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A Surreal Archive: The Young-Mallin Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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A Surreal Archive: The Young-Mallin Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Tammy Nguyen (b. 1984, San Francisco, CA) is a multimedia artist working with geopolitics, science, and less known histories. She received a BFA from the Cooper Union in 2007 and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2013. In 2007-08, Nguyen was a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam where she studied traditional lacquer painting. Her work has been collected by Yale University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, MIT Library, and the Museum of Modern Art Library. In fall 2016, Nguyen founded Passenger Pigeon Press, an independent press that brings the work of scientists, journalists, creative writers, and visual arts together to create politically nuanced projects.

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Foreword by Timothy Rub

Introduction by Susan Anderson Laquer with Rose Chiango and Margaret Huang

Texts by Glen Berger, Mark Polizzotti, and Tammy Nguyen


This limited-edition publication celebrates Judith Young-Mallin’s unique archival collection of photographs, correspondence, ephemera, audiovisual material, rare books, and artwork. Acquired by the museum in 2015, the collection features key figures in the Surrealist movement and other 20th-century cultural luminaries, including Leonora Carrington, Noma Copley, William Copley, Carol Janeway, M. F. K. Fisher, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy, and Ossip Zadkine.


A Surreal Archive is a creative reinterpretation of Young-Mallin’s collection by artist Tammy Nguyen, who draws from the collection to create a delightfully quirky book that celebrates the spirit of the Surrealist circle in New York and Young-Mallin’s role as friend, host, and collector. At the center of the book is a pop-up version of the infamous dollhouse that Young-Mallin commissioned and populated with original works of art and dolls modeled after Man Ray, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and others. The fold-out book is housed in a decorative box and comes with a 16-page booklet that offers an overview of the collection and appreciations of Young-Mallin and her world by authors Glen Berger and Mark Polizzotti.

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  • Boxed
  • 16 pages
  • 8 ¾" x 10 ¾"
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-87633-287-0
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