Duchamp Symposium

Duchamp expert and author, Francis M. Naumann, has agreed to organise a symposium to present the sources Duchamp might have gleaned from his sojourn in Herne Bay, and which may have gone on to influence his future work.

Naumann opened a gallery in New York in 2001 that specialises in American Art of the 20th Century as well as European Art from the Dada and Surrealist periods.  Before opening his gallery, he was an art historian and curator who specialised in the subject of Marcel Duchamp and New York Dada.

 Naumann has authored and edited many books on Duchamp, including Affectionately Marcel: The Selected Correspondence of Marcel Duchamp (2000); Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Making Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1999); Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess (2009) and, most recently, The Recurrent, Haunting Ghost: Essays on the Art, Life and Legacy of Marcel Duchamp (2012).

The Marcel Duchamp Herne Bay Symposium will take place on Friday 2 August at the Kings Hall, Herne Bay.   To register for the Symposium please click here.

The following six speakers are all confirmed and they are now working on the papers they will deliver in August:

Paul Franklin – Editor of the Duchamp annual journal, Etant donné – on the subject of Duchamp and the English language (since Herne bay was the place where Duchamp first encountered it), or what is today commonly called ‘Franglaise’.

Linda Henderson – Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of Duchamp in Context: Science and Technology in the Large Glass and Related Works – on the scientific sources Duchamp might have encountered at Herne Bay (one of which she has already written about – the lights he saw on the pier).

Michael Taylor – Director of the Hood Museum, Dartmouth (former curator of the Duchamp Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art) – on the two drawings and two notes that Duchamp composed during his stay in Herne Bay.

Bradley Bailey – Professor of Art History at the University of St. Louis – who specialises in Duchamp and has published several well-received articles on the artist, who will discuss the subject of games, particularly those that Duchamp might have found on the Herne Bay pier.

Kieran Lyons – Independent artist and researcher with a particular interest in Duchamp’s early career.  Contributing researcher at the University of Plymouth’s Transtechnology Research, his PhD on military themes relating to Duchamp was awarded in 2008.  He will speak on the sources of popular culture Duchamp may have encountered during his stay in Herne Bay.

Cecile Debray-Amar – Curator at the Pompidou Centre – who is currently working on an exhibition of Duchamp as a painter and who will be speaking on Duchamp’s decision to stop painting.

We plan to publish the papers from the Herne Bay Symposium and make this important research available to scholars and all other interested parties.  We are currently seeking a publisher for this project.

The Symposium will take place on Friday 2 August at the Kings Hall, Herne Bay.   To register for the Symposium please click here.

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