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1930 birth of Jacques Derrida

1997 death of Gianni Versace

Re: Étant donnés' Back Door, etc.
2002.07.15 15:10   4580b
2002.07.15 21:38   4580b

2005 Blobfest

Re: Étant donnés' Back Door, etc.
2002.07.15 15:10

The "2 KEY" was already scratched into the door at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I don't know anymore about why it is scratched there; I assume the doors needs "2 KEY" to open it. Anyway, I'm intrigued by the idea that "Étant donnés' back door" is a "museum piece" without anyone realizing it is a museum peice.

Re: Étant donnés' Back Door, etc.
2002.07.15 21:38

I am not familiar with Duchamp und die Anderen. Does Daniels write at all about the classical sculptural group within the (exterior) museum pediment above and on axis with the window to the Duchamp gallery at the Philadelphia Museum of Art? This sculptural group, a rare reenactment of classical antique polychromy, represents sacred and profane love via mythological characters. I've been wondering whether Duchamp knew of the symbolism of this group while he was arranging the interior disposition of the Arensberg collection, and specifically the room for the Duchamp collection, and hence the specially installed window.

In any case, I like to think of The Large Glass as a confirming furtherance of the sacred/profane love axis at the PMA. (I wonder where Yara is these days.)




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