Inspired by the Whitney-curated travelling exhibition of the same name, Real/Surreal examines both the juxtaposition and inter-relatedness of two movements in twentieth century American art. While realism strove for the faithful representation of the observable world
and surrealism sought to undermine it, the two were not necessarily mutually exclusive in their execution. By adding elements of one into the other, artists created works that were at once both recognizable and fantastical – a
sometimes seamless, sometimes disturbing merging of the real and imagined world. Real/Surreal at Childs Gallery features works by Paul Cadmus, Jared French, George Tooker, and Rockwell Kent among others in its exploration of this interplay.