Social phenomenon often creates timely opportunities

The popularity of Netflix series, The Queen’s Gambit has caused interest in chess to surge across the US and around the world. Since its debut, millions of members have joined; millions of households have watched the show, and sales of chess sets and books about chess have skyrocketed. This passion for chess was certainly shared by Surrealist artists and in particular, visionary artist Man Ray. This new and rare exhibition offers a timely opportunity to tap into this cultural phenomenon, creating a new original avenue for audience engagement through links to chess. Drawing upon a superb European private collection, the exhibition presents an evocative overview of this Man Ray’s life, career, a multitude of his passions and in particular chess. It includes original works of painting, sculpture, drawings, his own “rayographs,” vintage photography, and six of his iconic and creative chess sets, the largest, existing collection of Man Ray chess sets.

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