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Making mischief : Dada invades New York
Naumann, Francis M.
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New York : Whitney Museum of American Art, [1996]

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304 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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Catalog for an exhibition that opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Nov. 1996.
New York Dada : style with a smile / Francis M. Naumann -- Here nothing, always nothing, a New York Dada index, etc. / Todd Alden -- Midnight at the Arensbergs' : a readymade conversation / Steven Watson -- with artist biographies by / Lauren Ross -- Anarchy, politics, and Dada / Allan Antliff -- dAdAmAgs / Jay Bochner -- The European art invasion / Abraham A. Davidson -- Reflections of and/or on Marcel Duchamp's Large glass / Linda Dalrymple Henderson -- Eros, that's life, or the baroness' penis / Amelia Jones -- The object caught by the heel / Rosalind Krauss -- Duchamp's readymades / Molly Nesbit -- A Dada bouquet for New York / Robert Rosenblum -- Authentic spirit of change : the poetry of New York Dada / Dickran Tashjian -- New York Dada portraiture : rendering modern indentity / Beth Venn -- The machine and New York Dada / Barbara Zabel.
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N6535.N5 N32 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Making Mischief: Dada Invades New York, the catalogue for the landmark exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1996, proposes that Dada was not only important to the growth of American modernism, but that the ferment of New York played a critical role in the continuing photographs, and related documentary material records the achievements of the French emigres Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia, the American expatriate Man Ray, as well as American artists Charles Demuth, Katherine Dreier, Charles Sheeler, Joseph Stella, Florine Stettheimer, Clara Tice, and Beatrice Wood.

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Prepared as an exhibition catalog, Making Mischief also serves as a textual and pictorial anthology commemorating the sporadic but epochal forecasts, early in the present century, of today's far more shattering cultural foment. Quaintly innocent though they now seem, the antics of the radical chic of that earlier age slyly interjected into the mainstream of social awareness ingredients that have since been far more egregiously manifested. The present publication comprises a series of topical sections headed by the essay "Style with a Smile," written by Francis M. Naumann, guest curator of the show. The longest component, prepared by Todd Alden, chronicles the signal events contrived by Duchamp, Picabia, the Walter Arensbergs, and their coterie in the years 1913-24. Like the presentations of a dozen other contributors, Alden's chronology is copiously illustrated and engagingly set. Biographical notices recall the participants, some of them now obscure or known mainly for other involvements. Further essays consider, among other points of focus, politics, portraiture, and poetry as facets of the repertory of a small group of individualists, whose fanciful dialogue with inherited artistic and intellectual traditions expressed their collective disdain for the status quo. Plentifully documented. Recommended. General; upper-division undergraduate; professional. F. A. Trapp; emeritus, Amherst College