New Exhibition at PAMA: Facing Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore

Images (left to right): No Title [Claude Cahun reflected in the mirror, checked jacket], 1928 Monochrome print. No Title [Marcel Moore reflected in the mirror], 1928 Monochrome print. Courtesy of Jersey Heritage Collections JHT/1995/00024/h.

On view this November at Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) – Facing Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore featuring the artists August Klintberg, Cara Tierney, Dayna Danger, Laura Taler and Zanele Muholi.

On now until April 9, 2023
Curated by Michelle Gewurtz

This exhibition bridges generational and geographic divides as contemporary artists respond to the ground-breaking work of Surrealist artist and genderqueer pioneer Claude Cahun (1894-1954) and their partner Marcel Moore (1892-1972). The duo’s photographs have made a significant impact in the art world since their rediscovery in the late 1980s. Claude Cahun (b. Lucy Schwob) and Marcel Moore (b. Suzanne Malherbe) were partners in art and in life, best known today for their striking collaborative portraits of Claude Cahun that trouble gendered representations of femininity, masculinity, and binary ways of thinking.

The exhibition features a group of five emerging, mid-career and established artists working in media ranging from photography, sculpture, textile, film and installation. Work by the contemporary artists touches upon issues of identity, activism, non-binary gender, race, queer politics and aesthetics, as well as the legacy of Cahun and Moore.

Programs and Events:

Family Sunday FUNday
January 29, 2023
Drop-in anytime between 1 – 4:30 p.m. and create artwork inspired by the exhibition Facing Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore.

Facing Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore: Exhibition Celebration with Panel Discussion
March 25, 2023
Join us for a panel discussion during the final weeks of the exhibition. We will explore critical issues related to the expression of non-binary gender and the negotiation of intersectional identity and subjectivity.

Connections Art & Book Club in Partnership with Brampton Library
March 30, 2023
Literature and visual art connect in this distinctive book club. Join Brampton Library and PAMA for a book discussion paired with a tour of the exhibition.

Admission to PAMA is complimentary until the end of the year!

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington Street East in Brampton. Visit to learn more or call 905-791-4055.