Born
Galesburg, IL (1910 - 2012)

Selected Solo Exhibitions
1934
Dorothea Tanning, New Orleans
1944
Dorothea Tanning, Julien Levy Gallery, New York, April
1945
Dorothea Tanning, Caresse Crosby Gallery, Washington, D.C., March 15-April 10
1948
Recent Painting by Dorothea Tanning, Julien Levy Gallery, New York, January
1950
Sept Périls Spectaux: Lithographies en Couleurs par Dorothea Tanning, Galerie Les Pas Perdus, Paris, May
1951
Dorothea Tanning, American Contemporary Gallery, Hollywood, California, April 4-23
1953
Dorothea Tanning, Alexandre Iolas Gallery, New York, January 14-31
1954
Dorothea Tanning:Peintures, Galerie Furstenburg, Paris, May 7-30
1955
Dorothea Tanning, Arthur Jeffress Gallery, London, February 22-March 19
1959
Dorothea Tanning, Galerie Edouard Loeb, Paris, May 26-June 13
1959
Dorothea Tanning, Galerie Mouradian & Vallotton, Paris, May 26-June 13
1959
Accueil: Dorothea Tanning, Galerie Le Point Cardinal, Paris, April
1961
Dorothea Tanning, Alexandre Iolas Gallery, New York, April. (also in 1965)
1961
Dorothea Tanning, Galleria Galatea, Turin, October
1962 Dorothea Tanning: Peintures 1959-1962, Galerie Mouradian Vollotton, Paris, May 15-June 6
1963
Dorothea Tanning: Bilder, Gouaches, Zeichnungen, 1957-1963, Galerie der Speigel, Colgne, June 14-July 30
1964
Dorothea Tanning: Bilder, Gouaches, Zeichnungen, 1957-1963, Amerika Haus, Berlin, February
1965
Dorothea Tanning, Galerie Le Point Cardinal, Paris, May 24-June 15
1966
Dorothea Tanning: Peintures Récentes et Petites Sculptures d'Or, Galerie Le Point Cardinal, Paris, May 24-June 30
1969
Dorothea Tanning, Galerie Alexandre Iolas, Geneva, March 26-April 30
1971
Dorothea Tanning: Sculpture, Galerie Alexandre Iolas, Milan, February 23-March 18
1973
En Chair et En Or, etchings, Galerie Editions Georges Visat, Paris, June
1974
Dorothea Tanning: Oeuvre, retrospective, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, May 28-July 8
1975
Dorothea Tanning, Galerie Bel'Art, Stockholm, November-December
1978
Dorothea Tanning: Drawings, Watercolours, and Collages, J.P.L. Fine Arts, London, February
1979
Dorothea Tanning: Ten Recent Paintings and A Biography, Gimple and Weitzenhoffer, New York, October-November
1980
Dorothea Tanning, Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, March 30-April 21
1983
Dorothea Tanning: Paintings, Stephen Mazoh Gallery, New York, September 27-October 29
1987
Dorothea Tanning, Feingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, April 3-May 31
1988
11 Paintings: Dorothea Tanning, Kent Fine Art Inc. New York, May 18-June 18
1989
Dorothea Tanning: Between Lives, Runkel-Hue-Williams Ltd., London, September 15-October 13
1990
Dorothea Tanning: Messages, Nahan Contemporary, New York, March
1992
Dorothea Tanning: Hail Delirium! Print Retrospective, The New York Public Library, New York, May 9-July 18
1993
Dorothea Tanning: Works 1942-1992, Camden Arts Center, London, September 17-November 21
2000/1
Dorothea Tanning: Birthday and Beyond, Philadelphia Museum of Art, November 2000–January 2001
2005
Dorothea Tanning: Insomnias, Paintings from 1954-65, Kent Gallery, New York
2009
Dorothea Tanning: Beyond the Esplenade: Paintings, Drawing and Prints from 1940 to 1965, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.
2010
Dorothea Tanning: Early Designs for the Stage, The Drawing Center, New York.
Happy Birthday, Dorothea Tanning!, Maison Waldberg, Seillans.
Zwischen dem Inneren Auge und der Anderen Seite der Tür: Dorothea Tanning Graphiken, Max Ernst Museum.
Dorothea Tanning: 100 years – A Tribute, Galerie Bel’Art, Stockholm.
2012
Dorothea Tanning: Collages,
Alison Jacques Gallery, London.
2013
Dorothea Tanning: Unknown but Knowable States, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.
Dorothea Tanning/Run: Multiples – The Printed Oeuvre, Gallery of Surrealism, New York.
2014
Dorothea Tanning: Web of Dreams, Alison Jacques Gallery, London.

Selected Group Exhibitions
1937
De Young Museum Annual, De Young Museum, San Francisco
1941
Directions in American Painting, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
1943
31 Women, Art of This Century Gallery, New York
1944
Abstract and Surrealist Art in the United States, Cincinnati Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art
1946
San Francisco Museum of Art Annual, San Francisco
1947
Surrealisme, Galerie Maeght, Paris
1948
The Temptation of St. Anthony, Knoeddler Gallery, New York
Howard Putzel Gallery, New York
1951
Surrealist and Abstract Art, The Brooklyn Museum, New York
1953
Six Artists: Gouaches, Acquarelles, Livres d'Art, Galerie René Drouin, Paris.
1954
Artists in Arizona, University of Arizona Art Museum, Tempe
1956
Exposition de Trois Peintre Americains: Max Ernst, Man Ray, Dorothea Tanning, Musee de Beaux-Arts de Tours, Tours, France
1962
Surrealismus: Phantastiche Malerei der Gegenwart, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna
1964
Hanover Gallery, London
1972
The Surrealist Experience, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
Les Peintres Belges et les Surrealistes, Musée d'Art et Industrie, Saint-Etienne, France
1977
Surrealism and American Art 1931-1947, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
1977
Paris/New York, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1978
Dada and Surrealism Reviewed, Arts Council of Great Britain at the Hayward Gallery, London
1981
Art Americaine, Centre National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1984
Surrealism in Chicago Collections, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
1984
Kafka, Centre National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1987
Assemblage, Kent Fine Art Inc., New York
1987
The Anatomy of Drawing: An Exhibition of Nudes, Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston
1988
Enduring Creativity, Whitney Museum Fairfield County, Stamford, CT
1988
Venice Biennale, Summer
1988
Modern Masters II, Runkel-Hue-Williams, Ltd., London
1988
Convulsive Beauty: The Impact of Surrealism on American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County, Stamford, CT and Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York
1989
25th Anniversary Exhibition to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Leo Castelli, New York
1990
Bijoux d'Artistes, Atelier Hugo, London, Paris
1991
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
1993
Le Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center, New York
1999
Surrealism: Two Private Eyes/The Nesuhi Ertegun and Daniel Filipacchi Collections, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
2000
Sweet Dreams and Nightmares: Dada and Surrealism from the Rosalind and Melvin Jacobs Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
2001-2
Surrealism: Desire Unbound, The Tate, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2011
Exultation: Sex, Death & Madness in Eight Surrealist Masterworks, Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern, San Francisco, California

Theatre
1946
The Night Shadow (sets and costumes). Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, New York. Choreography by George Balanchine, music by Vittorio Rieti
1950
The Witch (sets and costumes). Sadlers Wells with New York City Ballet, Covent Garden, London. Choreography by John Cranko
1952
Bayou (sets and costumes). New York City Ballet, New York. Choreography by George Balanchine, music by Virgil Thomson
1953
Will o' the Wisp (sets and costumes). New York City Ballet, New York. Choreography by Ruthanna Boris
1961
Judith (costumes). Théatre de France, Paris. Play by Jean Giraudoux, directed by Jean Louis Barrault

Film
1944
Dreams That Money Can Buy (performer). A film by Hans Richter
1956
8 x 8 (performer). A film by Hans Richter
1959
Dorothea Tanning: Le Regard Ebloui (The Astonished Gaze). A film by Jean Desvilles, les Productions Tanit, Paris
1978
Insomnias, The Art of Dorothea Tanning, A film by Peter Schamoni, Argos Films, Paris and Munich. Grand Prize for Direction, Festival International du Film d'Art, Palmares, 1981