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.
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.
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.
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.
View magazine devotes the March issue (ser. 5, no. 1)
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
Collaborates with Enrico Donati on Brentano's window display
of the second edition of Breton's Le Surréalisme et la
Designs catalogue cover for the Man Ray exhibition "Objects
of My Affection", Julian Levy Gallery.
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".
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.
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
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.