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A Surreal Archive: The Young-Mallin Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

A Surreal Archive: The Young-Mallin Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

by Tammy Nguyen
Foreword by Timothy Rub; introduction by Susan Anderson Laquer with Rose Chiango and Margaret Huang; texts by Glen Berger, Mark Polizzotti, and Tammy Nguyen

This limited-edition publication celebrates Judith Young-Mallin’s unique archival collection of photographs, correspondence, ephemera, audiovisual material, rare books, and artwork. Acquired by the museum in 2015, the collection features key figures in the Surrealist movement and other twentieth-century cultural luminaries, including Leonora Carrington, Noma Copley, William Copley, Carol Janeway, M. F. K. Fisher, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy, and Ossip Zadkine.

A Surreal Archive is a creative reinterpretation of Young-Mallin’s collection by artist Tammy Nguyen. Drawing from archival materials, this delightfully quirky book celebrates the spirit of the Surrealist circle in New York and Young-Mallin’s role as friend, host, and collector. At the center of the book is a pop-up version of the infamous dollhouse that Young-Mallin commissioned and populated with original works of art and dolls modeled after Man Ray, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and others. The fold-out book is housed in a decorative box and comes with a sixteen-page booklet that offers an overview of the collection along with appreciations of Young-Mallin and her world by authors Glen Berger and Mark Polizzotti.

16 pages
8 ¾ x 10 ¾ inches
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-87633-287-0