Kelly Writers House Talk

Visit Jacket2 for a video of my talk on Duchamp at the Kelly Writers House this past week.

Here is Al Filreis’s description:

Marjorie Perloff visited the Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia for most of four days this week – as a Kelly Writers House Fellow. For three hours on Monday, she met with 21 undergraduates in the so-called Writers House Fellows Seminar; they had read and discussed her writings for the previous five weeks. That evening – April 25, 2011 – she gave a 55-minute talk that, in part, offered the full context for Marcel Duchamp’s attempt to exhibit his pseudonymous readymade, “Fountain” (1917). At the time Duchamp was a board member of the Society of Independent Artists, and submitted the piece under the name R. Mutt to the group’s 1917 exhibition, which, it had been proclaimed, would show all work submitted. After consternated discussion by members of the board about whether “Fountain” was art, it was decided that the work should not be shown. Perloff looked at many of the thousands of paintings and sculptures that were on display at the exhibit, and researched some of the mostly unknown exhibiting artists – and offers us a series of surprising contextualizations, including at least one connection that might provide a pleasant shock.

An audio recording of the talk is also available for streaming and download.