Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore

April 4, 2005 - July 2005

The Judah L. Magnes Museum
2911 Russell Street
Berkeley, CA 94705

Gallery Hours: Sun-Wed 11-4, Th 11-8

An exhibition to present the little-known chapter in the lives of the famed Surrealist photographer Lucie Schwob (aka Claude Cahun) and her partner, the writer and artist Marcel Moore.

In the 1930s, Cahun and Moore participated in a range of anti-fascist activities. In 1937, they left Paris for the Isle of Jersey. When the Island was occupied during WWII Cahun and Moore were imprisoned for acts of resistance. Their house was commandeered by German troops who looted its contents, dispersing the library and destroying many of the artworks and photographs found on the premises. Despite the fact that what Cahun characterized as "the best of the work" then perished, an intriguing photographic and documentary legacy survived at the Jersey Historical Trust (UK).

Dr. Tirza True Latimer, Guest Curator.

Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore
remains on display at The Judah L. Magnes Museum until July 31, 2005
The exhibition is made possible through a generous grant from the
Walter and Elise Haas Fund

along with additional support from the
Consulat General de France a San Francisco