Somewhere between 1918 and 1925, surrealist artists started a game called “Exquisite Corpses” on a lark that quickly turned into an artistic movement throughout the 20th century and resonates to the present day. The concept of the game, highlighted in the exhibition Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration, begins with a collection of words or images collectively assembled; each collaborator then adds to the composition in sequence. Artists such as André Masson, Joan Miró, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Mark Manders, and Nicola Tyson have all taken part, subjecting the human body to distortions and juxtaposition and transforming it into bizarre figures, such as Steve Gianakos’s “She Could Hardly Wai” (1996), a portrait of a woman whose head doubles as a clothing pin. Exquisite, indeed!

Thu., March 15, 10 a.m., 2012