Duchamp, childhood, work and play: the vernissage for first papers of surrealism, New York, 1942

Hopkins, D. (2014) Duchamp, childhood, work and play: the vernissage for first papers of surrealism, New York, 1942. Tate Papers, 2014, 22.

Hopkins, D. (2014) Duchamp, childhood, work and play: the vernissage for first papers of surrealism, New York, 1942. Tate Papers, 2014, 22.

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Abstract

Visitors to the opening of the First Papers of Surrealism exhibition in New York in 1942 were disorientated, not only by Marcel Duchamp’s famous ‘mile of string’ installation, but also by the presence of a group of children who, at Duchamp’s instigation, bounced balls and played hopscotch among them. This paper looks closely at the implications of this dramatic incursion of play into the gallery setting, arguing that this seemingly minor intervention was a significant comment on avant-garde attitudes to work and play.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hopkins, Professor David
Authors: Hopkins, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Journal Name:Tate Papers
Publisher:Tate Britain
ISSN:1753-9854
ISSN (Online):1753-9854
Published Online:06 November 2014

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