• 1941
    Issues La Boîte-en-valise (The Box in a Valise) in a limited edition.
    Co-edits the October-November (I, no. 7-8) issue of View, devoted to surrealism.
  • 1942
    Returns to New York, stays for a time with Max Ernst. Collaborates with Breton, Sidney Janis and R.A. Parker on the installation of a Mile of String for the "First Papers of Surrealism" exhibition, 451 Madison Avenue. He also contributes the cover for the exhibition catalogue.
  • 1943
    Establishes new studio at 210 West 14th Street in New York City.
    Designs Brentano's Bookshop window display with Breton and Kurt Seligmann for the publication of Denis de Rougemont's La part du diable.
    Co-edits and designs the cover for issue 2 of the publication VVV.
  • 1944
    Co-edits and designs the cover for issue 3 of the publication VVV.
    Duchamp contributes a scene to the Hans Richter film Dreams that Money Can Buy. The scene utilizes his roto-reliefs alternating with a nude woman filmed in stop-motion as she descends stairs, the image resembling his famous Nude Descending... painting. Other contributors to the film include John Cage, Man Ray, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger and Max Ernst.
  • 1945
    View magazine devotes the March issue (ser. 5, no. 1) to Duchamp, for which he designs the front and back covers.
    Collaborates with Breton, the surrealist Matta and Isabelle Waldberg on the Brentano's Book Store window display for Breton's Arcane 17. This display was soon moved to the Gotham Book Mart because of complaints about the "obscenity" of Matta's work.
    Collaborates with Enrico Donati on Brentano's window display of the second edition of Breton's Le Surréalisme et la peinture.
    Designs catalogue cover for the Man Ray exhibition "Objects of My Affection", Julian Levy Gallery.
  • 1946
    Secretly commences work on Étant Donnés: 1° la chute d'eau, 2° le gaz d'éclairage...
    (Given: 1° the waterfall, 2° the illuminating gas...)
    , a work in progress for the next 20 years. It was installed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and shown publicly for the first time after his death.
    Designs book covers for Breton's Young Cherry Trees Secured Against Hares, (English edition); and Breton's volume on surrealist painter Yves Tanguy.
    Duchamp serves as a juror for the "Bel-Ami International Competition and Exhibition of New Paintings by Eleven American and European Artists".
  • 1947
    Designs Prière de toucher (Please Touch), the cover for "Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme" at the Galerie Maeght in Paris, which consists of a foam rubber breast on black velvet mounted on cardboard.
  • 1949
    Duchamp attends the San Francisco Museum of Art "Western Roundtable on Modern Art". Other participants in the debate were George Boas (the moderator), Frank Lloyd Wright, Kenneth Burke, Alfred Frankenstein, Mark Tobey, Robert Goldwater, Gregory Bateson, Darius Milhaud, and Andrew C. Ritchie.
    Duchamp designs the exhibition "Twentieth Century Art from the Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection", the Art Institute, Chicago, which includes 30 Duchamp pieces.
  • 1950
    The Yale University Art Gallery publishes the catalogue Collection of the Société Anonyme, which contains thirty-three critiques of various artists written by Duchamp over the previous 6 years.
    The Arensberg's art collection, with its abundance of Duchamp pieces, is donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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