The First Annual Anne d'Harnoncourt Memorial Symposium: Scholars Present Marcel Duchamp: Etant donnes, Sept. 12
By Philadelphia Museum of Art
posted: 08-28-09

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania are jointly initiating this annual symposium in honor of Anne d’Harnoncourt to celebrate her contributions to art and culture in Philadelphia, the region, and beyond. Scholars Present Marcel Duchamp: Étant donnés
Marcel Duchamp’s enigmatic final masterpiece Étant donnés: 1. La chute d’eau, 2. Le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas) (1946-66), which the Museum’s late George D. Widener Director and CEO, Anne d’Harnoncourt, helped to install in 1969, shaped the contours of d’Harnoncourt’s curatorial and scholarly practice for the next four decades. The work has remained equally influential for generations of artists since. Respected Duchamp scholars, including Hans de Wolf, Elena Filipovic, Paul Franklin, David Hopkins, Francis Naumann, and Michael R. Taylor will present a series of papers offering new viewpoints on Duchamp’s provocative installation and its place within the artist’s iconoclastic oeuvre. The artist’s stepson, artist Paul Matisse, will offer his remembrances of the installation of Étant donnés at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Saturday, September 12, 2009
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.    $50 ($40 members; $15 students); Ticket price includes Museum admission and box lunch

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