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You are free to choose any work from this course-specific collection of surrealist art from UMMA as the subject for your third essay (Visual Analysis).  You can also search through the UMMA Exchange to find a different work to analyze for your paper -- but in this case, please check in with me first about your intentions.

We will spend some time in class Wednesday, Sep. 30 reviewing and discussing some of the works from this collection, so please come to class with specific observations, questions, and/or reflections in mind to contribute to our conversations.


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Party Picture

Accession Number
2004/2.58

Title
Party Picture

Artist(s)
Laurie Simmons

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1985

Medium & Support
chromogenic color print on paper

Dimensions
11 in x 14 1/16 in (28 cm x 35.7 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick

Subject matter
Music plays, people dance, and disco balls swirl to create what seems to be your typical party scene—perhaps your average Saturday night. Looking closer, we see that Simmons uses surreal photographic techniques, capturing miniature figures in monochromatic, ambiguous miniature settings, intentionally distorting the viewer's perspective and creating a realm of fantasy and fiction. “The dummy is such a metaphor for lying and telling the truth,” Simmons says. They are used here to deceive.

Physical Description
The image depicts figures beneath three disco balls in three different horizontal compartments; one red, another yellow, and the third blue. 

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form.

Keywords
dancing (activity)
discotheques
figurines
miniatures (toys)
parties (events)

2 Related Resources

Decadence
(Part of 5 Learning Collections)
Surreal Photography
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

& Author Notes

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On display