Jorge Pardo

"Some Aesthetic Decisions: A Centenary Celebration of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain" at NSU Art Museum

May 14 – September 3, 2017

One hundred years ago, Dada artist Marcel Duchamp forever changed the nature of art when he submitted Fountain, a porcelain urinal signed R. Mutt for the Society of Independent Artists exhibition in New York (April 9, 1917). This exhibition was an open call to artists in which any submission would be shown. Duchamp, who was on the Society’s board, tested the limits of the organization’s guidelines by anonymously submitting what would become his most famous readymade (an ordinary manufactured object that he designated as a work of art). The subsequent rejection of Duchamp’s Fountain by the exhibition’s organizers ignited a controversy that continues today about the definition of art and who gets to pass judgment.

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