This video documents the performance reading of Chapter 5: Phosphorescence, Pheasants, and Unpleasants, on March 4, 2018, at Art Catalogues. L.A.-based artist Shana Lutker tells the story of the Surrealist fistfight that took place on the Boulevard Montparnasse in Paris on the night of June 14, 1935 between André Breton and Soviet critic Ilya Ehrenburg. The performance took shape as a multimedia lecture with performers, weaving together poetry, film, and emphatic criticism of the Surrealist Era.
This is part of Shana Lutker's ongoing research and work, Le "NEW" Monocle: The History of the Fistfights of the Surrealists. Works from the series have been exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Pérez Art Museum Miami; the 2014 Whitney Biennial and Performa 13 in New York; and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, 18th Street Arts Center and LAXART in Los Angeles.