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"Arch Conspirators," (detail) 1917, by John Sloan, American, 1871–1951. Etching. Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Collaborations and Collusions: Artists’ Networks from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
November 6, 2014 - February 8, 2015
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
Halford Gallery
Focus Gallery
Center Gallery

Featuring loaned works reflecting the importance of Marcel Duchamp’s relationship to his family, this installation, drawn largely from the permanent collection of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, challenges the myth of artistic isolation. It addresses the importance of the networks that encouraged many of the leading practitioners of modern and contemporary art, including Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns.

RELATED PROGRAMMING

Winter 2015

January 21, 2015 | 4:30 p.m. | Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

“The Legacy of Marcel Duchamp”

Considered one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, the artist Marcel Duchamp helped reshape the way art is practiced and understood. Come hear how a scholar, a museum director, and a conservator understand and interpret the legacy and importance of this transformative figure. Scott Homolka, Associate Conservator of Works on Paper at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; James W. McManus, Emeritus Professor of Art History at California State University, Chico; and Michael Taylor, Director of the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College.

January 21, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | BCMA

Winter Open House at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Celebrate the beginning of the spring semester and the exhibition Collaborations and Collusions: Artists’ Networks from the Nineteenth Century to the Present.

January 29, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. | BCMA

Thursday Night Salon. “Collaborations, Collusions, and Duchamp”

Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director, will offer a tour and overview of the exhibition Collaborations and Collusions: Artists’ Networks from the Nineteenth Century to the Present. She will consider how pioneering groups of modern and contemporary artists supported and encouraged one another in pioneering artistic breakthroughs from impressionism and post-impressionism to cubism, dada, pop, and conceptual art. She will focus in particular on the important contributions of Marcel Duchamp, whose work is featured in this exhibition. 

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Fall 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 4:30 p.m. | Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
“The Art and Life of Marcel Duchamp: A Collision of the Personal and Professional”
Francis Naumann, scholar, curator, and proprietor of Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York, will address Marcel Duchamp’s ties to the many artists in his family, including his brothers Jacques Villon and Raymond Villon-Duchamp, his sister Suzanne Duchamp, and her husband, Jean Crotti. Naumann’s numerous publications include, most recently, The Duchamp Family of Artists (2014). Supported by the Shapell Family Art Fund.
RSVPs are requested, but not required. You may RSVP here.


Thursday, November 6, 2014 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Reception
Enjoy refreshments, conversation, and a chance to see the work of Marcel Duchamp and members of his family after the lecture by Francis Naumann. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Collaborations and Collusions: Artists’ Networks from the Nineteenth Century to the Present.

"Arch Conspirators," (detail) 1917, by John Sloan, American, 1871–1951. Etching. From left to right: Charles Frederick Ellis, Marcel Duchamp (standing), Gertrude S. Drick (“Woe”), Allen Russell Mann, Betty Turner, John Sloan.) Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
"Duchamp at Chess Board," 1958, printed later, gelatin silver print, by Arnold T. Rosenberg. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.