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Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore Exhibition, April-July 2005. Chronology

Acting Out: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore Exhibition, April-July 2005. Chronology

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Published by: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life on Mar 08, 2011
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1892: Birth of Suzanne Malherbe in Nantes.1894: Birth of Lucy Renée Mathilde Schwob in Nantes.1898: Lucy’s mother, Victorine Mary AntoinetteCourbebaisse Schwob, suffers seriouspsychopathological crisis and is committedto an asylum.1906: Dreyfus Affair engenders anti-Semitic outbreaks inNantes. Lucy, Jewish on her father’s side, tauntedby classmates.1907–08: Lucy withdrawn from public school and sentabroad to England to continue studies.1909: Lucy returns to Nantes, learns Greek at the kneesof her paternal grandmother, enrolls in a limitednumber of courses at her old school, and fallsin love with Suzanne Malherbe, the daughter offamily friends.1913–14: Lucy’s first publications in the prestigiousreview
Mercure de France 
, cofounded by heruncle, Marcel Schwob. First photographic portraits.Under various pseudonyms, Lucy contributes to thecultural pages of
Le Phare de la Loire 
, publishedby her father, Maurice Schwob. Suzanne’sfashion drawings appear in the paper under thepseudonym Marcel Moore. Lucy enrolls in a courseon “L’Explication d’auteurs philosophes” at theSorbonne. She composes “Les Jeux uraniens” andsigns the manuscript “Claude Cahun.”1917–18: Maurice Schwob marries Marie EugenieMalherbe, Suzanne’s mother. The “sisters” createan apartment for themselves on the top floor of thenewspaper building in downtown Nantes. Moorestudies at the Nantes Académie des Beaux-Arts.Cahun attends classes at the Sorbonne, volunteersat Sylvia Beach’s Left Bank bookstore, Shakespeareand Co.1919: Publication of
Vues et visions
, written by Cahunand illustrated by Moore.1920: Cahun and Moore rent their first apartment inParis, rue de Grennelle.1922: Cahun and Moore move to an atelier inMontparnasse, 70 rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs.1923–25: Cahun publishes in
Mercure de France 
Journal littéraire 
Disque vert 
. Lends support tothe homosexual journal
. Cahun andMoore among the founders of Les Amis desArts Esotériques, collaborate with the ThéâtreEsotérique.1928: Death of Maurice Schwob. Cahun translates avolume by the sexologist Havelock Ellis into French.Intense photographic activity.1929: Participation in Pierre Albert-Birot’s theatercompany, Le Plateau. Moore takes photographs ofCahun’s performances in
Mystère d’Adam
Barbe Bleue 
, and
. With Cahun’s oversight, Moorecreates the photocollages for
Aveux non avenus
,a nonnarrative patchwork of Cahun’s writings.Moore designs the cover for Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes’s
Frontières Humaines
. Moore’sanamorphic portrait of Cahun is reproduced inthe Surrealist journal
. Cahun and Moore areinterviewed by a columnist for the overseas editionof the
Chicago Tribune 
.1930: Publication of
Aveux non avenus
.1932: Involvement with L’Association des Ecrivains etArtistes Révolutionaires [
]. Meet André Breton.1933: Cahun co-signs
declarations against fascismand French imperialism. Contributes to
. Activities within Surrealist circleescalate.1934: Cahun publishes a polemical pamphlet aboutpoetry and revolution,
Les Paris sont ouverts
(BetsAre On), and earns Breton’s respect.
Acting Out:Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore

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