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(canceled) lecture and performance: éluard & gala

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September 29, 2022 @ 6:00pm 7:30pm

Due to inclement weather, this event has been cancelled. Please visit our calendar of events to view other upcoming events.

Join us for a celebratory talk and a special one-act play to welcome the opening of the exhibition Paul Éluard: Poetry, Politics, Lovewhich focuses on the most renowned and idealistic of all surrealist poets, Paul Éluard. Known as “the Poet of Freedom,” Éluard was one of the founders of Surrealism and was committed to its exploration of dreams, love and freedom. He also was the first husband of Gala Dalí.

Peter Tush, Dalí Museum Curator of Education, will present begin the evening with a short talk touching on Éluard’s approach to poetry, his transition from Surrealism to Communism, and his devotion to the idea of love, embodied by the two muses of his life, Nusch Éluard and Gala.

This will be followed by Heather L. Jones’ “My Unspeakable Confessions: Gala Declines to Explain Herself,” returning by popular demand, which features the commanding performance of Roxanne Fay. This one-act play touches on secrets, fears, promises and lies and is told through Gala Dalí’s fascinating relationship with the Tarot. With genius and with madness, Heather Jones’ words bring our sense and sensitivity to a boiling point, allowing Gala to speak without apology. “My Unspeakable Confessions: Gala Declines to Explain Herself” was commissioned by The Dalí Museum and first performed in 2011.

Peter Tush, Curator of Education

Peter Tush, Senior Curator of Education
Peter Tush is the Curator of Education of The Dalí Museum. Tush has his Undergraduate degree in Art History from New College in Sarasota and his Masters in Art History from the University of South Florida. Part of the Dalí staff for over two decades, he is a key interpreter of the Dalí collection and special exhibitions. He trains the Dalí docents, scripts the audio guides and gallery labels, leads the education team to develop school programming and student exhibits, and works with the curatorial team to develop exhibitions. Over the years, he has presented on a wide range of Dalí-related topics including Surrealism and women, Dalí and Hollywood, and Dalí’s Catalan heritage. In addition, Tush is the co-host of Step Outside on WMNF 88.5fm Tampa.

Roxanne Fay headshot

Roxanne Fay
Roxanne regularly creates new works for The Dalí Museum. Fay’s first film, Breton And The Muse: A Midnight In Paris, was a focal point of The Dalí’s acclaimed exhibition coordinated with Le Centre Pompidou (Paris). The film has recently been accepted into multiple film festivals. Since 2011, audiences at The Dalí have seen her portrayal of Gala Dalí in My Unspeakable Confessions, written by Heather Jones.

As a playwright, Roxanne has been awarded 2022 residency by the Hosking House Trust in Stratford Upon Avon, UK, to complete work on her Shakespeare inspired play, The Deeds Of Mercy. She was named a 2016 Hawthornden Writers’ Fellow (artist in residence, Hawthornden Castle,
Scotland). Her play, Thrice To Mine (created at Hawthornden) premiered in New York in 2019. Roxanne received the 2017 Creative Pinellas Individual Artist Fellowship.

As an actor, Roxanne has received regional awards and acclaim for her work with Jobsite Theater in Doubt, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, and HIR (named one of the best performances of the decade by Broadway World in 2019). Other roles include Dr. Emma Brookner in The Normal Heart and Nurse Ratched in
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, (FL), Leni Riefenstahl in Leni, and Beatrice in The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds (Bridge Street Theatre, NY).