary collections at the Getty Research Institute, Dr. Perloff is a world-renowned expert in Russian Futurism, as well as being a musicologist specializing in experimental and avant garde music. Dr. Perloff’s forthcoming book project, Books to Look at, Books to Listen to: The Great Russian Avant-Garde Experiment, explores the hybridity of word-image-sound interplay in the Futurist book art. Dinner will be suitably thematic, and the conversation will be lively.


Thursday, June 27, 2013
7:00 p.m.

at the home of
Mary Corey
Beverly Hills, CA

Dinner and drinks will be served.
Tickets: $100; $75 for Les Figues members

Please note that space is limited to 12 guests.