Museum Home Past Exhibitions Surrealist Muse: Lee Miller, Roland Penrose, and Man Ray

February 25–June 15, 2003 at the Getty Center


All events are free and are held in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300 or use the reservation buttons below.


Lee Miller, Muse and Surrealist Artist
Antony Penrose, director of The Lee Miller Archive, presents a profile of his mother, Lee Miller, told through the works of art of those who were inspired by her and through the medium of her own photographs and words.

Sunday, March 2, 4 pm

Frames of Reference: Photographers on Photography
Artist Eileen Cowin discusses her work in photography, video, and video installations as she investigates the emotional, visceral, and intellectual resonance of the narrative process. An Artist Series lecture.

Sunday, March 23, 4 pm


Dramatic Reading
Lee Miller, the Angel and the Fiend
The life and work of Lee Miller—fashion model, Surrealist muse and photographer, combat photographer, and gourmet cook—is brought to life in this dramatic reading for five voices. The words of Lee Miller, Man Ray, Roland Penrose, David Scherman, and Antony Penrose are set to a stream of images drawn from Miller's career in photography. Written by her son and biographer, Antony Penrose, and produced by the Chance Theater Company of Orange County.

Friday, April 4, 8 pm

Saturday, April 5, 3 pm

Saturday, April 5, 8 pm

Sunday, April 6, 3 pm

Portrait of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose / Haupt

Point-of-View Talks

Talks are held at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. in the Museum galleries. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Meg Cranston, sculptor, performance artist, and professor at Otis College of Art and Design, discusses the exhibition.

Friday, April 11

Family Festival

Step into the Surrealist world for a day of celebration and family fun. Create your own work of art inspired by Man Ray and Lee Miller, and explore the dreamlike world of 1930s Surrealism through music, dance, and interactive workshops. Produced by Community Arts Resources.

Saturday, March 29, 10 am – 6 pm
Museum Courtyard