Born August 25th, Galesburg, Illinois. Second daughter of Andrew and Amanda Tanning.
Graduation from Galesburg High School, Galesburg, Illinois.
Employment at Galesburg Public Library, Galesburg, Illinois.
Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.
Chicago, Illinois: Briefly attends art school. Operates marionettes at The Chicago World's Fair.
New Orleans, Louisiana for six months, where she has first one-person gallery show of drawings.
New York, New York: Stunning impression made by Fantastic Art, Dada and Surrealism exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
San Francisco, California: Draws covers and cartoons for a new local magazine, The Coast.
New York, New York: Supports herself as a commercial artist.
August: Paris, France. September: escapes to Stockholm, Sweden as the war begins in Europe. October: last boat back to New York.
More commercial art, chiefly fashion pages for Macy's, whose art director introduces her to the gallery owner Julien Levy.
Julien Levy signs her on and introduces her to Max Ernst, whom she later marries.
Summer in Sedona, Arizona.
First one-person exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York. Summer at Great River, Long Island.
Second Long Island Summer (Amagansett). Works on set and costume designs for George Balanchine's ballet The Night Shadow, presented by Les Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo in the old Metropolitan Opera House New York in March 1946.
Returns to Arizona. October 24, marriage to Max Ernst in a double ceremony with Man Ray and Juliet Brouner, Beverly Hills.
Helps to build a wooden house in Sedona, Arizona.
Second solo exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery, New York, New York.
Paris, France: Works on her first album of lithographs, Les Sept Périls Spectraux (The Seven Spectral Perils).
Summer in the south of France. Completes set and costume designs for The Witch, a new ballet choreographed by John Cranko in collaboration with The Sadler's Wells Ballet Company of London, and performed at Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom in August.
Returns to Sedona, Arizona.
Designs scenery and costumes for George Balanchine's ballet Bayou, performed in February by the New York City Ballet, with music by Virgil Thomson. Teaches a class in painting and drawing at summer session, University of Hawaii, Honolulu.
First exhibition at Iolas Gallery, New York, New York. Returns to Paris, France.
First one-person exhibition in Paris, at Galerie Furstenburg.
Begins long association with Georges Visat, master etcher. Installs house and studio in Huismes, Indre et Loire, France.
Sedona, Arizona: Max Ernst loses American citizenship under the McCarran-Walter Act, and in October, Dorothea Tanning returns with Max Ernst to France.
France, U.S.A. and travels through Europe.
An almost year-long bout with sciatica diminishes studio activity.
Moves from Huismes to Seillans, a hilltop village in Provence, France.
Divides time between Seillans, Paris, and New York.
Retrospective exhibition Dorothea Tanning in Knokke-le-Zoute, Belgium. Begins building a house in Seillans, France, a project that will occupy Dorothea Tanning for three years.
Begins a series of cloth sculptures, inspired by a concert of new work by K. Stockhausen in Paris, France.
Moves into completed new house in Seillans, France.
Paris and Seillans, France. Lithography with Pierre Chave, Vence, France.
Retrospective exhibition at the Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Paris (now the Centre George Pompidou).
Max Ernst suffers a stroke.
Max Ernst dies, April 1.
January: opening of the Centre Georges Pompidou, including Dorothea Tanning's sculpture installation Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 (Poppy Hotel, Room 202) (1970-73).
Begins the process of moving back to the United States.
Installs New York apartment and studio.
New York, with short visits to Paris and to Seillans, France.
Santa Monica, California: work at The Litho Shop, the lithography presses of friend Sam Francis.
Publishes a short memoir, Birthday, (Lapis Press, San Francisco).
Lithography in Santa Monica and in New York at the studios of Maurice Sanchez. Work at Christian Guerin etching studio.
Retrospective of prints and illustrated books at the New York Public Library, New York, New York.
Retrospective of paintings, drawings, and sculpture at Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden, which travels to Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom.
Establishes the a prize for mastery in the art of poetry, awarded annually by the American Academy of Poets.
A monograph of paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints is published by George Braziller, New York, New York.
Paints a series of twelve large-scale canvases depicting imaginary flowers over six months. These images inspire twelve poems by contemporary poets, and they are published together in Another Language of Flowers (George Braziller, New York, New York).
Retrospective exhibition of the past two decades' work at the Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, celebrating its acquisition of the painting Birthday (1942).
Publishes an expanded memoir, Between Lives, (W.W. Norton, New York, New York).
Publishes an anthology of poetry, A Table of Content: Poems (Graywolf Press, St. Paul, Minnesota), and a novel, Chasm: A Weekend, (Overlook Press, New York, New York).
Continues to write and publish poetry in a number of literary reviews and magazines, such as The Yale Review, Poetry, The Paris Review, The Boston Review, The Southwest Review, Parnassus, and The New Yorker.
Publishes second anthology of poetry, Coming to That (Graywolf Press, St. Paul, Minnesota).