Reinventing the Wheels

posted: 05-27-10
Ji Li, "Duchamp Reloaded"
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As the curator of a new show at Princeton's Paul Robeson Center of Art points out, sometimes progress is really a matter of circling back around to the origin, only to see the place for the first time. In other words, history can be all about reinventing the wheel.

The show, which runs through July 2, takes a new spin on Marcel Duchamp's "assisted readymades" by placing the iconic mounted Bicycle Wheel in a new and mobile context. Can it be spun, and if so, will its path be smooth or jittery?

Another highlight is Ji Li's "Duchamp Reloaded," which resituates a copy of Duchamp's wheel in a curbside environment. The piece has already been vandalized.

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