In 1919, Marcel Duchamp drew a mustache on a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinciâ€™s Mona Lisa, signed it, and inscribed it L.H.O.O.Q. Pronounced in French, the letters sound like â€œelle a chaud au culâ€ (â€œshe has a hot derriereâ€). Witty and iconoclastic, the mustachioed Mona Lisa became an icon of modernist art. His ideas about what art can be continue to be cutting-edge and strongly debated.
Born into a family of artists, Marcel Duchamp (1887â€“1968) became part of a turn-of-the-century art movement away from traditional academy-style artworks and values. Taking up the family trade when he was 15, Duchamp first painted in a â€œpseudo-Impressionistâ€ style (his term), later adding elements of Cubism and Futurism. At the age of 26, he was catapulted into the international art world when his Nude Descending a Staircase (1912) became a cause celebre at the New York Armory show in 1913, hotly debated on both sides of the Atlantic. By 1913, Duchamp was a celebrated painter; in 1918, he abandoned painting for a quicksilver succession of other interestsâ€”oculism, mechanical drawing, optical illusion, photography, and chess, which he played professionally for ten yearsâ€”while continuing to create almost covertly seminal works of art.
Adriana Herrera states: â€œArguably one of the most important voices in visual arts of the last century, Duchamp has influenced contemporary art and younger generations of artists like very few haveâ€
Public events of Dialogue with Duchamp
Dialogues with Duchamp continue with coming lectures, dialogues and featuring films and videos screened. Also a series of Gallery Walks offering exhibition-related activities for adults and children, on the exhibitions Beyond the Erotic and The Expended Eye will take place. In June and July each program will begin with a brief tour of the exhibition followed by hands-on activities on Duchampian themes such as a photography, found-object art, poetry, sound art, optical artworks, and the making of oneâ€™s own â€œmuseum in a suitcase.â€
Dialogues with Duchamp are made possible by support from the Maldonado Family.
Lecturers in Duchampâ€™s footsteps
Adriana Herrera educated in philosophy and communication, is currently a doctoral candidate. Her research is an interdisciplinary dissertation on the relationship between art and the avant-garde literature and its impact on the contemporary world. Her doctoral tenure is at the Department of Modern Languages & Art at FIU, where she is preparing various curatorial projects.
Armando Droulers is an art historian, educator and artist. He studied at Bard College, Academia de Arte Federico Brandt, New World School of the Arts and the University of Florida. He lectures extensively on art and culture, organizes artistic, culinary, painting and drawing tours, as well as art and wine events throughout the world