Join us for a special lecture on Marcel Duchamp with Matthew Affron, curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Affron will consider Duchamp’s ideas about the institution of the art museum through the room-sized tableau-construction Étant donnés, the artist’s last major work.



In 1954, Marcel Duchamp oversaw the installation of the distinguished Arensberg collection of modern and pre-Columbian art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. That collection featured the world’s most significant and comprehensive production of the artist’s own work to date. This was likely also when Duchamp selected a small room in the museum’s modern wing, known at the time as gallery 1759, as the future site of his last major work, the room-sized tableau-construction Étant donnés (1946-66). This lecture will consider Étant donnés as an intervention in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in terms of Duchamp’s ideas about museums in general.



Matthew Affron is the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since joining the museum in 2013, he has organized The essential Duchamp (2018-19) and co-organized Paint the revolution: Mexican modernism, 1910-1950 (with the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, 2016-2017), among other exhibitions. An upcoming project will focus on Henri Matisse in the 1930s. He has published and lectured widely on topics in modern art. He holds MA and PhD degrees in art history from Yale University.




Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Old Geology Lecture Theatre

University of Sydney

NSW 2006


Image: Marcel Duchamp, Étant donnés: 1° la chute d’eau, 2° le gaz d’éclairage . . . (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas . . .), 1946–66, mixed media assemblage, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1969-41-1.