"Seduction of Duchamp: Bay Area Artists' Response," draws its inspiration from the momentous historic West Coast Roundtable on modern Art discussion held at the old San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1949, which featured Duchamp as the main speaker joined by prominent invited guests. The invitees included Robert Goldwater, editor of the Magazine of Art and associate professor of art at Queens College, Alfred Frankenstein, music and art editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Burke, author, literary critic and professor at Bennington College in Vermont, Andrew Ritchie, director of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, Gregory Bateson, the cultural anthropologist, the abstract painter Mark Tobey, the composer Darius Milhaud, and the architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
This show examines Duchamp's long lasting fascination and influence on today's bay area artists who continue to grapple with questions he raised then. These questions are still relevant, what makes something art? How can an object be called a work of art? Is it something inherent to the object? Is it when an artist declares it as art? Is art defined by an object's placement in a collection or institution, like a gallery or museum?
The works represent a wide variety of artistic practices, themes and experiments in the field of optical illusions, cinema, moving constructions and ready-mades that link Duchamp to new artistic forms such as op-art, kinetic art, installation. "The Seduction of Duchamp" at the Slaughterhousespace unveils, by and large, newly created works for this occasion and the invited artists have never presented their work at the Slaughterhouse venue.
The opening Saturday, October 3 includes a performance by Gregangelo's Velocity Circus. Portions of this program are partially funded by the Art Council of Sonoma County. The exhibition runs until November 7.