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Tuesday 28 March 2017

Zoe Beloff: Talk


New York based artist Zoe Beloff will be delivering a talk to coincide with the current exhibition ‘Ruse: the artfulness of deceit’ at the Holden Gallery.

Zoe Beloff will present an illustrated lecture on the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society, which relates to her series of 'Dream Films' on show in the current exhibition. Zoe Beloff incorporates film into multimedia projects in which the boundaries between historical fact and creative interpretation tend to blur.

'Dream Films' are a series of ten films made by members of The Coney Island Amateur Pyschoanalytic Society, founded in 1926 by Albert Grass. These films — including The Lion Dream, The Praying Mantis, and My Dream of Dental Irritation — are re-enactments of the member’s dreams, and were entered into an annual competition held by the society.

The event is free and no booking necessary.

Zoe Beloff was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and moved to New York in 1980. She received an MA from Edinburgh University and an MFA in film studies from Columbia University, and was in the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been shown internationally at venues that include The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Freud Dream Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, among others. Her exhibition The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and their Circle was seen at the Coney Island Museum in Brooklyn in 2009-2010. Beloff lives in New York and is a professor at Queens College CUNY.