Brattleboro Reformer


Brattleboro Museum & Art Center hosts An Evening of Surrealist Games

BRATTLEBORO, VT -- The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) hosts An Evening of Surrealist Games on Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. Over the course of a couple fun-filled hours, participants will learn and play riotous, mind-bending, creative games developed by Andre Breton and his co-conspirators during the 1920s and '30s, the heyday of surrealism. Master of ceremonies Roger Clark Miller (Mission of Burma, Alloy Orchestra) will explain and lead the games, and he'll also DJ, providing a surrealistic soundtrack to the evening. Windham Wines will serve beer and wine. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Visit or call 802-257-0124 x101.

The first game to be played is the Exquisite Corpse word game, in which a collection of words is collectively assembled by a group of players. Other games include the Exquisite Corpse drawing game (advanced drawing skills not required), the Dream Game, and other varieties of surrealist word games. Miller says, "The wonder of these games is the unexpected juxtapositions that occur, creating amazingly synchronistic sequences and unexpected meanings and connections."

The games require 3-4 people (up to 6 in some cases), so there will be a number of tables with different games going on simultaneously. After explaining the games, Miller will stroll the tables, making sure the simple but sometimes oddly confusing rules are followed. According to Miller, "A great virtue of these games is that they are not at all competitive. A person who is an experienced artist may interact with a more naive drawer to produce a brilliant composition. It's all about the collective work."

Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The museum's exhibits and gift shop are open every day except Tuesday, 11-5. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Admission is free to all on Thursdays after 2 p.m. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit

Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and C&S Wholesale Grocers, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, People's United Bank, David F. Walter Goldsmith & Platinumsmith, Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, and Allen Brothers Oil.


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