Gallery 1759: Marcel Duchamp, Étant donnés, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

30 April 2019

Matthew Affron presents a special lecture on Marcel Duchamp. In 1954, Duchamp oversaw the installation of the distinguished Arensberg collection of modern and pre-Columbian art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. That collection featured the world’s most significant and comprehensive production of the artist’s own work to date. This was likely also when Duchamp selected a small room in the museum’s modern wing, known at the time as gallery 1759, as the future site of his last major work, the room-sized tableau-construction Étant donnés (1946-66).

This talk will consider Étant donnés as an intervention in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in terms of Duchamp’s ideas about museums in general.

Event details

  • When: 6.00pm - 7.30pm
  • Where: Old Geology Lecture Theatre
    University of Sydney
    Camperdown, NSW 2006
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration:https://matthewaffron.eventbrite.com.au
  • Contact: The Power Institute
    powerinstitute.events@sydney.edu.au
  • More info: powerpublications.com.au
  • Speaker/ Performer: Matthew Affron is the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since joining the museum in 2013, he has organized The essential Duchamp (2018-19) and co-organized Paint the revolution: Mexican modernism, 1910-1950 (with the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, 2016-2017), among other exhibitions. An upcoming project will focus on Henri Matisse in the 1930s. He has published and lectured widely on topics in modern art. He holds MA and PhD degrees in art history from Yale University.


Gallery 1759: Marcel Duchamp, Étant donnés, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Where Old Geology Lecture Theatre
University of Sydney
Camperdown, NSW 2006
When

30 April 2019


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